Desoto Historical Society receives Freedom's Frontier Interpretive Grant

De Soto Historical Society News Release

Contact: Kathy Ross (913) 583-3178
Mary Guntert (913) 585-1437

De Soto Historical Society
33055 W. 83rd St., P.O. Box 86
De Soto, KS 66018

Freedom’s Frontier Interpretive Grant awarded

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and De Soto Historical Society, De Soto, KS are pleased to announce that the De Soto Historical Society is the recipient of an Interpretive Grant in the amount of $4,433.00 for the project, “Preserving the Diverse Stories of De Soto, Kansas’ History”.

This grant funding will allow De Soto Historical Society to preserve our newspapers on microfilm which provide an in-depth chronical of our town’s history, stories and families.

The Freedom’s Frontier Interpretive Grant program was started in 2012. Since then, more than 108 projects have been awarded grant funding. Grant projects have been completed on both sides of the Missouri-Kansas border, in the 41-county region that comprises the 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. Grants range in amount from under $1,500 to $5,000. All awards over $1,500 require that the grant recipient show a local match of half the amount of the award. This match can be in the form of cash, or in-kind donations and staff and volunteer time.

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area is one of 49 heritage areas in the U.S. 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 signed into law by President George Bush. The heritage area’s management plan was approved by the Department of the Interior and the NPS in 2010. Freedom’s Frontier is headquartered in the Carnegie Building, 200 W 9th St., in Lawrence, KS.

The De Soto Historical Society was founded in April 2016. Founding members felt there was a need to preserve the stories, photos and genealogy of our area. They also saw a need to inform and educate new residents about the history of our area.
Grant applications are accepted from organizations within the borders of the heritage area which have signed a partner pledge with Freedom’s Frontier, and meet all other qualifications for grant funding. Applications are reviewed quarterly by a peer group from the partnership. Organizations are asked to complete their grant projects within a year of the grant award. For more information about Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, visit the Web site at www.freedomsfrontier.org.

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