History

In the late fall of 1968, several members of the museum community in Kansas got together for an informal meeting to discuss the possibilities of organizing a state museum association. It was decided at that meeting to send out a formal invitation, requesting opinions on the establishment of a Kansas Museums Association. It was asked if the museum people of Kansas would be interested in supporting such an association and in holding an organizational meeting in the spring of 1969. The invitation was sent to as many museums as names and addresses could be found in the state.

The response was favorable, and on March 6, 1969, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library hosted an organizational meeting to discuss the establishment of a Kansas Museums Association. The first annual meeting date was then held on April 17, 1969 and hosted by the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library. At this meeting, Dr. John E. Wickman, Director of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library spoke on the preservation and exhibition of manuscript materials. Dr. John D. Redjinkski of the Menninger Foundation, and Mr. James D. Marlar of the Kansas State Historical Society, presented slide show on museum exhibit techniques.

During its first year of existence, the Kansas Museums Association provided its sixty-two individual members, forty-four institutional members and four contributing members with informational on museum activities throughout the state on regional and national matters in the museum field.

Today the association has grown and continues to fulfill its mission to the Kansas museum community.