Educational Institutions

Kansas State Historical Society, Inc

  • Topeka, KS
  • www.kshs.org

Mission Statement

To support and promote Kansas history through the Kansas Historical Society.

Main Programs

  1. K-12 Curriculum--Education Games
  2. Shawnee Indian Mission Historical Site
  3. Grinter Place Historic Site
  4. IKE
  5. Kansas Historical Society
Service Areas

Self-reported

Kansas

The Kansas Historical Society provides direct services to Kansas and visitors to Kansas and online research capabilities universally.

ruling year

1935

Principal Officer since 2006

Self-reported

Ms. Vicky Henley

Keywords

Self-reported

Kansas history, K-12 education, Native Americans, historic sites & museums, historic preservation

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EIN

48-6102800

 Number

0504818880

Also Known As

Kansas Historical Foundation

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

The Kansas Historical Foundation (KHF) is an IRS determined 501(c)(3) non-profit and serves as the fund raising, fund management, membership, and retail organization for the Kansas Historical Society. KFH supports vital education programs and collection and preservation activities undertaken by the Kansas Historical Society. 2015 Accomplishments: The Great Soldier State: Kansas and the Civil War opened Oct. 2014 through Dec. 2015 observing the sesquicentennial of the war. Involvement of Kansas troops is interpreted through the display of battle Supported equipment purchase to allow for 360 degree photography of Kansas artifacts to be placed online.Supported the development computer and digital applications that allow access to historical documents, maps and photographs from the internet.Inventions of World War I, was a youth oriented exhibit to help children connect to the 100th anniversary of World War I.Mexican American heritage was honored at the annual Ancestor Fair as part of the Dia de los Muertos celebration. K-12 educational lessons developed for exploring the three branches of government. Developed IKE, the Interactive Kansas Educator, which is a robot with two-way video and audio capability to allow remote classrooms to visit the museum for a history lesson. Total audience online and in-person 13,241,000 with 146,000 of those visitors to museum and historic sites. 2016 Goals: Produce exhibit "Whats Cooking Uncle Sam?: The Government's Effect on the American Diet" to display Jan. - April 2016."Captured: The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes" June 2016.Provide engaging, vital, educational content to Kansas school children and adults. Procure private funding to create an immersive learning environment in the main museum gallery where artifacts and documents tell the story rather than merely providing illustrationOpen History Lab with first "History Mystery" lesson, teaching the tools of history research.Create a high school lesson the Kansas and World War I in conjunction with the special Exhibit "Captured."Increase the use of IKE the Interactive Kansas Educator robot to engage more classrooms state-wide in history lessons.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

K-12 Curriculum--Education Games

Teaching tools, similar to the new 4th grade workbook, that meet state curricular standards are needed by K-12 educators. Games addressing curricular standards utilizing primary source materials will be developed for distribution to Kansas teachers and schools.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$8,000.00

Program 2

Shawnee Indian Mission Historical Site

The Mission was a manual training, academic, domestic arts and agriculture school attended by Shawnee, Delaware and other Indian nations and served as the first Territorial Capitol of Kansas. It was a supply point on the Santa Fe and Oregon California Trails. During the Civil War the missions was a camp for Union soldiers. It is key to the heritage of Johnson County. Operating and endowment funding is needed to operate and provide educational programming.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 3

Grinter Place Historic Site

Troops traveling between Forts Leavenworth and Scott sometimes crossed the Kansas River on a ferry operated by Moses Grinter. A native of Kentucky, Grinter married Annie Marshall, a Lenape (Delaware) Indian whose people had been relocated to the Fort Leavenworth Indian Agency in the early 1830s. From 1855 to 1860 Moses Grinter operated a trading post, a business that sold about one hundred sixty types of goods (clothing, powder and bullets, perfume, sugar, and scissors, among other things) to the Delawares in exchange for cash and furs. The Grinters also farmed, raised poultry and livestock, and planted an apple orchard on their farmstead. During the Civil War one of their sons served in the Fifteenth Kansas Calvary. Funding and endowment is needed for operations and educational programming.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 4

IKE

Interactive Kansas Educator is a computer robot in the museum that can be directed by children and their teacher from their classroom to engage in a history lesson about a topic designed by their classroom teacher. The classroom teacher is paired with a museum professional educator who will help with the lesson. Two-way video and audio allows the students in the classroom to navigate IKE to explore the museum and dig deeper into a subject of their choice. IKE is in the developmental state after a successful launch and the goal is to expand the capability within the museum to allow more remote access to learning opportunities.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 5

Kansas Historical Society

General Support

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$279,997.00

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Total number of paid admissions

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Museum and Historic Site admissions

2. Number of periodicals distributed

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Kansas History Journal, Reflections Magazine, Preservation Magazine

3. Number of entities served by expertise

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Individuals served by Archives, Archaeology, Cultural Resources, and preservation of historic building and features.

