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1st Quarter - February 2012

Eudora Area Historical Society/Eudora Community Museum
The Way We Worked
The Eudora Area Historical Society will create a supplement to the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibit The Way We Worked. This exhibit will explore Eudora’s African American community from the late 19th Century to the present, focusing on the kinds of jobs these recently freed slaves had and how the jobs of Eudora’s black population changed and/or improved over time. The exhibit will also consider the discrimination the black population likely faced and other struggles they would have encountered in the often turbulent Kansas of the late 19th Century. The exhibit will focus on one of the most overlooked components of Eudora’s history: the significant black population that lived in Eudora following the Civil War. Most of Eudora’s black residents were freed slaves from the neighboring slave state of Missouri. In 1875, 250 black residents lived in Eudora Township, which was well over 25% of the Township’s total population. By the turn of the 20th Century, most of the black population had left Eudora. The core of the exhibit will be three professionally printed, large panels on which to display the pictures and content of the exhibit. These panels or signs will be visually appealing and easy to read for visitors. The panels will be arranged chronologically and thematically, and will be moveable and displayed on stands.
Amount of Grant Request: $1,250.00

Franklin County Historical Society

Native Neighbors from Franklin County's Past
The project will reach out to the Native Americans who once lived in Franklin County as natives or emigrants before white settlement. These groups will be invited to share their cultural and artistic heritage as well as their modern lives with Franklin County and area citizens. The area now called Franklin County, Kansas was once part of the Permanent Indian Frontier, an area designated as the new home of Indians to be removal from the East Coast, South and Great Lakes states. By chance, Kansas’ largest variety of removed Indian groups were settled in the area that would become Franklin County—native Osages and Kanzas, Sac and Fox of the Mississippi, Munsee or Christian Indians, Swan Creek and Black River Chippewas, three bands of Ottawas—Roches de Boeuf, Blanchard’s Fork and Oquawanoxy’s Village--the Mission band of Pottawatomies, and the Illinois tribes—Peoria, Wea, Kaskaskia and Piankeshaw. The Shawnee reserve and hunting areas also dipped into Franklin County. During the Civil War, thousands of other Union-supporting Indians from Indian Territory were also temporarily relocated to Franklin County for their protection—Quapaws, Seneca-Shawnees, Cherokees, Euchees, and Creeks. Rather than being a pow-wow with competitive dances, it is an opportunity for others to learn about the group through its dancing, singing, crafts, and tribal organization today.
Amount of Grant Request: $5,000.00


2nd Quarter - May 2012

Douglas County Historical Society/ Watkins Community Museum of History
Pilot Educational Program for 3rd Graders and Family Groups Exploring the Development of Lawrence as a Frontier Community
The Watkins Museum staff will create and test a pilot educational program for 3rd grade classes and family groups exploring the development of Lawrence as a frontier community. Participants will use the primary source documents and reproduction artifacts to make connections about how Lawrence in the 1860-70s was alike and/or different from the city as it is today. The grant will allow for development and testing of the pilot program. Program activities will build awareness of Lawrence’s founding story and the experiences of people who settled the frontier. The program will support Kansas education standards for 3rd grade.
Amount of Grant Request: $1,475.00

The George Historic Cemetery Association, Inc.
The George Historic Cemetery Heritage Park
The Heritage Park, on unused ground in the cemetery, will commemorate the bravery of hundreds of Missouri families who suffered during the Civil War. The park area has been planted with wild flowers. Along a Heritage Trail, to be cut through the field of flowers, will be signs that tell of the “Strife in Civil War Missouri,” a little-known story. In the burial grounds, small markers will be placed to show cell phone tour sites. Recordings for the cell phone tours will be taped. Along the Heritage Trail, a series of ten signs, 2’X3’, will describe the major happenings during Civil War days in Western Missouri. Monies from the FFNHA will pay for graphic design and art on the signs along the Heritage Trail; and pay for a year of the cell phone provider’s annual fee plus cost of necessary signage for the cell phone “stops” along the trail.
Amount of Grant Request: $5,000.00

