Freedom’s Frontier Interpretive Grant Awarded

Wornall/Majors House Museums News Release

Contact: Sarah Bader-King, Director of Public Programs & Events
Wornall/Majors House Museums
(816) 444-1858

Freedom’s Frontier Interpretive Grant Awarded

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and the Wornall/Majors House Museums are pleased to announce that the John Wornall House Museum is the recipient of an Interpretive Grant in the amount of $1,258 for interpretive signage related to Order No. 11 and the Battle of Westport.

This grant funding will allow The Wornall House to fund two interpretive banners that will provide important visual information in the House, helping visitors to understand the crucial role the Missouri-Kansas area played in the Civil War, and how that role played out on a small scale at the Wornall House. The John Wornall House is a critical part of the overall Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area: as one of the few remaining antebellum homes in Kansas City, as the frontier home of a prominent Kansas City and Westport citizen, and for its role as a Confederate and Union field hospital during the Civil War’s Battle of Westport. 

The Freedom’s Frontier Interpretive Grant program was started in 2012. Since then, more than 25 projects have been awarded grant funding. Grant projects have been completed on both sides of the Missouri-Kansas border, in the 41-county region that comprises the heritage area.

Projects awarded grant funding must interpret local history, and connect to one or more of the three major themes of the heritage area: the shaping of the frontier, the Missouri-Kansas Border War, and the enduring struggle for freedom. Grants range in amount from under $1,500 to $5,000. All awards over $1,500 require that the grant recipient show a local match of half the amount of the award. This match can be in the form of cash, or in-kind donations and staff and volunteer time.

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area is one of 49 heritage areas in the U.S. Heritage areas are nonprofit affiliates of the National Park Service (NPS). They act as coordinating entities between the local organizations telling nationally significant stories and the NPS.

Freedom’s Frontier was established as a heritage area on October 12, 2006, when signed into law by President George Bush. The heritage area’s management plan was approved by the Department of the Interior and the NPS in 2010. Freedom’s Frontier is headquartered in the Carnegie Building, 200 W 9th St., in Lawrence, KS.

The Wornall/Majors House Museums manages two of Kansas City’s most significant and dynamic historic structures: the John Wornall House and Alexander Majors House. The two homes merged in 2011 to form one non-profit organization that preserves and protects these antebellum landmarks. The Houses, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places, provide a variety of educational and community opportunities, including public tours, hands-on field trips, summer camp, social events, educational lectures and author events, youth story times, and holiday and seasonal activities. 

“It is an exciting time of change for the John Wornall House,” said Sarah Bader-King, director of public programs and events. “We have just completed a foyer restoration project, and now we will be adding interpretive panels related to the Battle of Westport and Order No. 11. The House serves as an important entry point for Kansas Citians and visitors to Kansas City to learn about local history and this area’s role the enduring struggle for freedom in the United States.”

Grant applications are accepted from organizations within the borders of the heritage area which have signed a partner pledge with Freedom’s Frontier, and meet all other qualifications for grant funding. Applications are reviewed quarterly by a peer group from the partnership. Organizations are asked to complete their grant projects within a year of the grant award. For more information about Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, visit the Web site at www.freedomsfrontier.org.

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