4. Number of clients participating in educational programs

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
School children on field trips to the Museum of History

5. Number of requests for advocate products or information, including downloads or page views of online material

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Online access to KSHS.org to access Kansas Memory, Kansapedia extensive online databases for historic, archival, newspaper and genealogical research

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To support and promote Kansas history through the Kansas Historical Society by:
    1. Increase visitors to Museum and Historic Sites
    2. Create engaging educational and cultural programs.
    3. Plan for the significant reinterpretation of the Kansas Museum of History.
    4. Expand the online access to historic documents and artifacts.
    5. Increase digitization of historic documents.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1. Redesign and refocus quarterly magazine to illuminate Kansas people and places including the museum and historic sites.
    2. Create engaging gallery presentations on special topics including Civil War, Kansans as WWII Philippines POWs.
    3. Reinterpretation of the Kansas Museum and completion of fundraising for the project.
    4. Digitize 50,000 additional documents and artifacts for inclusion in the digital on-line resources.
    5. Increase endowed funds for historic document digitization.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    1. Staff traveling the state to increase membership.
    2. Museum curators create gallery presentations that tell important and engaging stories.
    3. Staff of museum curators, historians, archivist, and cultural heritage specialist work with design professionals to envision the reinterpretation of the museum into in-depth and engaging stories .
    4. Staff of archivist digitize, photos, diaries, newspapers, and documents each day.
    5. Fundraising staff seek to raise funds for the digitization process.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    1. Membership will increase.
    2. Historians, research staff and cultural heritage staff will coordinate on producing compelling stories of Kansas history that changed the state, region and nation.
    3. The plan for reinterpreting the galleries will be produced.
    4. Tens of thousands of additional documents will be available for public access on-line.
    5. Donations will meet funding needs.
    6. Geometric increase in Museum attendance and admissions
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    1. Membership increased by 2.4 %.
    2. Reinterpretation of the Kansas Museum of History is a multi-year project.
    3. Schematic plans for the museum gallery reinterpretation to be completed in first quarter 2016.
    4. Digitization is a multi-year project.
    5. Fundraising is a continuing project.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Kansas

The Kansas Historical Society provides direct services to Kansas and visitors to Kansas and online research capabilities universally.

Social Media

Funding Needs

Redevelop the museum galleries into engaging learning environments which take advantage of current technology to tell the stories including the people and settling of Kansas; the trails through Kansas; the Civil War and Bleeding Kansas; the uniqueness of communities settled by various immigrant populations; the richness of political thought, policy and civil action; entrepreneurs in manufacturing, extraction industries railroads and agriculture; and struggles for equality. Those stories tell the uniqueness of Kansas history and the impact on our nation and the world. Increase reach of history education for Kansas school children both by providing more engaging lessons at the Museum and by use of technology to that the museum to their classroom where travel to the museum is problematic. Increase funding and endowments for operations and maintenance at the state historic sites including the Grinter House in Wyandotte County and the Shawnee Indian Mission in Johnson County to

Affiliations + Memberships

American Association of Museums - Member

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Financials

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KANSAS STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Kansas State Historical Society, Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Vicky Henley

BIO

Vicky Henley serves as executive director for KHF, the private, not-for-profit foundation. Henley leads the 18 member Executive Committee, the 58 member board of directors, and 2,600-member organization. Henley joined KHF in 2006 after serving as associate director of gift planning at the Kansas University Endowment Association, where she cultivated and solicited major and planned gifts. She previously served the Association as development director for the graduate school and international programs. From 1987-2000, Henley was director of the Kansas Film Commission, where she promoted and facilitated film production in Kansas. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Kansas. A fourth generation Kansan, Henley has traveled the state extensively in her previous positions and has excitedly connected with Kansans from all the state in this position. Henley is building the financial infrastructure for KHF by working closely with the members of the board of directors who are spread around the state. "I have a deep and abiding love of Kansas, its people, and rich history. I am thrilled to be here at the Historical Society. It feels like I've come home." KHF helps support the many programs of the Kansas State Historical Society, the state agency. Its membership includes individuals, organizations, institutions, and corporations who support Kansas history. KHF also operates the Museum Stores located at the Kansas Museum of History, the Kansas State Capitol, and 16 State Historic Sites. Henley works closely with Jennie Chinn, the executive director of the state agency and her management team.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Kansas Historical Society is devoted to educating students of all ages about the relevance of our state's unique past to current and future events. A key component of history education is the teaching of critical thinking skills. Students learn these important life skills through reading and analyzing primary sources (e.g., artifacts, diaries, letters, census records, paintings, etc.) as they learn how to "do" history as well as learn about history. Please join us in our passion of sharing the compelling stories of Kansans."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Paul Stuewe

Lawrence Public Schools

Term: Nov 2015 - Nov 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?