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Swovelan Endowment

Margot and Ed SwovelanMargot Swovelan was a longtime employee of the Kansas Historical Society who worked with the newspaper collections. When she died in 2011, her brother, Dr. Eric J. Rinehart, established an endowment in her name.

The $15,000 endowment will help support Swovelan’s passion for newspapers by providing access and preservation for the Historical Society’s collection. “Margot spent her entire career at the Kansas Historical Society,” Rinehart said. “She was devoted to the early newspaper clipping program that has provided a wealth of information to the researcher. The delivery method, whether it was clipping, Xeroxing, and filing, or perhaps entry into the modern digital environment, was not important, it was the purpose that was important. So what could be a better use for the family’s donation? She found a real home with the Historical Society and she and her family will always be very grateful for that home."

The Historical Society is grateful for the generous gift from Margot’s family, her husband, Ed Swovelan, and her brother, Eric Rinehart. As a result, future generations will benefit from access to these records.