January 2012

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area

Vol 5, Issue 1
Talk Back
Congressional Delegation
News You Can Use
Progress Report
Partner Feature

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Your input is important to us. We encourage you to share your thoughts, concerns and ideas with Freedom's Frontier. If you can't attend meetings, please feel free to send us an email or give us a call. We want to hear from you.  

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Missouri Senators           


Kansas Senators


Missouri Representatives
Emanuel Cleaver, 5th District
Sam Graves, 6th District
Vicky Hartzler, 4th District
Kansas Representatives
Lynn Jenkins, 2nd District
 Kevin Yoder, 3rd District
Tim Huelskamp, 1st District
Mike Pompeo, 4th District

FFNHA Interpretive Grant deadlines near 

February 1 is the deadline for your consultation with FFNHA staff if you are planning on submitting an Interpretive Grant application by February 15, the first grant cycle the Interpretive Grant was approved by both the partner advisory committee and the FFNHA board. Grant guidelines and information can be found on the Web site under the Partners tab. From the Partners Resources page, click on FFNHA opportunities. 


Only Free for the rest of this month

Chapters 1-8 of 15 of the National Association of Recreation Resource Planners Recreation Plan are currently available for free. The association will begin publishing it for sale in the near future and will be taking it off the Web site. Download it here.


Document outlines policy for logo use  

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area has been working to build a unified graphic identity based on its logo. In order to ensure proper usage of the FFNHA logo, and strengthen the FFNHA name and image through consistent branding, a FFNHA Logo Usage Policy was approved last month. 


 Graphics Standards have also been developed for the FFNHA logo and text. The complete set of standards is available online and will accompany any granted request for logo usage. 


Use of the logo for promotional material for events (fliers, brochures, etc.), or for use on a Web site, must be submitted for prior approval to the FFNHA office. Requests for use of the logo which fall outside the scope of the policy, or proposed variations on the logo design are to be brought to the attention of Freedom's Frontier. Requests must be made one month in advance. Address all requests to Julie McPike, Program Coordinator, Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, P O Box 526, Lawrence KS 66044, (785) 856-5300.

At this time, the FFNHA logo shall not be used on any signage. The use of the logo on signage will be addressed in the upcoming FFNHA signage study. 


Applications Now Being Accepted for National Trust Grants

Applications are now being accepted for grants from the National Trust Preservation Fund, the Hart Family Fund for Small Towns, the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation, and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors. The application deadline for all four programs is February 1, 2012. Grants from the Hart Fund, which uses the National Trust Preservation Fund grant application, are for communities with populations of 5,000 or less. If you have questions about our grant programs, contact the grants office at [email protected].


Newbery Winner is next FFNHA Book Club selection  

Kansan and author Clare Vanderpool's first book, Moon Over Manifest, won a 2011 Newbery Award. The book club is tentatively scheduled to meet via Skype to discuss this selection Thursday, March 15, at 5:30 p.m. Moon Over Manifest is for ages 9 (grade 4) and up. So, if you have a young reader you'd like to have read along with you, this would be a great way to introduce some FFNHA themes and discuss how the book's plot fits into them. (Also, the book is available for Kindle if you want to read it that way.) Please email Liz Smith if you wish to join the Book Club.

Take a Civil War site guided daytrip  

Explore the history of several local sites on a driving tour with Civil War step-on guide Ross Marshall. The trip is hosted by and departs from St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 15, and returns at 5 p.m. For more details and registration information, download the trip flier.


RSVP Now for the December Partners Meeting

On Thursday, February 9, we'll be in Leavenworth, KS, for our first Partners Meeting of 2012 at the Frontier Army Museum in Fort Leavenworth. Please RSVP to Sonia Smith. Also let her know if you are interested in hosting the Oct. 11 meeting.  


Board of Trustees Meeting 

The next Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for March 6. The 2012 meeting schedule is: March 6, June 5, September 11, and December 4.  




