St. Joseph Museums exhibits photos of African Americans from the Everhard Collection in Leavenworth

St. Joseph Museums News Release

Contact: Kathy Reno , (816) 232-8471
St. Joseph Museums
Black Archives Museum
3406 Frederick Avenue
St. Joseph, MO

St. Joseph Museums opens the Mary Everhard Photographic Collection
Freedom's Frontier Interpretive Grant provides funds for this temporary exhibit 

May 31, 2016 - The installation of the Images from the Mary Everhard Photographic Collection exhibit is underway and this temporary exhibit will open at the Black Archives Museum of the St. Joseph Museums on Wednesday, June 29. Everhard ran a photography studio in Leavenworth, Kansas, from 1922 to 1968. She was a gifted studio photographer and a photography archivist. As she pursued her craft, she also made it her goal to acquire and preserve thousands of images taken by four professional photographers who recorded images of Leavenworth County people and places. For this exhibit, the Black Archives Museum will showcase selected images of African Americans from her amazing collection.

The Black Archives Museum was able to obtain the images of African Americans from the Mary Everhard photograph collection and prepare them for exhibition though a grant from the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. Projects awarded grant funding must interpret local history, and connect to one or more of the three major themes of the heritage area: the Shaping of the Frontier, the Missouri-Kansas Border War, and the Enduring Struggle for Freedom. Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area is one of 49 heritage areas in the United States. Heritage areas are nonprofit affiliates of the National Park Service (NPS). They act as coordinating entities between the local organizations telling nationally significant stories and the NPS. Freedom’s Frontier was established as a heritage area on October 12, 2006, when it was signed into law by President George Bush.

The Images from the Mary Everhard Photographic Collection exhibit will open on June 29, 2016, at the Black Archives Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri. The Black Archives Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for students, and free to children 6 & under and Museum Members. Admission also includes the Doll Museum, the Glore Psychiatric Museum, and the St. Joseph Museum. For more information on St. Joseph Museums, Inc., exhibits, programs, and events, please call (816) 232-8471 or visit www.stjosephmuseum.org/events.

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