Freedom's Frontier Partners to meet at University of Central Missouri in September

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area News Release

Contact: Jim Ogle, Executive Director (785) 856-3635

Julie McPike, Managing Director (785) 856-5283

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

Freedom's Frontier Partners to meet at University of Central Missouri in September

The September 13, 2018, Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area Partnership meeting will be held on the campus of the University of Central Missouri, in Warrensburg, Missouri.

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 Warrensburg meeting:
  • Staff and partners will discuss how video can be used to showcase historic sites and their stories.
  • Updates on projects in progress, including the traveling exhibit program, podcasts, signage, and more.

Organizations do not pay any membership dues; the partnership pledge that they complete shows a willingness to work together on projects that benefit heritage area partner sites, the communities where partner sites are located, travelers and tourists.

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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