We welcome your questions and input! Please feel free to contact us.

General Information/Visitor Information Requests
(785) 856-5300

Jim Ogle 
Executive Director  
(785) 856-3635
(785) 409-9943 (mobile)

Executive Director Jim Ogle speaks on behalf of Freedom’s Frontier and coordinates its overall efforts. His goals this year are to confirm the sustainability of the heritage area, raise its visibility to heritage travelers and the general public and to expand the number and diversity of groups who partner with Freedom’s Frontier.

Grant Matthews
Operations Manager
(785) 856-2333
(573) 620-2981 (mobile)

Grant Matthews recently came on board as Operations Manager. His job is to manage the daily operations of the organization, increase awareness and exposure of our partner sites, and provide oversight into communications and data management. His goals for the year are to visit and foster relations with all of our partner sites, and to develop a deeper understanding of the people and history of the 41 counties that make up Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area.

Sonia Smith                                          
Communications and Marketing Manager        
(785) 856-5304                                      
(785) 840-5499 (mobile)

Communications and Marketing Manager Sonia Smith promotes awareness of the heritage area and its partners and programs. She is responsible for providing information for the media, our partners and the public about the heritage area through newsletters, social media, our website, and with informational kiosks and displays. Her goals for the year include setting up information kiosks at six sites so that visitors to those sites will find more information about what there is to see and do in our heritage area that includes lots of museums and historic sites.

Johnny Szlauderbach
Creative Technology Manager
(785) 414-9029
(785) 424-4411 (mobile)

Innovation Coordinator Johnny Szlauderbach develops new and creative grant and program opportunities for Freedom’s Frontier and its partners. He is developing the Freedom's Frontier travel app, which includes a variety of trip itineraries that will bring history alive as travelers learn about the historic sites and museums, archives and libraries, byways and trails, park and nature centers, and historical and genealogical societies we call our partners. Search for Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area to download the app from the Apple or Google Play stores.

Mail: P.O. Box 526, Lawrence KS 66044

Offices: 200 W 9th St, Lawrence KS 66044
Phone: (785) 856-5300
Fax: (785) 856-5303

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