Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area

  • Lawrence, KS
  • www.freedomsfrontier.org

Mission Statement

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) is dedicated to building awareness of the struggles for freedom in western Missouri and eastern Kansas. These diverse, interwoven and nationally important stories grew from a unique physical and cultural landscape. FFNHA inspires respect for multiple perspectives and empowers residents to preserve and share these stories. We achieve our goals through interpretation, preservation, conservation and education for all residents and visitors.

Main Programs

  1. Offer Interpretive Grants to Schools, Museums and Historic Sites and Organizations
  2. Create Regional Heritage Tourism Products for Visitors & Residents
  3. Provide and Support Professional Development Opportunities for Partner Organizations
  4. Create & Support Elementary, Secondary & Lifelong Learning Opportunities about Heritage Area Themes
Service Areas

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Kansas

KS - Franklin County

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer since 2015

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Mr. Jim Ogle

Keywords

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interpretation, conservation, preservation, education, economic development

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Also Known As

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, Inc.

EIN

48-1246975

 Number

7769667156

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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In 2016, Freedom's Frontier: Implemented gateway and directional signage in Olathe (Johnson County) Kansas and Butler (Bates County) Missouri, to assist in getting travelers to partnering museums and historic sites. Signage is also going up throughout the heritage area to indicate sites are partners in Freedom's Frontier.Produced history summer daycamps for 260 4th-5th grade Boys and Girls Club students in Topeka, Lawrence, Olathe, Manhattan and Kansas City, Kansas; Independence and Kansas City, Missouri. Over twenty partner sites participated in camps with ""Civil War to Civil Rights"" learning activities and kayaking.Provided six urban high school students summer employment. Freedom Corps traveled to 17 partner sites to assist with projects from maintenance to interpretation. They had fun while learning: local history, life skills, and about their role as community stewards.Contributed to field trip transportation costs. Freedom's Frontier created a website where educators could find programs that meet history curriculum criteria. Since August 2015 we've received 33 Bus On Us! applications, and awarded $8798.45 for classroom visits to 13 partner sites, serving 2,510 students and 191 adults.Awarded Interpretive Grants of up to $5,000. Funded projects have included: indoor or outdoor exhibits, podcasts, tour brochures, mobile tours, videos, storytelling sessions, author readings and public murals. More than 75 grants have been approved since 2012. Our goals include: Increasing our endowment through financial contributions.Expanding daycamps and Freedom Corps.Creating a community theatre pilot project.Producing a comprehensive marketing plan.Continuing implementation of the master signage plan.

Programs

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

Program 1

Offer Interpretive Grants to Schools, Museums and Historic Sites and Organizations

This is an ongoing program designed to empower our partner museums and historic sites to preserve and share their Freedom's Frontier related stories in a more compelling and connected fashion. The grant program allows partners to put the knowledge about improving interpretation and making connections that they gain from attending partner meetings into practice at their sites. Grants are matched by grantee organizations through financial or in-kind resources. Grant projects have proven to create opportunities for new partnerships, programming and future projects which help generate a cohesive visitor experience and boost economic development.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Create Regional Heritage Tourism Products for Visitors & Residents

This is an ongoing program designed to develop heritage tourism products that provide residents and visitors with a better understanding of the region's history and create an economic impact through heritage tourism. Heritage tourists spend more time and money than the average traveler. Creating heritage tourism products like thematic tours and products that tie recreation and heritage together will entice these tourists to explore the history of the region, thereby improving chances for sustainability in heritage attractions and stimulating the regional economy. As an added benefit, these products will provide a greater understanding of the importance of the heritage area to its residents.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Program 3

Provide and Support Professional Development Opportunities for Partner Organizations

This is an ongoing program designed to raise the level of professionalism and sustainability at partner sites and organizations, including historic sites, museums, historical societies, libraries and DMOs. Additionally, Freedom's Frontier works to increase cooperation between these organizations throughout the heritage area. The heritage area depends on strong partners. The most effective means to strengthen the heritage area is to invest in the vitality of our partners and serve as a central coordinating entity that can help facilitate multi-partner projects.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Program 4

