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Extraordinary events in Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area forever changed America. In the nineteenth century, the nation turned its eyes to the Missouri-Kansas border, where peoples with diverse definitions of freedom collided, inciting and fueling a Civil War. The impact of these events is forever woven into the nation’s fabric.

Freedom’s Frontier began as a grassroots effort of people just like you, who were concerned about our landscape. They understood that we have an important, nationally significant story to share about shaping the frontier, the Missouri-Kansas Border War, and the enduring struggle for freedom. More than 230 museums, historical societies, and heritage sites partner with us in telling these stories. Join us in our efforts in helping to interpret history that helped shape a nation.

  • Freedom’s Frontier NHA Headquarters or the Watkins Museum (Lawrence, KS) 
  • Riley County Historical Museum (Manhattan, KS) 
  • Wabaunsee County Historical Museum (Alma, KS) 
  • Historic Lecompton (Lecompton, KS) 
  • Quindaro Underground Railroad Museum (Quindaro, KS) by appt 
  • Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site (Topeka, KS) 
  • Bushwhacker Museum (Nevada, MO) 
  • Flint Hills Discovery Center (Manhattan, KS) 
  • Fort Scott National Historical Site (Fort Scott, KS) 
  • Lee’s Summit Historical Society (Lee’s Summit, MO) 
  • Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site (Olathe, KS) 
  • Franklin County Historical Society at the Old Depot location (Ottawa, KS) 
  • St. Joseph MO Visitors Bureau Visitor’s Center (St. Joseph, MO) 

Learn about the benefits of FFNHA partnership here.

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