Mount Mora Cemetery Preservation & Restoration Association

Mount Mora Cemetery Video
Mount Mora Cemetery, established in 1851, is one of the oldest operating cemeteries in Saint Joseph, MO. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The cemetery is the final resting place for many local, state, and national people with historic ties to the Great Westward Movement and the Border and Civil Wars. The 15-minute video created for Mount Mora Cemetery will not only introduce visitors to the cemetery and its importance as a historical site, but will also provide brief biographies on several people buried there; people who made an impact on Saint Joseph, Northwest Missouri, and FFNHA, with a heavy emphasis on the FFNHA theme of Shaping the Frontier, from the 1840s to 1900. This period also includes the Missouri-Kansas Border War, another FFNHA theme.
Amount of Grant Request: $5,000.00

Royal Valley Middle School
1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Mural
In 2002 the Kansas Legislature passed House Bill 2614, which calls for the placing of a mural, in honor of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry, the Kansas State House. The students of Royal Valley Middle School, as part of their continuing effort to preserve local and state history, have taken on the task of research and concept development of this mural, following the guidelines set out by the Kansas Capitol Preservation Committee. Royal Valley Middle School is endeavoring to develop the finals plans and schedule for this mural. The project entails completion of four concept panels ready for presentation and promotion of the mural for the benefit Capitol Preservation Committee’s scrutiny. With discussion and editing of final concept complete the project would then move into the final phase, painting of the mural in the Kansas State Capitol Visitor Center. This, 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry, Mural encapsulates the struggles and victories that led to the creation of Kansas as a free state. These men not only fought for the United States, they fought for the liberty of an entire race of people.
Amount of Grant Request: $1,489.11

Vernon County Historical Society
New Exhibits
In honor of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Vernon County Historical Society will renovate its current exhibits regarding the Missouri/Kansas Border War and Civil War Periods. The rejuvenated exhibits will incorporate text, artifacts, images, and technology to create a multi-faceted and dynamic experience for a diverse audience. This project will be accomplished by creating modern interpretive panels to replace older exhibits and will include modern technology. While creating the new interpretive displays, project staff will keep in mind suggestions outlined in the 2010 Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area Peer Location Review Report. The new exhibits will engage the public by asking and answering common questions about the Border War.
Amount of Grant Request: $4,482.50

Westport Historical Society
Interpretive restoration of the second floor of the 1870 addition to the 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum
Renovations to the house will include two exhibit rooms: a small exhibit gallery and a large exhibit gallery. Both rooms will display national and local exhibits as well as traveling exhibits from Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area partners and other groups which have stories that are related to the struggles for freedom in 19th century Missouri and the United States. Also, a third room, the bedroom of Hattie Dresdon Kearney, will be restored and her story of slave to freed slave to family member will be told. With the restoration of these rooms, the 1855 Harris-Kearney House can host many, varied exhibits and will be the only museum in the area to interpret the issues of slavery, before, during and after the American Civil War. Funds from the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area Interpretive Grant will cover the reinterpretation of these rooms, which includes the demolition of two bathrooms, demolition of interior walls, refurbishing wood floors and brick walls, painting each room, replace molding around doors and windows, purchasing and installing exhibit lighting and display cases, purchasing and installing audio-visual equipment, purchasing period correct bedroom furniture and accessories for Hattie’s room.
Amount of Grant Request: $5,000.00


3rd Quarter - August 2012

Historical Preservation Partnership of Lyndon, Inc. (HPPL)
Wells P. Bailey House
The Wells P. Bailey log house dates to at least 1870, and is located in the Lyndon City Park. In the mid-1800s, a Sac & Fox Indian reservation covered most of Osage County, and the house originally set at the site of a Fox village. Once thought to have been built by the U.S. Government for the Indians, recent architectural studies and restoration efforts suggest that the house was built by Bailey, a white settler, using logs obtained from the deserted Indian houses. HPPL hopes to tell the story of the Bailey House by developing a website and interpretive video. The first phase of restoration for the Bailey House will be complete in the fall of 2012, and includes the overall stabilization of the structure. But, while the grounds are always open to the public, personnel is frequently not available to open the house to visitors, except by appointment. However, we are aware that a number of people do stop and visit the house each month. In order to provide information and interpret the Bailey House, HPPL would like to develop a website and a short video which can be viewed on the website or downloaded remotely by way of a QR Code. A web presence is not only the norm these days, but a necessity. The video will also assist visitors to learn about the history of the house while onsite. An audio version will be produced, as well. Presently, a small sign by the house gives only basic historical information.
Amount of Grant Request: $4,949.80


Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site
Changes for the Mahaffies
This grant will fund research, design, fabrication and installation of a five-panel exhibit within the foyer of the original farmhouse, built by the Mahaffie family of Olathe in 1865. The five panels will explore a central theme of Changes; changes within the Mahaffie family, changes structurally to the farmhouse, and changes in the farm (Freedom’s Frontier theme: Shaping the Frontier) as well as changes within the community (Freedom’s Frontier theme: Missouri/Kansas Border Wars). Unlike the general orientation exhibit in the Mahaffie Heritage Center (Visitor Center) this exhibit will specifically present the changes the Mahaffie family endured while they lived in Olathe.
Amount of Grant Request: $4,963.00

Monticello Community Historical Society
Driving/Cycling Tour Map and Brochure of Historic Site in Monticello Township, Kansas
The Monticello Community Historical Society (hereafter referred to as MCHS) located in the Monticello Historical Station at Floyd Cline Hall is requesting funding for development and printing of Driving/Cycling Tour Map and Brochure of Historic Sites in Monticello Township, Kansas. Within the town-site of Monticello, Kansas, and the area of the former Monticello Township are many historic sites that work together to form a tapestry of stories, events, and interactions. This tapestry is significant to the local history, certainly, but also the development of the western frontier and the state of Kansas. Moreover, such national themes as “The Enduring Struggle for Freedom” find its expression in the sites here and the stories told. For area residents, new and old alike, this tour will give them a greater sense of place. For all who will do the tour there will be a greater appreciation for history and of those who made sacrifices for the way of life we enjoy today.
Amount of Grant Request: $3,225.00


4th Quarter - December 2012

Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum
The Battle and Massacre of Baxter Springs Video Project
The Battle and Massacre of Baxter Springs video project is sponsored by the Baxter Springs, Kansas, Historical Society and the Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum. The goal of this project is to enhance the public awareness of this event which occurred October 6, 1863. The severity and heinous nature of Quantrill’s attack on Ft. Blair, which was defended by the 2nd Kansas Colored Infantry, and the ensuing massacre of General Blunt’s command make this a worthy subject of a documentary. Combined, these two events of that day create a story that would significantly add to the mission of the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. The project will be a 15-minute video for the Baxter Springs Historical Society that will introduce the viewer to the story of the Battle and Massacre of Baxter Springs, Kansas. It will create an awareness of the Civil War events that occurred on the Western Front. Only three Civil War battle sites are recognized in Kansas. One of those sites is Baxter Springs. Significantly, Wm. Quantrill was the leader in two of the events, the sacking of Lawrence in August, 1863, and the attack on Baxter Springs in October of the same year. The video will be available for viewing on the new interactive kiosk devices at the Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum. It will be timely in that the video will be released in advance of the sesquicentennial of the Battle and Massacre of Baxter Springs to be commemorated October 5-6, 2013. The encampment will consist of Union and Southern units presenting living history interpretations of the Civil War. Scout Productions will release the video to be viewed on YouTube as well as their corporate website.
Amount of Grant Request: $5,000.00

Black Jack Battlefield & Nature Park
Black Jack Battlefield & Nature Park Self-guided Tour Brochure
This proposal is for the creation of a new full color self-guided tour brochure. The brochure will enable the visitor to become aware of and learn about the struggles for freedom in eastern Kansas. Using the brochure, the visitor will be directed to various stops on the battlefield property. The historical events that took place at each stop will be described in text format inside the brochure. In addition, a QR code will be printed adjacent to the text that describes each stop. Visitors with a smart phone or tablet will be able to scan the code and be taken to a video that corresponds to the tour stop that describes or illustrates what happened there, thereby enhancing the educational experience for the visitor. The same QR code technology will be incorporated into the brochure to provide the ability to donate and to sign a guest book.
Amount of Grant Request: $3,000.00

