Partners in Preservation Program 

The Johnson County Kansas Heritage Foundation, in its effort to implement its sustainable and perpetual program to support historical preservation, education, and advocacy within Johnson County, has instituted a PARTNERS IN PRESERVATION program. Essential elements to the program are: Preservation, Funding, and Education partnerships.

Preservation Partnerships: (Skilled volunteers and professional staffing)

Annually, area residents donate thousands of hours and resources for the primary purpose of education, preservation, and advocacy for Johnson County’s heritage and cultural interests. Individuals apply their interest, skills, and expertise to serve the public as the past is preserved.

Professional staffing, typically very small in size, provides expertise in administration, facilities management, maintenance, and programming, in addition to their historical knowledge and expertise. The professional staffer is invaluable to the heritage and cultural preservation process, complimenting the volunteer services of preservation partners.

Current Preservation Partners:

  • Johnson County Park and Recreation District
  • Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center

Funding Partnerships: (Financial investors from public and private sectors; both corporate and individuals.)

JCKHF is a not-for-profit organization registered with the State of Kansas, and eligible to solicit for donation funding. Contributions made to JCKHF are tax-deductible if made directly to its affiliate member Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) which is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization.  FFNHA serves as the administrator of the grant funds for JCKHF.

The address for FFNHA is:

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area
200 W 9th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044

To develop a tax-deductible trust/endowment fund for donors, which is professionally managed by private or public personnel, which is contributed to and supported by various public and private partners that value the interests of heritage and cultural preservation in Johnson County.

Through the JCKHF Grants Program its members will utilize funds as a source to augment financial support for preservation, education, restoration and advocacy.

Trust/endowment fund distributions will have the oversight of a review board administered in partnership with the fund manager, JCKHF members, and the public-at-large.

 Current Funding Partners:

  • Midwest Trust Company
  • For privacy concerns unless authorized, names of private/individual funding preservation partners are not listed.
  • Anonymous

Education Partners:

Education is the process of training and skill development, and the vehicle by which the knowledge is transmitted. The value of preservation programming and funding is diminished if their purpose is not connected with education. As educators, our Foundation’s affiliate member organizations have been engaged as preservation, education, and advocacy partners for decades.

The education community is a valued and vital partner in the preservation and conservation interests of Johnson County.

Education is derived through many forms, including period reenactments and interpretative portrayals. These forms of historic, heritage and cultural preservation activities provides for scholarly research, and opportunity for individuals to educate, and be educated, by bringing history alive, giving relevant perspectives of life experiences of actual historic figures.

Current Education Partners:

  • Blue Valley School District: CAPS Program
  • Mid-America Nazarene University