Event Cancelled: Congressman Kevin Yoder to visit Freedom's Frontier

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Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area News Release

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Jim Ogle, Executive Director
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Julie McPike, Managing Director
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Sonia Smith, Communications and Marketing Manager
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Congressman Kevin Yoder to visit Freedom's Frontier 

Kevin Yoder, U.S. Representative for Kansas's 3nd Congressional District, will visit the Quindaro Community Center, 2726 Brown Ave, Kansas City, Kansas, on Thursday, May 11, at about 3:30 p.m.

In February, Freedom's Frontier Executive Director Jim Ogle, and Managing Director Julie McPike visited Congressman Yoder's office in Washington, D.C, while in the Capitol as part of the annual meeting of the Alliance of National Heritage Areas.

The Freedom's Frontier staff visit to Congressman Yoder's office included information about H.R.1002, the National Heritage Area Act of 2017. This bill would bring all 49 national heritage areas under the same legislation, provide unified national standards, national oversight, analysis, coordination, technical and financial assistance, and support to ensure consistency and accountability of the National Heritage Area System. 

When Yoder visits on Thursday, he will have the opportunity to talk to several Freedom's Frontier partners who are working with the heritage area on a project that would elevate the historic Quindaro Townsite to National Historic Landmark status. He will also be able to view some exhibits, and learn about educational programs and materials created through the Freedom's Frontier Interpretive Grant Program.

Yoder wrote a letter of support for the application for a Historic Preservation Fund Grant to hire a consultant to assist in the project, Elevating Quindaro. He is now visiting Quindaro to find out more about the heritage area, and its work with more than 200 partnering organizations to tell the region's nationally significant stories of the shaping of the frontier, the Missouri-Kansas Border War, and the enduring struggle for freedom. 

In 2016, the Interpretive Grant Program awarded $137,745 in 32 grants to partnering organizations for a variety of projects, that supported 190 jobs in the 41 Kansas and Missouri counties of Freedom's Frontier. All grants over $1,500 require the grantee to match at least half of the requested amount. Our partners surpassed that, by leveraging $1,649,978 in cash match, staff and volunteer time at historic sites, and in-kind donations of goods and services that has also gone into those Interpretive Grant projects.

Congressman Yoder is scheduled to visit the Quindaro Community Center between 3:30 and 4:15 p.m. Members of the Freedom's Frontier Board of Trustees, staff, heritage area partners, friends and donors will be present.

Projects that will be on exhibit include: 

  • Sunflower Republic, LLC, will display interpretive panels for A Hike Through History on Indian Creek Trail in Johnson County, Kansas. The A Hike Through History program began as a library exhibit, but has evolved into a permanent installations along recreational trails. A Hike Through History panel topics include Quantrill's Raid, the Oregon-California Trial, and Kansas railroad history.
  • Anne Lacey, Kansas Collection Librarian at Kansas City, Kansas Public Library, will have information about the Quindaro Oral History Project. This project has had one session, and will hold a second session on May 20, to collect memories of Quindaro Townsite.
  • Johnson County Library has worked with two Kansas City metro high schools to create the Race Project KC. Freedom's Frontier Interpretive Grant funding is assisting with guide books, and other aspects of bus tours that take students to Kansas City neighborhoods and allow them to begin a dialog about racial issues in their community. The program involves students reading the Tanner Colby book, Some of My Best Friends are Black, and meeting the author to continue their discussions. Angel Tucker, Johnson County Library Youth Services Manager, will talk about Race Project KC, and will have teachers and students from Shawnee Mission East and Wyandotte high schools with her to talk about the impact this program has had on them.
  • Alexis Woodall, Freedom's Frontier Board of Trustees member, and Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site Events Coordinator, will share a table with Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area Signage Coordinator Doug Pickert. They will discuss the heritage area's ongoing signage project. Olathe in Johnson County, Kansas, and Butler in Bates County, Missouri are the two pilot sites for directional signage to help drive traffic to Freedom's Frontier partner sites in those communities. 
  • Representatives from the Quindaro Underground Railroad Museum, the Old Quindaro Museum, the Wyandot Nation of Kansas, Allen Chapel of the AME Church, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, and others interested in preserving Quindaro Townsite will attend this program to provide information about the area. 
  • Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area staff will provide information about the heritage area's successful history daycamp, a partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs in eight communities; Interpretive Grants for partnering organizations that result in many grant projects in communities throughout the 41-county, bi-state heritage area; and other heritage area programs. 

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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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