FFNHA booth at National Council for History Education

The National Council for History Education (NCHE) 2012 conference will be held in Kansas City, MO, March 22-24, at the Westin Crown Center. The conference theme is Reading the Past: Literature and Literacy in History.  


FFNHA staff will attend the conference and will have a booth. If you have materials that you would like to share at the booth, please bring them to the Feb. 9 FFNHA partner's meeting, or contact Sonia to coordinate delivery/pick up. This includes information that will be helpful to history teachers as well as showcasing your historic site, museum or town. Also appreciated are bags, pens, notepads, and other items for use in packets for conference-goers. The conference is expected to have 600 or more history educators in attendance.


FFNHA will receive mention in all conference materials for providing a door prize. Staff already has collected a couple of books on Freedom's Frontier-related topics, and some DVDs from Wide Awake Films for the door prize. In order to take advantage of this free advertising opportunity, all door prize items must be reported to the conference organizer by the end of January, so if you have something you would like to contribute for the door prize, contact Sonia soon.


NCHE 2012 Conference information        


Statewide "Sleeping Heroes" project
You are invited to the launch of a new statewide Kansas history project at 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27 at the Memorial Building, 10th and Jackson,  as part of the State's Kansas Day festivities.


Titled "Sleeping Heroes: The Impact of Civil War Veterans on Kansas Communities," the project will encourage middle school students and their teachers to search for Civil War Veterans buried in local cemeteries.  Students will then research those Veterans as part of their study of their community and the Civil War. 


Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt will introduce the program. Schmidt is descended from Peter Schmidt who served in the Civil War and then moved to Kansas, settlling in the Independence area.  Because so many Veterans homesteaded in Kansas after the war, it was known at the time as the Soldier State.


On the program to explain the new project will be representatives from the Kansas Historical Society and the Kansas State  Department of Education, along with John Jackson, Chanute, a retired U.S. Army Veteran, who has visited 500 Kansas cemeteries in his search for Civil War Veterans. Also attending will be students from Glasco, Ks. in northcentral Kansas. They received national recognition in 2006 for researching the 83 Civil War Veterans buried in their town of 500. This serves as the model for the statewide "Sleeping Heroes" project.


For more information, contact Don Lambert by e-mail or at (785) 230-3630.


Outreach to Kansas Libraries 

FFNHA Finance and Development Assistant Sonia Smith and Westport Historical Society Director Alana Smith will be presenters at the annual Kansas Library Association conference at Hyatt Regency Wichita, April 11-13.  

The theme for the annual conference is I Geek Kansas Libraries in keeping with the national library advocacy campaign theme, Geek the Library.

  The two Smiths (no relation) will present on "Telling the Story of Freedom's Frontier: Collaborative Opportunities." They will talk about successful programs between libraries and other FFNHA partners and encourage library staff to work more frequently with their local historical organizations.

Franklin County Historical Society Director Deb Barker will also be presenting on collaboration at the KLA conference. Her presentation, "Communities of Collaboration: The Franklin County Digital Repository," is about Franklin County's history portal.  Janet Reynolds, of the La Cygne Library will be talking about how her library "Geeks History and Your Library Could Too!"


Get Your News and Information on the FFNHA Web Site
Has your location been in your local news? Send FFNHA Finance and Development Assistant Sonia Smith a link or clipping to share in our new "In the News" section.    


Don't forget to get your events on the Freedom's Frontier Calendar. The calendar on the new web site is easy to use! Please let FFNHA Program Coordinator Julie McPike know if you have any questions. 


Do you have an e-newsletter? If so FFNHA would like to be added to your list! Please send your enewsletters and news releases to Sonia.



Freedom's Frontier Executive Director Judy Billings to retire in February 

Freedom's Frontier Executive Director and Lawrence's long-time Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) director is retiring after nearly three decades of service. She was hired as the CVB director in 1983. Judy Billings will leave her position as the President and CEO of Destination Management, Inc., (DMI) the agency that oversees the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau and Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area in mid-February. The DMI Board of Trustees is interviewing CEO candidates now, and will soon announce who will fill this position.

