WHAT IS FREEDOM'S FRONTIER?

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) tells the stories and builds awareness of our region’s past, present, and future: the Kansas-Missouri border war, the Civil War, the settlement of the western frontier and rural America, and the enduring struggle for freedom. FFNHA supports and promotes approximately 323 willing partners, including historic sites, museums, historical societies, libraries, and other cultural-heritage tourism destinations in 41 counties across the Kansas-Missouri border.

The National Heritage Area program, established by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, creates economic development by promoting a region’s important history, like the Civil War and the history of the West. Today, heritage areas continue to receive strong bipartisan support. Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) champions the program as a “cost-effective” way to “help preserve our heritage [and] spur economic growth” by bringing tourism dollars to local hotels, restaurants, and other small businesses. There are now 55 National Heritage Areas across 34 states.

Please remember that no one is automatically opted into Freedom's Frontier.
Property owners, museums, and historic sites may become a partner by signing a partner pledge.
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President Trump creates six new NHAs alongside a bipartisan group of lawmakers on March 12, 2019.

WE PROTECT PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS IN OUR AREA

We never interfere with private property.

We never purchase private property.

We never impose local zoning changes.

We never interfere with water rights.

We never restrict landowners’ rights.

Read our authorizing legislation to see how Freedom’s Frontier can never acquire private property.

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area law

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HERITAGE AREA NEWS

New Website Launches

Featuring a revamped interface and user-friendly design, FFNHA's new site is the premier guide to exploring the heritage area. Take a look around today!

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IN MEMORIAM

Jim Ogle

FFNHA remembers our late Executive Director.

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FEATURED TOUR

KCK African-American Legacy Tour

Celebrating the African-American experience in Kansas City, Kansas, this self-guided tour highlights notable locations throughout the area's rich history.

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ADVOCACY UPDATES

FFNHA Reauthorized

Read the latest news on reauthorization efforts and find out how you can help.

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BUS ON US!

Now Accepting Applications

The popular grant program is back. Apply today!

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KANSAS: Allen · Anderson · Atchison · Bourbon · Chautauqua · Cherokee · Clay · Coffey · Crawford · Douglas· Franklin · Geary · Jackson · Jefferson · Johnson · Labette · Leavenworth · Linn · Miami · Montgomery · Neosho · Osage · Pottawatomie · Riley · Shawnee · Wabaunsee · Wilson · Woodson · Wyandotte

MISSOURI: Barton · Bates · Buchanan · Cass · Clay · Jackson · Johnson · Lafayette · Platte · Ray · St. Clair · Vernon