Quindaro Symposium Receives Kansas Humanities Council Grant

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area News Release

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Quindaro Symposium Receives Kansas Humanities Council Grant

TOPEKA – The Kansas Humanities Council (KHC) recently awarded Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage an $8,000.00 grant for the “Strength in Numbers; Continuing the Interpretation of Quindaro” symposium. Julie McPike serves as the project director.

The historical significance of the townsite of Quindaro, Kansas, is an established but growing topic thanks to the diligent work of enthusiasts and the site’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The history of the community is essential to the telling of the larger national story of abolitionist and antislavery politics in the Civil War era, race relations, women’s suffrage, native peoples, the Civil War in the West, and other significant stories of our nation. This symposium will contribute to the process of designating the ruins of Quindaro as a National Historic Landmark that will encourage new research, bring this scholarship to a broader public audience, and facilitate discussions about the future of the Quindaro site.

“KHC Humanities grants support projects that connect people with ideas and engage Kansans with the humanities,” said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council. “The story of Quindaro helps us better understand the early days of our state and the values important to residents, both then and now.”

The Kansas Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization that supports community-based cultural programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information, visit www.kansashumanities.org.

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