2020 KMA Grants
Congratulations to our 2020 KMA Grant winners!
We had an excellent slate of submissions this year for grants, and we appreciate all of you who took the time out to apply and the committee members who were charged with the difficult task of choosing the winners.
Onaga Historical Society and Museum
The Onaga Historical Society has been given a WPA-era Roosevelt Privy by descendants of one of the first families to settle in the area. Built in the 1930’s, the outhouse has a cement floor and one cement stool surrounded by a wooden structure, but needs restoration. Supplies including primer, paint, wood shingles, repair boards, new door and hinges, and cement or gravel will be purchased, with power-washing service also needed as the first step. When finished, new signage will be installed describing the WPA programs that impacted the region.
Gordon Parks Museum
The Gordon Parks Museum, on the campus of Fort Scott Community College, has the required rail system already in place to support the purchase of 20 anti-theft rods to secure iconic works of Gordon Parks and other important artists during exhibitions and scheduled events.
Franklin County Historical Society Old Depot Museum
Over the past two years, FCHS has received numerous donations of papers, booklets, and other ephemera for the archives. Current shelving has reached maximum capacity, so grant funding will allow the purchase of a Metro Super Adjustable Wire Shelving Unit, 74 inches tall, 48 inches wide, 24 inches deep, with 800 lbs. of weight-bearing capacity per shelf.
Ellsworth County Historical Society
Is restoring the front porch of the Junior Officers’ Quarters, a 150-year-old building in the Fort Harker Complex, in Kanopolis, Kansas. Deck and pillars that hold of the porch roof are failing and becoming a safety hazard, so pre-lathed pillars and bases will be purchased to complete the restoration process.