Historic Independence Courthouse is site of next Partnership meeting

Freedom's Frontier News Release

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

Julie McPike, Managing Director
(785) 856-5283

Jim Ogle, Executive Director
(785) 856-3635

Freedom's Frontier Partners to Meet at Historic Truman Courthouse in Independence, MO

The Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area's next regular partnership meeting will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday, March 9, at the Historic Truman Courthouse, 112 W Lexington Ave., Independence, MO.

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area partners meet on the second Thursday of odd-numbered months. Meetings are held in various locations throughout the 41-county heritage area, alternating between sites in Missouri and Kansas. Meetings are often hosted by a local museum, historic site, historical society, or tourism organization. Each meeting includes networking and updates on projects that Freedom's Frontier staff is working on, updates from partners on news and events at their sites, guest speakers and more.

Partners represent historic sites and museums, historical societies, libraries and archives, historic forts and trails, parks and nature centers, tourism industry organizations, education organizations, charitable foundations, businesses and others interested in preserving the history of the shaping of the frontier along the Missouri-Kansas state line, the Missouri-Kansas Border War, and the enduring struggle for freedom.

On the agenda for the March meeting:

Kelly Peak, Director of Development, Greenbush Southeast Kansas Education Service Center, in Girard, Kansas, will talk about distance learning opportunities. Peak will discuss ways that Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area's partners can create educational programming, based on their historical sites and museums, that could be broadcast via the internet to schools.

Jackson County Historical Society Operations Manager Caitlin Eckard will speak about how she used a Freedom's Frontier Professional Development Scholarship to travel to Washington, D.C., this past May to attend the conference of the American Alliance of Museums. She will tell us about what she learned in collections management and how she has made use of it at her site in her position with the historical society. Heritage area partners who are awarded scholarships are asked to share the knowledge they gain by making a presentation, or guest writing a column in the Freedom's Frontier newsletter.

Freedom's Frontier has an annual three-part programming series for the winter and spring meetings. This year's winter seminar series topic is Emergency Preparedness. The series began in January, and will wrap up with the May 11 meeting hosted by the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society.

In this second installment of the series, Marsha Bennett, retired Community Relations Manager and Public Information Officer for the Johnson County Library will walk us through the process of creating a system to respond to media, government, board of directors, staff and volunteers in the event an emergency situation arises. As she discusses media relations and emergency communications, she will cover what to do, who to contact, who is in charge, and what qualifies as an emergency.

Sarah Bader-King, Director of Public Programming and Events for the Wornall-Majors House Museums, will share another aspect of emergency preparedness: quick sheets for staff in the event of an emergency. She will discuss how to build
quick reference guides for staff, docents, and volunteers.

After the meeting, there will be a site tour. The staff of the 1859 Jail, Marshal's Home, and Museum will lead Freedom's Frontier partners on a tour of the Historic Truman Courthouse and the 1859 Jail. 

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area meetings are open to partners, prospective partners, and others interested in heritage area history, or program topics. Lunch is available for purchase, with advance registration, for $11. The March meeting lunch will be a catered box lunch. Reservations can be made online at https://freedomsfrontier.givezooks.com/events/march-2017-partnership-meeting. Though a lunch reservation is not required, Freedom's Frontier requests all attendees register because seated may be limited by the size of the meeting location.

Portions of partner meetings may be livestreamed on the heritage area's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FreedomsFrontier/.

For information about becoming a partner in Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, contact Partnership Coordinator Adam Newhard, at (785) 856-3634, or anewhard@freedomsfrontier.org. For more information about Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, 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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