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1st Quarter, February 2016
Olathe Parks and Recreation Foundation/Olathe Memorial Cemetery

Interpretive
Kiosks

This proposal seeks funding of $5,000 to defray the cost of acquiring eight interpretive kiosks for installation in the historical areas of the Olathe Memorial Cemetery. The cemetery has a rich history of pre and post Civil War conflict, with over 300 Union and Confederate buried throughout the cemetery, and mainly in the Civil War circle, established in 1865 and the Civil War soldier statue dedication in 1896.

Amount of Grant Request: $5000.00

Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council
Populating Douglas County: Pressures of Migration and Politics

This collaborative project will result in the creation of a traveling exhibit and a minimum of four public programs. Douglas County, the Eudora Historical Society, the Lecompton Historical Society, the Douglas County Historical Society and the Clinton Lake Historical Society are all Freedom’s Frontier partners who seek this opportunity to strengthen cross promotion and understanding of their shared and diverse histories. Public programs at the four historical society sites will focus on migration and politics and the impact on past and current culture in Douglas County. Humanities Scholar, Cindy Higgins, will moderate discussions which will be sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Amount of Grant Request: $5000.00

Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site, Inc.
Native Neighbors Program

This program will highlight many of the regional American Indian tribes, indigenous and relocated, which at one time or another called western Missouri and eastern Kansas their home. Their histories will be told through dance, storytelling, folkways demonstrations, and more.  

Amount of Grant Request: $5000.00

Jesse James Birthplace and Museum
Paper Conservation Project

The Project goal is to enhance the visitor experience to the museum showcasing two of Reverend James’ documents: his license to preach and diploma from Georgetown College. The conservation of these two documents will provide a better understanding of how Reverend James helped shape the frontier on the western edge of Missouri prior to the Civil War. 

Amount of Grant Request: $1440.00

Johnson County Museum
Permanent Interpretive Signage Panels

This proposal seeks partial funding to cover some of the costs related to graphic design, fabrication, and image reproduction rights for a permanent interpretive signage project along a 10.1 mile stretch of the Indian Creek Trail in Overland Park, KS that will survey the history of Johnson County by examining the derivation of the various street names that intersect the trail as well as other points of interest.

Amount of Grant Request:$5000.00

Lawrence Public Library/Lawrence Public Library Foundation

Hike through History on the Burroughs Creek Trail

The Lawrence Public Library seeks partial funding to cover some of the design and fabrication costs for a traveling exhibit already underway that will examine key points of historical interest along the Burroughs Creek Trail and Linear Park, a 1.7 mile concrete-paved path running 11th Street to 23rd Street in East Lawrence along a former rail line.

Amount of Grant Request:$4525.00

Marla Quilts, Inc.
(African-American Quilt Museum & Textile Academy Program)
Elements of the Kansas Underground Railroad Program

This project targets middle school aged children. They will create small quilts using hand-dyed fabric as part of the Beyond the Book program.
Amount of Grant Request:$5000.00

Marais des Cygnes Society (Poplar Heights Farm)

Poplar Heights Living History Farm: Permanent Fiber Arts Exhibit

A fiber arts exhibit that will give visitors a hands-on experience with different forms of fiber production by taking raw materials and turning them into useful and decorative products.

Amount of Grant Request: $5000.00

St. Joseph Museums, Inc.

Professional Framing in Museum Quality Materials of Photographs


The St Joseph Museums has made a commitment to bring 15 printed Black Dignity images of the Mary Ellen Everhard collection from the Amon Carter Museum and have them professionally framed in museum-quality materials for exhibition in the Black Archives Museum.

Amount of Grant Request: $1500.00 

Douglas County Historical Society (Watkins Museum of History)
Civil Rights Interactive Exhibit Kiosk 

This project will be an electronic interactive display chronicling civil-rights issues in Lawrence in recent history. Through the media of photographs, reproduced documents, archival footage and first-person audio recordings, visitors will be able to delve into events through several levels of detail.

