Julie McPike is 2015 recipient of "The Crosby" Award

Westport Historical Society and Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area News Release

Sonia J. Smith
Marketing Manager, Freedom's Frontier
(785) 856-5304

Alana Smith
President, Westport Historical Society
(816) 561-1821 or (913) 231-6749

April 21, 2015

Freedom's Frontier Managing Director Honored with Historic Preservation Achievement Award

Westport Historical Society announces Julie McPike is the 2015 recipient of the Crosby Kemper III Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) Managing Director Julie McPike has been named the 2015 recipient of the Crosby Kemper III Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation.

McPike is being honored for her outstanding organizational leadership in historic preservation public policy, and promoting issues of importance to historic preservation. Presentation of the award is Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 2 p.m., in the Westport Shopping Center at Westport Road and Southwest Traffic Way, Kansas City, MO, next to the covered wagon.

The Crosby Kemper III Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation, known as The Crosby, recognizes people, organizations, projects, programs, or polices that make, or have made, significant contributions to historic preservation in conjunction with an entity or property in the states of Kansas or Missouri. This award acknowledges noteworthy accomplishments in the promotion and advancement of the National Historic Preservation goals with respect to cultural and natural heritage resources, and historic preservation, especially those which add benefit for the state(s) and the public.

During McPike's six years with Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, she has worked to develop multiple opportunities to assist partners in the 41-county, bi-state area to preserve, protect, interpret and promote the unique history of Freedom's Frontier. In 2009, she began working with Freedom's Frontier as the local coordinator for the management plan consultant team. Within a few short months, she was helping to lead strategic planning sessions and writing sections of the management plan.

Over the past six years, McPike has led the Freedom's Frontier team in developing a strong base for empowering partners preserve and share our history. Programs such as the Freedom's Frontier Interpretive Grants provide assistance for the preservation and interpretation of the shared Missouri-Kansas history. One successful example of a Freedom's Frontier Interpretive Grant is the effort to preserve Hattie's Room at the 1855 Harris-Kearney House, Westport Historical Society's museum at 4000 Baltimore, in Kansas City, MO.

McPike also works to connect partners to outside resources, such as securing an American Battlefield Protection Program grant to complete a preservation plan for Lone Jack Battlefield and helping to secure private investment for numerous partner historic sites and museums.

Over the past six years, McPike has also become a leader in the National Heritage Area movement, was recently elected to the board of the Alliance of National Heritage Areas and is co-chairing that organization's strategic planning committee.

As Freedom's Frontier plans for its 10th anniversary in 2016, McPike is leading her team to plan exciting programs that will raise the profile of Freedom's Frontier and its partner historic sites and museums, while continuing to invest in the preservation of our material cultural and interpretation of the shared stories of Freedom's Frontier. 

National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are affiliated with the National Park Service. They are designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape. Through their resources, NHAs tell nationally important stories that celebrate our nation's diverse heritage. NHAs are lived-in landscapes. Consequently, NHA entities collaborate with communities to determine how to make heritage relevant to local interests and needs.

NHAs are a grassroots, community-driven approach to heritage conservation and economic development. Through public-private partnerships, NHA entities support historic preservation, natural resource conservation, recreation, heritage tourism, and educational projects. Leveraging funds and long-term support for projects, NHA partnerships foster pride of place and an enduring stewardship ethic.

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area was established in 2006. Museums, historic site and other partners in the 41-county region (29 in eastern Kansas; 12 in western Missouri), collaborate to share with residents and visitors their interconnected, nationally significant stories of: the shaping of the frontier, the Missouri-Kansas Border War, and the enduring struggle for freedom.

More information about The Crosby and the Westport Historical Society can be found at www.westporthistorical.com. More information about Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area is available at www.freedomsfrontier.org.

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Heritage Area Fast Facts

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

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