Freedom's Frontier Partners to meet in Humboldt, KS

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area News Release

Contact: Sonia J. Smith, Marketing Manager (785) 856-5304

Julie McPike, Managing Director (785) 856-5283

Jim Ogle, Executive Director (785) 856-3635

Freedom's Frontier Partners to meet in Humboldt, Kansas, for July meeting

The July 14, 2016, Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area Partnership meeting will be held at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 118 N 7th St., Humboldt, Kansas, and is being hosted by the Humboldt Historic Preservation Alliance. 

Six partnership meetings a year are hosted by various partners throughout the bi-state, 41-county heritage area. Meetings usually have a program, speaker or workshop, an opportunity for partners to hear updates from Freedom's Frontier staff, and to share information with peers and colleagues. Meetings begin at 10 a.m.., end at 2 p.m., and are often followed by a brief tour of a local museum or historic site. 

Partners in Freedom's Frontier are mostly other organizations involved in history, education, or tourism. Historical societies, museums, battlefields and other historic sites; libraries and archives; parks and trails associations; tourism and visitor information centers; and businesses in 29 eastern Kansas and 12 western Missouri counties with an interest in preserving local history send staff and volunteers to these meetings. Partners collaborate on best practices for telling the stories of the shaping of the frontier, the Missouri-Kansas Border War, and the enduring struggle for freedom -- the major themes of the heritage area.

Among the programs in which Freedom's Frontier partners can participate are:

  • interpretive grants for projects to enhance exhibits and displays.
  • lesson plans and programs that assist with getting school-age children to field trips at partner sites.
  • a signage project to place directional signage in communities and on roadways.
  • professional development opportunities for getting site staff to conferences and educational workshops.
  • technical assistance and strategic planning.
  • networking and sharing opportunities.

On the agenda for the Humboldt meeting:

  • Guest Curt Mueller will tell the story of the Gerken Family Incident in the late 1800s that occurred east of Humboldt involving the Gerken family, two Native Americans, and an African American neighbor, Rufus Anderson. While here in Humboldt, make sure to visit the FFNHA grant funded mural depicting the incident right across the street.
  • Discussion of the FFNHA 2017 Workplan that will be shared with the National Park Service (NPS), as National Heritage Areas are NPS affiliates. 
  • What to do with the Walter Johnson Athletic Field? Named in honor of Humboldt native Walter Johnson, the historic WPA-constructed athletic field is no longer in use. Learn how Humboldt residents, led by Gary Larson, mounted an effort to save the field and their process for creating a bright future for the historic structure.

Organizations do not pay any membership dues; the partnership pledge shows a willingness to work together on projects that benefit the heritage area and partners.

For more information about current partners, becoming a partnering organization, or information about events happening at partner location visit 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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