Amount of Grant Request: $5000.00


2nd Quarter, May 2016
Black Archives of Mid-America

BAMA Cultural Heritage Trail: Walking Tour Brochure

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area will provide funds to the Black Archives of Mid-America to be used in funding the BAMA Cultural Heritage Trail walking tour brochure that pinpoints historic sites of both regional and national significance in the historic 18th & Vine District of Kansas City, MO.
Amount of Grant Request: $5000.00

 

Franklin County Historical Society, Inc. (Old Depot Museum)
Ritual and Reality: Secret Societies in Franklin County

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area will provide funds to the Franklin County Historical Society to be used in completing the purchase of exhibit furniture made available by Traub Design Associates to ready the museum for the exhibit, “Ritual and Reality: Secret Societies in Franklin County.”
Amount of Grant Request: $3500.00


Friends of the Kaw
Enslaved by Freedom: Lecture series

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area will provide funds to Friends of the Kaw to support Enslaved by Freedom, a lecture series accompanied by books and a digital program focused on the lives of lesser-known men and/or women born into slavery but now free from human ownership.

Amount of Grant Request: $4090.00

Great Overland Station
The Kaw: A Prairie River Shapes a State

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area will provide funds Railroad Heritage, Inc. dba The Great Overland Station Museum to create an exhibit for the Great Overland Station Museum entitled, “The Kaw: A Prairie River Shapes a State.”

Amount of Grant Request: $5000.00

Kansas City Public Library
The Pendergast Era: Kansas City in the Jazz Age and Great Depression, 1918-1941: Website


Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area will provide funds to The Kansas City Public Library for development of interpretive and educational content that will underpin a collaborative website, The Pendergast Era: Kansas City in the Jazz Age and Great Depression, 1918-1941.
Amount of Grant Request: $5000.00

Kansas State Historical Society (Kansas Museum of History)
Lecture Series

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area will provide funds to Kansas State Historical Society for support for a yearlong program of lectures, which work in partnership with the mission of Freedom’s Frontier.
Amount of Grant Request: $4903.00

Lecompton Historical Society

Artifact Records Updating
Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area will provide funds to the Lecompton Historical Society to be used to fund updating artifact records by inventorying, photographing, applying or reapplying identification numbers, collecting additional data on the artifacts, and entering it on PastPerfect software, by hiring a student or new graduate from the KU Museum Studies program.

Amount of Grant Request:$5000.00

Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes
Exhibit Expansion

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area will provide funds to Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes to expand their exhibits to incorporate more local unsung heroes throughout history.
Amount
of Grant Request: $1500.00 

City of Osceola, Missouri

Interpretive Panels 

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area will provide funds to the City of Osceola to be used in funding twelve interpretive panels along the walking trail from Benton Street to its RV Park then ending at the historic Osceola Square.

Amount of Grant Request: $5000.00

Shawnee County Historical Society
Heritage Area Programming

This grant funding allowed Shawnee County Historical Society to provide this 6-week heritage education programming for elementary and middle school-age youth. The history camp met at the Cox Communications Heritage Education Center on the grounds of the Historic Ritchie House. The program, “Ethnic Communities of Shawnee County, A Melting Pot of History, Culture, and Traditions”, emphasized the different ethnic groups in Kansas and specifically Shawnee County in the early settlement period which marked the contributions that helped to shape the frontier.

Amount of Grant Request: $4298.00


3rd Quarter, August 2016

Monnett Battle of Westport Fund
Wayside Markers

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area will provide funds for: Three permanent wayside markers describing successive battles at this location on 22 and 23 October 1864 and the overall context of these events during the Battle of Westport.

Amount of Grant Request: $4550.00

Topeka Center for Peace and Justice 
Justice Circles

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area will provide funds for:  JUSTICE CIRCLES: This TCPJ Project will introduce approximately 30 Middle School teachers in Shawnee County to the value of Justice Circles in building community in schools, teaching children to value diversity and to respect multiple perspectives.  These teachers will attend a training designed to help them develop Justice Circles in every Middle School in Shawnee County. With the FFNHA funding, it is hoped that the Circles may be put into historical context, demonstrating how these circles developed from the Native American culture of Kansas, creating communities that celebrated freedom, while setting appropriate limits on the individual’s behavior.

