Missionary work, slaveholding in Kansas, a bogus legislature and a murder. These are some of the stories that surface when you investigate the namesake of Johnson County: Reverend Thomas Johnson, who founded the Shawnee Indian Mission (now a museum tucked away in a residential neighborhood). What happened at that site tells a larger story about the relationship between American Indians and the United States government.
- Stephen Warren, associate professor of American Indian histories and cultures, University of Iowa, author, The Shawnees and Their Neighbors, 1795-1870
- John P. Bowes, associate professor of History, Eastern Kentucky University, author, Exiles and Pioneers: Easten Indians in the Trans-Mississippi West
- Howard Ziegenhorn, volunteer, Shawnee Indian Mission