Create & Support Elementary, Secondary & Lifelong Learning Opportunities about Heritage Area Themes

This is an ongoing program designed to raise awareness of the struggles for freedom in western Missouri and eastern Kansas. These stories are central to the evolving ideal and fundamental American value of freedom and humanities education focusing on these stories can help to inspire respect for multiple perspectives and strengthen American democracy.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Kansas

KS - Franklin County

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Endowment: Freedom's Frontier enabling legislation expires in 2021. While it is feasible that the national heritage area could be reauthorized, the national heritage area needs to be on sound financial footing to weather any potential political climate. To that end, our greatest need is to build an endowment that can sustain Freedom's Frontier in 2021 and beyond.Board Members: The Freedom's Frontier Board of Trustees welcomes the addition of qualified, competent, interested and engaged Missourians and Kansans who are willing to serve on the Board. New ideas and perspectives are always welcome at the table.Partners: Freedom's Frontier is a coalition of willing partners who want to preserve, interpret and promote our shared Missouri-Kansas history. New partners are welcome to get engaged with our mission by attending partner meetings, applying for interpretive grants and helping with the various initiatives of the national heritage area.

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TERRITORIAL KANSAS HERITAGE ALLIANCE
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Jim Ogle

BIO

Jim Ogle, who was the general manager for Topeka television station WIBW-TV for nine years, was named the organization's executive director in December 2015. He worked in journalism for more than three decades. ""I was looking for a different challenge, and now I've found it,"" Ogle said. ""I've been a storyteller all my life. This is a great job to tell great stories of heritage and how it relates to today."" The goal of Freedom's Frontier is to bring awareness to the struggles during the Civil War in Kansas and Missouri. The National Heritage Area covers 29 eastern Kansas counties and 12 counties in western Missouri. Ogle said he wants to highlight the unique history of the 41-county area. One of his first projects would be to establish signage throughout the area that would help people identify significant sites of the Civil-War era, he said. ""I'd be really excited if at some point we could see that people have a better understanding about what Freedom's Frontier is,"" Ogle said. ""Our story is unique and interesting; the border wars, the fight over desegregation, once people hear the story they're surprised of the kind of conflict that occurred here as people defined who got what amount of freedom where."" Ogle, who lives in Topeka, has previously worked in Florida, North Carolina, Nevada and North Carolina. He was a former president of Downtown Topeka Inc. and has served on other nonprofit boards. Ogle graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Statement by Judy Billings, Executive Director: A National Heritage Area is a place designated by Congress where natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally distinctive landscape arising from patterns of human activity shaped by geography. After seven years of local work and full support from the Kansas/Missouri Congressional delegation, FFNHA was granted national designation bringing with it affiliation with the National Park Service. Our region, with its divisive history still powerfully remembered, still refers to the state boundary as a ""border."" Yet today our citizens are learning to integrate their differing points of view into a shared story. With leadership from FFNHA, our region can attract interest and visitors, yielding educational, cultural and economic benefits. This will be especially true as we approach the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in 2011 when national attention will be focused on how this conflict came about. To call our western Missouri and eastern Kansas homeland the birthplace of the Civil War is no exaggeration. Our landscape is dotted with places that capture the pivotal role this region played in the development of the nation. Citizens are beginning to pool resources, set common goals, and encourage dialog to transform our story into a plan of action to bring greater awareness to our shared heritage and to reap the economic and social benefits of doing so. Together we will weave our individual stories into a cohesive experience explained through divergent yet integrated philosophical perspectives, connected by maps, virtual guideposts, and honest, accurate explanations designed to educate, enlighten, and bring to life the rich and diverse impact that made this region Freedom's Frontier."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Jody Ladd Craig

Community Volunteer

Term: Jan 2013 - Dec 2017

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