Kansas Historical Foundation - How private funds make a difference
Fort Hays State Historic Site
This site reopened in September 2010 with new exhibits made possible with public and private support. The newly renovated visitor center tells the story of the clash of cultures between Plains Indians and American settlers. Exhibits in the newly renovated guardhouse give visitors a glimpse into the everyday lives of enlisted soldiers. Exhibits on the grounds tell of the buildings and people of Fort Hays.
How the $300,000 renovation and reinterpretation happened
The State Historic Sites Division received $114,000 from a Preserve America matching grant for the guardhouse.
The Kansas Historical Foundation approached the Dane G. Hansen Foundation of Logan and Senator Bob Dole. They provided $150,000 for the match.
Private funding also came from annual member donations to the Kansas Historical Foundation during the 2009-2010 drive for the unrestricted Kansas history fund. A total of $25,000 from the unrestricted history fund was critical to finish the Fort Hays State Historical Site reinterpretation in fiscal year 2010.
Additional private funds were raised through the Partnership Historic Sites tax credit program.
State appropriations to the Kansas Historical Society, the state agency, have been reduced several times in the last couple of years. Funding for special exhibits was included in these reductions. In order for the Kansas Museum of History to present a new exhibit to bring in repeat visitors, private funding must be pursued to cover these costs.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., provided a donation of $20,000 to help create the recent Cars: The Need for Speed special exhibit.
Capitol Federal Foundation provided a gift of $17,500 to help to created 150 Things I Love About Kansas History, the special sesquicentennial exhibit opened Kansas Day 2011.
These two exhibits would not have been produced without private funds.
Field trip subsidies
The Dane G. Hansen Foundation of Logan generously provided field trip subsidies to schools from northwest Kansas in observance of the Kansas sesquicentennial in 2011 to visit the Kansas Museum of History's special exhibit, 150 Things I Love About Kansas.
The Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund grants helped to cover the costs of field trips to Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site in Fairway.
The W.S. & E.C. Jones Trust helps to cover the costs of field trips to William Allen White House State Historic Site in Emporia.