5/26/2016

Freedom's Frontier Board of Trustees meet in June at Flint Hills Discovery Center

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area News Release


Contact: Sonia Smith, (785) 856-5300 (or other staff members as indicated on the Contact page)

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area
PO Box 526
Lawrence, KS 66044



Freedom's Frontier Board of Trustees to meet at Flint Hills Discovery Center

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area's Board of Trustees  will hold its regular meeting at the Flint Hills Discovery Center, 315 S 3rd St, Manhattan, Kansas, on Wednesday, June 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. The business portion of the meeting is followed by a facility tour at the meeting location. For more information about the Board of Trustees, email ssmith@freedomsfrontier.org, or call (785) 856-5304.

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, an affiliate of the National Park Service, will celebrate ten years as a National Heritage Area in October 2016. The Heritage Area covers 41 counties -- 29 in eastern Kansas, and 12 in western Missouri -- and partners with history-related organizations to preserve, conserve and interpret the nationally significant regional sites and stories of the shaping of the frontier, the Missouri-Kansas Border War, and the enduring struggle for freedom. For more information about Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, visit www.freedomsfrontier.org.

Flint Hills Discovery Center, a Freedom's Frontier Partner Site, showcases the tallgrass prairie that drew pro-slavery and free-state settlers. Santa Fe and Smoky Hill trails run through the ecoregion and were used by settlers to travel to Kansas and other western states. The attraction educates and entertains visitors of every age, with our multi-media, interactive exhibits, outdoor terrace, Gift Store and traveling exhibits that change throughout the year. The Discovery Center seeks to educate everyone about the unique ecosystem of the tallgrass prairie, inspire visitors to become actively engaged in exploring firsthand the Flint Hills region and all it has to offer and ultimately, to become better stewards of this important ecosystem.

Flint Hills Discovery Center offers a variety of children's programs, adult workshops, lectures open to the public, special events and much more.  The Flint Hills Discovery Center page on the Freedom's Frontier webpage provides information and a link to the Discovery Center's webpage.


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Heritage Area Fast Facts

Location: 41 counties in Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri, USA

Area: 31,021 square miles, approximately the size of South Carolina

Population:
2,811,295 (2007 estimate)

Established:
October 12, 2006

Counties involved:
Kansas – 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 – Barton, Bates, Buchanan, Cass, Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte, Ray, St. Clair, Vernon.
 

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