Freedom’s Frontier Interpretive Grant Awarded

Knowledge is Power Books News Release
Contact: Sonia Smith,
Marketing and Community Development Manager
Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area
(785) 856-5304 office

(785) 840-5499 cell

Liz Hobson, Education and Interpretation Manager
Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area
(785) 856-2333 office
(785) 424-5086 cell

Gwendolyn Thomas, Author and grant recipient
(913) 788-7712

Freedom’s Frontier Interpretive Grant Awarded

Kansas City, Kansas, March 27, 2017 - Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and Knowledge is Power Books are pleased to announce that Ms. Gwendolyn S. Thomas is the recipient of an Interpretive Grant in the amount of $5,000 for the project of a historic children’s book titled Polly’s Amazing Journey: The History of the Quindaro Settlement.

Thomas expresses that, “Polly’s Amazing Journey is a historic children’s book about the historic township of Quindaro. Polly’s journey starts in the 1800’s when Quindaro was a port for slaves seeking freedom. There are moments in our history that divide us, it is those same moment that define, free and bind us.”
The Freedom’s Frontier Interpretive Grant program was started in 2012. Since then, more than 80 projects have been awarded grant funding. Grant projects have been completed on both sides of the Missouri-Kansas border, in the 41 county regions 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, Kansas.

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 project within a year of the grant award. For more information about Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, visit the website at www.freedomsfrontier.org.

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