Freedom's Frontier partners with Johnson County Library to celebrate Kansas history

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area News Release

Contact: Sonia J. Smith, Communications Manager
(785) 856-5304, ssmith@freedomsfrontier.org


Julie McPike, Managing Director
(785) 856-5283, jmcpike@freedomsfrontier.org

Jim Ogle, Executive Director
(785) 409-9943 (cell), jogle@freedomsfrontier.org

Freedom's Frontier partners with Johnson County Library to celebrate Kansas history

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area will celebrate its tenth year as a heritage area and affiliate of the National Park Service with a series of special events in 2016.

The celebration begins on Saturday, January 9, 2016, with Love From Kansas, a cosponsored program at Johnson County Library's Antioch Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam. Johnson County Library regularly offers programs like Love From Kansas through Second Saturdays, an ongoing collection of "edutainment" events for all ages.

Freedom's Frontier works with history-minded organizations and sites in 41 counties (29 in eastern Kansas; 12 in western Missouri) to conserve, preserve and interpret shared stories of the shaping of the frontier, the Missouri-Kansas Border War and the enduring struggle for freedom.

The library and the heritage area will combine resources to host a celebration of Kansas. Festivities include Native American storytelling, performances by the Lecompton Reenactors and musician Martha Haehl, a history fair, hands-on activities and a birthday cake for Kansas, which celebrates its 155th anniversary of statehood on January 29, 2016. For more information about the library's programming, call Johnson County Library at (913) 826-4600.

Freedom's Frontier will participate in special events with its partnering organizations throughout 2016 to celebrate ten years. The heritage area's online calendar will list the special events, as well as events at partner sites throughout the 41 counties. A web page will be updated as more information is available about the 10-year celebration events: http://freedomsfrontier.org/pages/10th_anniversary_celebration_programming_news.

Freedom's Frontier will also promote the celebration events on its Facebook page and Twitter.

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Freedom's Frontier 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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