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Endowed funds

Contribute to important Kansas history projects through these endowed funds, or create your own named endowment.

The Foundation board will designate an endowed fund of $25,000 or more. These funds provide ongoing benefits to preserve Kansas history through market earnings, yet the core endowment principal is left intact.

For more information, please contact Vicky Henley at 785-272-8681, ext. 201; vhenley@kshs.org.


  • Chaney Endowment - Ruby Lee and Merle Chaney of Johnson County were knowledgeable about Kansas history and wanted to share their interest with other Kansans.
  • Nice Endowment - Mary Jayne and Gerald Nice were generous Kansans who wanted to preserve its history. Mary Jayne was a member of the Foundation's board of emeriti. Their estate provided an endowment to support programming for the Historical Society.
  • Rohde Endowment - Robert Quinn Rohde combined a passion for the arts and a fascination with objects from the past. He provided a trust to support programming and promotion at the state historic sites.


  • Crump Endowment - Even though Ralph and Marjorie Crump were from Connecticut, they were passionate a about Kansas history, establishing a fund for rare items for the collections. 
  • Ross Endowment - G. Hal Ross, a Wichita attorney and former Foundation president, has a deep love of his state. His fund will help Historical Society curators and archivists to act more quickly when rare artifacts become available.
  • Swovelan Endowment - Margo Swovelan loved the newspaper collection, with which she worked for 30 years. A fund in her memory provides for processing the collections for others to enjoy.

Research and Publication

  • Landon Historical Research Grant - Family and friends of Alfred M. Landon, 26th governor of Kansas and presidential candidate, created an endowed grant in his name. 
  • Powers Fellowship Fund - Created in 2001 in honor of Dr. Ramon Powers, former executive director of the Kansas Historical Society, this fund will provide for a visiting research fellowship.
  • Tihen Publication Award and Tihen Historical Research Grant - Family and friends of Edward N. Tihen, an avid researcher and amateur historian, created an endowed grant and award funds in his name.


  • Meder Internship Fund - Dr. Marylouise Meder had a lifelong career in library science, working in college libraries and later teaching at Emporia State University. She left a bequest establishing a fund for internships.
  • Ripley Internship Fund - John W. Ripley was a Topeka businessman who loved photographs, early 20th century music, collecting lantern slides, and Kansas history. A fund was established in his name to support summer internships for local students with the Kansas Historical Society.

State Historic Sites

  • Mermis Endowment - Richard A. Mermis, Jr., was inspired by his grandparents' love of their land in western Kansas. He provided a bequest to support Cottonwood Ranch State Historic Site in Studley into pertuity.