Billings' support of tourism has been felt on local, regional, state and national levels. She has served on numerous task forces, boards, and commissions that developed strategies for promoting tourism in Kansas. She has been honored by peers and national organizations for her commitment and passion for tourism.  

"My work at the CVB over the years, and more recently with National Heritage Area development, has been an incredibly rewarding experience," said Billings. "I have appreciated working with so many talented and dedicated people. It has truly been a labor of love."

Billings has been married to her husband Dave for 28 years and has two grown children, Andy and Matt. She will spend her retirement enjoying her hobbies, including travel, and spending time with grandchildren. 




Workshops and Conferences Calendar

Looking to attend a conference or workshop to improve your management, research, fundraising, interpretation, or other skills? The Freedom's Frontier partners calendar collects information about local and national training opportunities in one place. Check it out at the link here or on the Freedom's Frontier website at www.freedomsfrontier.org.  


Workshop Spotlight: Nonprofit Connect Network offers budget seminars 

If your professional resolution for the new year includes being more informed about your organization's budget and using it more effectively to communicate your fundraising needs to your stakeholders, the Nonprofit Connect Network has a couple of seminars that might interest you. They are consponsored by The H & R Block Foundation and REACH Healthcare Foundation.

Linking Money to Mission: A Balancing Act - Thurs., Feb 02, 2012, 8:30 a.m.- noon, Kansas City MO

Learn to balance your organization's mission with its financial realities. Linking Money will include instruction on interpreting nonprofit financial statements to reveal the business underpinning an organization's mission and programs. Click here for more details.  


Advanced Budgeting: Maximizing Your Budget as a Management Tool - Thurs., Feb 02, 2012, 1 - 4:30 p.m., Kansas City MO  

This interactive workshop provides nonprofit leaders with a review of key budget terms and concepts and demystifies the process by focusing on how your budget communicates your financial story, the complexities and needs of your business. Click here for more details.  


Partner Spotlight: Lone Jack Civil War Battlefield, Lone Jack, Missouri  


The Lone Jack Historical Society (LJHS) has had a lot of exciting news in recent months. In August of 2011, FFNHA and LJHS received news that they had been awarded an American Battlefield Protection Program grant in the amount of $55,000. The grant is funding a preservation plan for the Lone Jack Civil War Battlefield. More recently, LJHS has had an opportunity to begin preservation efforts in earnest by signing a purchase agreement with the owner of the Cave Hotel property, the center-most piece of the battlefield. After more than 10 years, the historical society will finally be able to purchase and save the Cave Hotel!


An architectural historian from the National Park Service came to look at the building on the property to try and determine its age. While he wasn't able to specifically pinpoint a year with his initial inspection, he said that it is a mid 1800s structure. This inspection corroborates local lore that this building is a piece of the original Cave Hotel. The LJHS will soon conduct a more thorough archaeological study as well as a research project into courthouse records to further narrow down the age of the structure, which is resting on its original foundation.  


A benefactor has given the historical society a loan and another has made an outright donation so that there remains only $13,000 to raise by April 1 to "Save the Cave." Alinda Miller, LJHS President, would be glad to hear of ideas you may have for fundraisers. Contact her at Lone Jack Historical Society, P O Box 34, Lone Jack MO 64070, (816) 805-1815. Congratulations on this next step in preserving a piece of Civil War History!


More information is available at www.historiclonejack.org,


John Mark Lambertson retires from director post at National Frontier Trails Museum 

Kansas native John Mark Lambertson is retiring after 19 years as the director of the National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence, MO. FFNHA congratulates John Mark on his accomplishments as the museum director, and wishes him the best as he travels into the next phase of his life. Read the Examiner.net article for more information.


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