Past Events in Kansas 

Below are some events from the past.
They are being re-listed so you can
see the wide variety of past

The Kansas City Symphony Alliance
held a 2011 Candlelight Preview ...

Roaring Twenties Party

A benefit for the Kansas City Symphony
and a “sneak preview” of
The 42nd Symphony Designers’ Showhouse was held on

Friday, January 21, 2011
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Attendees (many in their Twenties attire)
grabbed their boas and fedoras for an evening of
hors d’oeuvres, desserts, “bathtub gin,” wine and soft drinks
while being entertained by
Flapper/Fashion Historian Bonnie Hansen and
the Piano Stylings of Jan Miller.

All of those present enjoyed being the first shoppers
at the Showhouse Boutique!

Bonnie Hansen in a flapper outfit.  Photo from February 20, 2011 Kansas City Star.

Bonnie Hansen (right), in a flapper outfit, shares some historical insight into fashions of the 1920s with Carolyn Dailey (from left), Sanda Walker and Del Stanley.

Photo which appeared in the
Star Magazine section of
February 20, 2011 Kansas City Star.

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Roaring Twenties Party Invitation

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Flapper Fashion Fun – Flapper Bonnie Hansen with Flapper Friend


June 12, 2010
2:00 to 4:00 pm

It’s Tea Time

a traditional Victorian Tea
presented by
The Sweet Life Grand Court
of Overland Park and
the Victorian Trading Company

The Sweet Life
Grand Court
12000 Lamar Ave
Overland Park , KS

The event included specialty teas, refreshments, door prizes and an entertaining presentation by fashion historian, Bonnie Hansen.  Bonnie took the audience back to the days of Scarlett O’Hara and showed, layer by layer, the mysteries of Victorian underpinnings.

Bonnie demonstrated how a lady of 1860 would get dressed in the morning, including such oddities as corsets, bustles and hoopskirts in this light-hearted look back at Victorian foundation garments.

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October 13, 2009

Open to the public

Experience History - Shawnee Town

Loula Long Combs:
The Mistress of Longview Farm
Shawnee Town Museum – Town Hall
11600 Johnson Dr.
Shawnee, KS 66203
(913) 248-2360

National Geographic called her the “Empress Dowager” of the horse show circuit.  Sports Illustrated named her “Legendary Loula.”  Known for her fabulous fashions and elegant style, she was so much more than the Queen of the American Royal.

Loula Long Combs was the generous, lovable mistress of Longview Farm.  It is easy to see why she was Kansas City’s favorite society lady, when Bonnie Hansen of Vintage Nouveau – Fashions From the Past presents Loula Long Combs: The Mistress of Longview FarmHer story is told with costumes, period photos and a display of historic hats.

Bonnie Hansen was the Executive Producer of Ours to Give: The Long Legacy of An American Family, an award winning documentary film about the Longs , which has appeared on KCPT and other PBS stations nationwide.

Exhibited horses for 65 years - Queen of the American Royal - “First Lady” of Longview Farm Loula Long with two of her harness horses and her Boston terrier, Monk, ca. 1900. Loula waives to the crowd at “The American Royal”
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October 29, 2009
8:30 PM

Channel 19 TV
Kansas City

At 8:30 pm, on Thursday, October 29th,

Peter Hansen, Editor of Railroad History, stared as rail baron Arthur Stilwell in the new Kansas City Public Television weekly series Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III.

Beginning October 8, 2009, this new series allowed viewers to step back in time and meet some of Kansas City’s most historic figures.

Vintage Nouveau - Fashions From the Past was happy to provide both costuming and set decor for a number of episodes.

Peter Hansen portraying rail baron Arthur Stilwell Peter Hansen portraying rail baron Arthur Stilwell
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November 10, 2009
10:00 AM


Veteran’s Day Breakfast:
“A Slice of Home
and a Cup of Joe ...”
Matt Ross Community Center
8101 Marty
Overland Park, KS 66204
(913) 895-6350

Leaving home during WWIIThe Johnson County Library hosted a Positive Aging Coalition presentation of: “A Slice of Home and a Cup of Joe: The Story of Trackside Canteens during WW II” presented by Peter A. Hansen, editor of the Railroad History Magazine.  Women of at least 43 communities nationwide organized trackside canteens for the soldiers and sailors on troop trains.


A “Meet The Past Special”

KCPT Channel 19 in Kansas City presented a “Special” Meet the Past, With Crosby Kemper III.    Bonnie and her husband Pete were live on the set in costume as Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Stilwell.

Thursday, March 11, 2010
at 7:00 pm

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Arthur and Jennie Stilwell as portrayed by Peter and Bonnie Hansen

The Railroads:  Kansas and Missouri

Learn how the industry shaped regional destiny years before the first tracks were laid and why it was the reason Kansas City became the metropolis of the lower Missouri Valley.  From dreamers to scoundrels, from hell-raising grangers to displaced Native Americans, from Harvey Girls to Irish track gangs, explore the railroad’s history.

Two Saturday Sessions,
March 6 & March13, 2010
8:45 am – 11::45 am
211 Carlsen Center,
Johnson County Community College

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Peter Hansen, Editor “Railroad History Magazine”
Peter Hansen
(photo courtesy of
Roy Inman)

Instructor: Peter Hansen, Editor Railroad History Magazine