Shared Stories of the Civil War  

 A collection of primary source based theater scripts produced by Kansas Humanities Council in cooperation with Freedom's Frontier. Shared Stories of the Civil War project features stories created from historical letters, diaries, newspaper articles, and other materials. These voices from history provide insight into how 19th century Americans living in Kansas and Missouri struggled to define the meaning of freedom during the Bleeding Kansas and Civil War years. The stories are written as reader's theater scripts intended for use by libraries, museums, art centers, senior centers, and middle/high school or college classrooms. Historians have reviewed all scripts. 

Shared Stories in Our Classroom Contest
Educators are encouraged to use these readers’ theater scripts creatively in their middle school or high school History, English, or Theater classrooms. We invite educators to submit to Freedom’s Frontier any lesson plans or activities they create using the Shared Stories scripts for a chance to receive $1,500 for classroom resources! We will collect and post all submissions on our website to inspire other educators while creating an online repository of lesson plans that engage students in working with primary source material to think critically about how we define freedom in the 1850s, 1860s, and today.


Bus on Us! 
Our Bus on Us program opens August 1st, 2015 for the 2015-2016 school year! The Freedom’s Frontier National  Heritage Area (FFNHA) “Bus on Us” grant program is designed to assist educators and schools with the cost of transportation to field trips within the heritage area that also align with the themes of Freedom’s Frontier (Missouri Kansas Border War, Shaping the Frontier, and Struggles for Freedom).

Tacha Freedom Award
 Deanell Reece Tacha, Retired Judge with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, served as the founding Chair of the Board of Trustees of Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) from 2004-2010. To honor her work, the FFNHA board has established an award that will engage students in grades 9-11. The Award is intended to be a way to help students learn about the issues, ideas, people and events that contribute to the themes of FFNHA. The Award is to be a cash prize given to high school student(s) in grades 9-11 residing in or attending school in Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area based upon a winning scholarly/creative work that relates to the history  of  the area and the themes of FFNHA.

Upcoming Events for Educators at Heritage Area Partner Sites

Freedom, Equality, and Democracy: Unsung Heroes from the Civil War to Civil Rights
On September 19, 2015, the National Park Service and the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes will host an educators' workshop/symposium based on the theme of Civil War to Civil Rights. It will focus on unsung heroes both locally and nationally who played a role in or benefited from the Thirteenth,Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments which were passed 150 years ago.(Thirteenth Amendment ratified in 1865). The workshop will also discuss the story of the struggle for equal rights through 1965, when the Voting Rights act was passed in Congress fifty years ago. Topics of discussion will include African American education, enterprise and land ownership in Fort Scott and the surrounding area along with the quest for freedom, equality and democracy over that 100 year period. Participation is limited to 20 teachers. Teacher stipend and college credit is available. For more information visit here. Call the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes (620-223-9991) to register.

"Field Trip Boot Camp": Teacher Appreciation Night at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
What educational field trips are available in the region? How can field trips complement your teaching? Are scholarships and transportation grants available for field trips? How can museums and educational sites help you sell field trips to your administration and foundations?

Join Truman Library and Truman Library Institute, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and education sites around the region for Field Trip Boot Camp, an exclusive evening celebrating educators and providing them with the information to help them take their troops (students) into the field for some of the most engaging and memorable educational experiences around.Enjoy appetizers and beverages; learn about educational programs at museums and historic sites around the region; get information about available scholarships and transportation grants; and celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII with a private viewing of a special document on short-term loan from the National Archives -- Emperor Hirohito's Rescript ordering the Japanese to surrender to the allies.Teachers will enjoy viewing more than 40 original pieces of World War II poster art, Norman Rockwell's painting "Election Day," and Thomas Hart Benton's mural "Independence and the Opening of the West."

Thursday, September 10th 4:30pm-7:30pm
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum Independence, MO
For more information or to register click here.

Curriculum Standards

One of the guiding principles of Freedom’s Frontier is to “consider future generations in everything we do.” The stories of Freedom’s Frontier can spark children’s imaginations and inspire in them respect for multiple perspectives. Additionally, local history education helps students to understand and care for the place where they live.

The stories of Freedom’s Frontier help teachers in both Missouri and Kansas to meet state curriculum standards. Teachers from outside the area can use these stories to meet National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies.

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