Cass County Historical Society
The Stern Visitations of War Cass County’s War Years 1854-1865
The content of this project seeks to complement the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area Mission Statement as it details and explores the struggles which the Civil War imposed on all citizens of Cass County: black and white, wealthy and poor, old and young, Union and Confederate. The war in Cass County was intensely personal and due to Order Number 11, particularly devastating to the women and children left to survive on their own. Whenever possible, this exhibit will tell residents’ stories in their own words with an ear to educating local residents and visitors to provide an authentic picture of those caught in the crossfires of war. Multiple perspectives will be honored, and connections to multiple Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area
sites will be included.
Amount of Grant Request: $4,877.00

Friends of the Frontier Army Museum, Inc.
Fort Leavenworth Frontier Army Museum Video Project
The Project goal is to enhance the visitor experience to the Museum with an introductory video highlighting the rich frontier heritage of Fort Leavenworth. The video will cover the time period from 1804 to present, and touch on the themes of Freedom’s Frontier: Shaping the Frontier, the Border War and the Enduring Struggle for Freedom.
This project is a 15 minute video for the Fort Leavenworth Frontier Army Museum that will not only introduce people to the Museum but it will also spotlight the important roles the US Army played in the critical period of our Nations westward expansion, in the Enduring Struggle for Freedom, and in the Kansas/Missouri Border Wars. This video experience will offered to visitors (35,000 annually) as they enter the museum and may be used online, given as a gift to our incoming students at the Command and General Staff College (CGSC), at Fort Leavenworth Newcomers’ Briefings and on Fort Leavenworth’s Command Channel (Channel 2 on Fort Leavenworth).
Amount of Grant Request: $5,000.00

Great Overland Station
A Lesson of the Exodus: African-Americans Seek Freedom in Kansas
The basic goal of this exhibit is to interpret a significant episode in Kansas and African-American history and present a basic outline history of the “Exodusters.” These were African-Americans who fled the South in 1879-1880 and migrated to Kansas in search of political and economic freedom. Their story exemplifies the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area theme: “Enduring Struggles for Freedom.” Other goals and objectives of this exhibit will further the mission of the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area by including multiple perspectives and presenting diverse, interrelated, and nationally significant stories. Since this exhibit primarily is designed for a broad public audience at the Great Overland Station, lasting value will be created by additional public presentations about the subject and sharing the exhibit as a traveling resource with other institutions in the heritage area.
Amount of Grant Request: $3,000.00


Mid-West Educational Center, Inc. DBA Wonder Workshop Children’s Museum
“Take a Stand:” Historic Cell Phone Tour of Manhattan, Kansas
The general public, school districts, universities & colleges will have an opportunity to experience hands-on history by visiting historical sites in Manhattan dating back to the time period between 1855 to 1880. At each site there will be an information panel relating to the history of the site and a telephone number with a code allowing participants to access the history of the site and the diverse people who established each one. The Wonder Workshop will produce a historical map with each site location to be placed on our web page along with a brochure handout. The history of early Manhattan is a great window for showing and sharing the multicultural, multiracial, intergenerational aspects of both men & women working together to bring about the town of Manhattan. Youth, parents and grandparents use cell phones and what better way to share our common history then through the use of modern technology. History is so often taught throughout Kansas schools, in movies, and on TV as exclusively White History. Everyone wants to know and needs to know that their racially diverse ancestors too have contributed to history in a positive light to have a sense of pride and a concept of themselves as being a Kansan and American. The cell phone history tour in Manhattan does just this. All students of all ages can take pride in knowing they have a history that made a difference because of their ancestors sacrifices; they will also see themselves through their fore-parents who made great contributions in Manhattan and Kansas.
Amount of Grant Request: $4,790.00

Pony Express National Museum

Children’s Video
The Pony Express National Museum’s Children’s Video project will take the museum’s existing introductory video and re-edit it for a school age level audience. In addition to the re-editing, a small piece will be shot with a Johnny Fry re-enactor to highlight objects that were important to the Pony Express Riders. This remade video will be shown to school groups attending the museum, and will be given to school groups that were unable to see the video during their trip. Additionally, a short video trailer will be created to be placed on the museum’s website and YouTube.
Amount of Grant Request: $4,840.00

 

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