Amount of Grant Request: $5000.00

Haskell Indian Nations University Cultural Center and Museum
Experience Haskell: Native Lawrence—Sharing Our Past, Building Our Future
Haskell Indian Nations University is the modern incarnation of an educational institution for American Indians that has been part of the Lawrence, Kansas, landscape since 1884. Yet there has often been a palpable disconnect between these two communities that have grown up together, particularly in terms of understanding what Haskell is and its central importance for both a multitude of Native Nations and to the history of Lawrence. This event highlights common ties that connect and draw us closer, through promoting student activities, tribal histories, educational achievement, and the nexus of traditional and contemporary themes in all our lives and cultures.
Amount of Grant Request: $5000.00

Kansas City Museum 
Interpretive Signage Project

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area will provide funds to Kansas City Museum to: Cover some of the costs related to the development of a permanent interpretative signage project along a 3.2 mile stretch of the Indian Creek Trail in Kansas City, MO that will survey the history of Jackson County by examining the derivation of the various street names that intersect the trail as well as other points of interest.
Amount of Grant Request: $5000.00

Old Trails Regional Tourism Partnership

Brochure

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area will provide funds to Old Trails Regional Tourism Partnership for: Developing banner displays with supporting brochure materials to answer the question regarding the Old Trails Region, “What Trails?” Materials will be developed to share the story of the Osage Trace (trail), Santa Fe and Lewis and Clark Trails and the Mormon experiences in the Old Trails Region.

Amount of Grant Request: $3056.00

Wornall Majors House Museums
Brokering the Border Exhibit 

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area will provide funds to: Develop Brokering the Border, an exhibition which provides an overview of emancipation in Missouri, with particular focus on western Missouri. The exhibit will explore the impact of the long Civil War on the Kansas/Missouri border on enslaved Missourians and how the unique convergence of factors in the region facilitated emancipation.

Amount of Grant Request: $4500.00

Wyandotte High School

School Partnership and Bus Tours

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area will provide funds to Wyandotte High School to: Further develop the established partnership between Shawnee Mission East and Wyandotte High School; including fall author visits, bus tours, writing showcase, Freedom Corps, all discussing the history of racial politics in Kansas City and its schools and how these issues affect us today.

Amount of Grant Request: $5000.00


4th Quarter, November 2016
The Curators of the University of Missouri

Traveling Exhibit 

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area will provide fund to fabricate a traveling exhibit on the region's surprisingly pivotal role in the rise of America's gay rights movement.Amount of Grant Request: $5060.00


Jackson County Historical Society
Paneled Exhibit

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area will provide funds to the Jackson County Historical Society to: Develop a temporary paneled exhibit that explores the migration of German immigrants to Missouri in the 19th century and the lasting effects the migration had on Missouri culture.
Amount of Grant Request: $1300.00

Johnson County Museum Foundation

Exhibition Costs

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area will provide funds to Johnson County Museum Foundation to:  Support with the direct costs associated with the section of the exhibit examining the Border War and Civil War period from 1855-1865. The exhibition, Becoming Johnson County, will provide museum visitors with a survey of Johnson County’s history and development from 1825-2000 and is expected to be a long-term exhibition with a 15 year useful life.
Amount of Grant Request: $5000.00

Lawrence Public Library
Signage Panels 

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area will provide funds to the Lawrence Public Library to: Cover the design and partial fabrication costs for a series of nine permanent outdoor interpretive signage panels that examine key points of historical interest along the Burroughs Creek Trail and Linear Park, a 1.7 mile concrete-paved path running 11th street to 23rd street in East Lawrence along a former rail line.  

Amount of Grant Request: $5000.00

Shawnee County Historical Society/Ritchie House 
Interpreting the Ritchie House

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area will provide funds to Shawnee County Historical Society to acquire recommendations for improvement in how they are interpreting the story, presenting the Ritchie House and grounds, and to improve the education program hands-on experience for students. 
Amount of Grant Request: $3562.61

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