5/7/2014

National Heritage Areas define America's shared history

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area News Release

Contact:
Sonia J. Smith
Marketing Manager
(785) 856-5304
ssmith@freedomsfrontier.org

Julie McPike
Program Coordinator
(785) 856-5283
jmcpike@freedomsfrontier.org


May 7, 2014

National Heritage Areas define America's shared history

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area defines middle-America's
shared history, from before the Civil War to Civil Rights and beyond 


Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area - National heritage areas, like Freedom's Frontier, preserve, conserve and interpret America's rich history.

In an April proclamation celebrating National Park Week, President Barack Obama invited Americans, "to take in the majesty of canyons, redwoods, and geysers -- to learn the history of Civil War battles and Civil Rights marches...to take advantage of the chance to rediscover the great outdoors and reconnect with the American story."

"This year," the proclamation stated, "marks a significant milestone in America's drive to preserve precious historic sites -- the 30th anniversary of the first National Heritage Area. For decades, the National Heritage Areas Program has enabled our Nation to set aside places that define our shared history and that will help future generations understand what it means to be American."

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area -- which covers 31,021 square miles in 41 Kansas and Missouri counties -- was established October 12, 2006, when President George W. Bush signed it into law. Freedom's Frontier will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in 2016 as the National Park Service marks 100 years.

National heritage areas attract tourists to communities across our country and bring customers to local businesses. For every dollar we invest in our National Parks and affiliates, America generates 10 dollars in economic value.

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area partners include a variety of organizations -- from historical societies and libraries that archive documents, to museums with artifacts, and trails and battlefields where historic events happened. These organizations tell the significant stories preserved by the heritage area along the themes of

  • the shaping of the frontier
  • the Missouri-Kansas Border War
  • the enduring struggle for freedom

More than 100 partners have microsites on the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area Web site: www.freedomsfrontier.org, under the tab "Places to See." An online calendar provides listings of things to do that can assist tourists planning a visit to the 29 eastern Kansas and 12 western Missouri counties in the heritage area.

To find more information about a National Park, or a National Heritage Area, visit www.NPS.gov

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Mission: Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) is dedicated to building awareness of the struggles for freedom in western Missouri and eastern Kansas. These diverse, interwoven, and nationally important stories grew from a unique physical and cultural landscape. FFNHA inspires respect for multiple perspectives and empowers residents to preserve and share these stories. We achieve our goals through interpretation, preservation, conservation, and education for all residents and visitors.

Kansas Counties: Allen · Anderson · Atchison · Bourbon · Chautauqua · Cherokee · Clay · Coffey · Crawford · Douglas · Franklin · Geary · Jackson ·Jefferson · Johnson · Labette · Leavenworth · Linn · Miami · Montgomery · Neosho · Osage · Pottawatomie · Riley · Shawnee · Wabaunsee · Wilson · Woodson · Wyandotte

Missouri Counties: Barton · Bates · Buchanan · Cass · Clay · Jackson · Johnson · Lafayette · Platte · Ray · St. Clair · Vernon

Established: October 12, 2006

Web site:
www.freedomsfrontier.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FreedomsFrontier


Full text of proclamation:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release April 18, 2014 
NATIONAL PARK WEEK, 2014
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

To honor America's natural beauty and cultural heritage, the National Park Service will offer free admission this weekend. This celebration opens opportunities to take in the majesty of canyons, redwoods, and geysers -- to learn the history of Civil War battles and Civil Rights marches. During National Park Week, I encourage Americans to take advantage of the chance to rediscover the great outdoors and reconnect with the American story.

This year marks a significant milestone in America's drive to preserve precious historic sites -- the 30th anniversary of the first National Heritage Area. For decades, the National Heritage Areas Program has enabled our Nation to set aside places that define our shared history and that will help future generations understand what it means to be American.

During my time as President, I have been proud to build on this tradition by establishing 10 new National Monuments. These sites honor American heroes from Harriet Tubman to Cesar Chavez. They conserve the diverse wildlife and rugged landscapes that reflect our character as a people. And just as our parks nourish our spirits, they bolster our livelihoods, attracting tourists to communities across our country and bringing customers to local businesses. For every dollar we invest in our National Parks, America generates 10 dollars in economic value.

This week, as we recommit to conserving these cherished lands, let us build new memories, take on new adventures, and experience all they have to offer. To find a National Park in your area, visit www.NPS.gov.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 19 through April 27, 2014, as National Park Week. I encourage all Americans to visit their National Parks and be reminded of these unique blessings we share as a Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

BARACK OBAMA

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