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James A. Thomas

James A. ThomasKansas Historical Foundation
Board of Directors
Elected to board: 1998

James A. Thomas was born in Kansas City, MO.  He received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He received a master’s degree from Stonier Graduate School of Banking in Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He is a senior vice president in commercial loans for Bank of the Prairie in Olathe.

He is a former member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board of Greater Kansas City; a life member of the UMKC Alumni Association and former vice president and treasurer; member of the Phi Alpha Theta-history honorary; member of Omicron Delta Kappa-leadership honorary; and Ducks Unlimited Art Show, formerly in charge of judging.  He was treasurer and president of the Fox 4 Love Fund for Children and has been active with the United Way and President's Club of Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

He enjoys traveling to western national parks and Civil War battlefields; hunting upland birds, wild turkeys, and ducks; fly fishing for wild trout and bonefish; and furniture refinishing.  He enjoys collecting Kachina dolls of the Hopi Indians, firearms, items from the Arts and Crafts Movement, and 1930s and 1940s toys.

Thomas has thrice followed the Oregon Trail from Independence to Oregon City. He also enjoys traveling the Santa Fe Trail, visiting the missions of New Mexico and California, and seeing Civil War battlefields. He is also interested in World War I and World War II history, the Rocky Mountain fur trade, exploration of the West, and Native American culture.

He and his two daughters live in Overland Park. 

Thomas was first elected to the Kansas Historical Foundation Board of Directors in 1998.