Your gift to Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area provides support to historic sites, museums, historical societies, parks, libraries, archives, trails associations, and tourism in a 41-county region in eastern Kansas and western Missouri. The Interpretive Grants we've awarded since 2012 have provided thousands of dollars toward enhanced exhibitions, programming for all ages, and professional development and training for museum staff and volunteers.
In addition, we work with educators and museums for projects like the Disorder on the Border Symposium, that brought scholars to the Carnegie Building in Lawrence (where Freedom's Frontier has its offices) to present information about Quantrill's Raid, the Missouri-Kansas Border War/Civil War, and how Lawrence, Kansas, rose from ashes. Past symposiums have discussed the Border War, the Pendergast era, and Quindaro. Freedoms's Frontier also works with educators to provide lesson plans that merge historic documents, photos, and artifacts with state history standards in Kansas and Missouri, and bring museums into the classroom. And, our Bus On Us! program has helped to cover transportation costs to take kids on field trips to historic places in the heritage area. Summer day camps have also served to take hundreds of children to historic sites and museums in the heritage area.
As Freedom's Frontier heads toward a reauthorization from Congress in 2021, the heritage area is looking to expand into several more Missouri and Kansas counties, which will bring additional National Park Service sites, museums, and more into our boundaries. They'll then be eligible to partner with us, and receive our grants, and technical support -- including assistance with training, strategic planning, marketing and promotion, road and directional signage, and opportunities to benefit from travel itineraries and tours on our new travel app that launches in 2020.
National Heritage Areas are funded by the Department of the Interior, with grants through the National Park Service. In order to meet our funding requirements, and draw from our grant funding, Freedom's Frontier must show a 1:1 match. That's where you can help. Your donation allows us to spend money on the museums, historic sites and other organizations that partner with Freedom's Frontier to tell the nationally significant stories of our region, stories that connect us to the people, places, and events that shaped the frontier, led from a Missouri-Kansas Border War to national Civil War, and surround us as enduring struggles for freedom. When we spend money on our partners, we get reimbursed through our grants from the National Park Service, and the cycle continues.
We thank you for your continuing support, and encourage you to visit www.freedomsfrontier.org/Visitors/Places-To... to plan a trip to eastern Kansas and western Missouri to discover our museums and historic sites, explore history, eat, shop, and experience Freedom's Frontier.