County approves history projects
Funds for 12 historical projects through the Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund were authorized last week by the Board of Johnson County Commissioners.
Recommendations for 2004 funding of $243,433 were presented to the Board by the trust fund's Grant Review Board, which reviewed 18 applications, requesting $437,969.
Four projects were earmarked for full funding. They included $19,500 for a strategic long-term planning process and $23,420 for a temporary exhibit on law enforcement by Johnson County Museums; $35,000 for floor exhibits at the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway; and $17,000 for an interpretive exhibit master plan for the Ernie Miller Park Nature Center in Olathe.
Eight applications received partial funding, including the Gardner Historical Museum, which requested $34,901 for completion of the restoration of the museum facility and landscaping work on its grounds. The review board recommended $19,270 in funding for a mural project depicting the history of the Santa Fe-Oregon-California trails and the townships comprising Southwest Johnson County. Funds also would be used for archiving and storage projects at the museum.
The other seven applicants receiving partial funding were:
- $21,515 for site condition assessment and dining hall/kitchen renovation at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site in Olathe. The application requested $46,125.
- $17,000 for the 150th Anniversary Book on Johnson County History by Johnson County Museums. The application requested $36,300.
- $26,228 for creation of an interactive, fully searchable database of more than 13,000 historic pictures by Johnson County Library. The application requested $111,723.
- $10,000 to acquire and install a life-size statue of William B. Strang, the founder of Overland Park, by the Overland Park Heritage Foundation. The application requested $25,000.
- $1,000 to design and print a brochure and map of historic sites in Leawood by the Leawood Historic Commission. The application requested $2,500.
- $50,000 to construct and install exhibits at the Marra Museum of Deaf History and Deaf Culture in Olathe. The application requested $79,500.
- $3,500 to research and develop a 1929 undertaker's shop in Shawnee Town. The application requested $7,000.
The Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund was created in 1991 and designed to preserve the valuable heritage and history of the county.
The funding resolution for the 2004 projects was approved in a 6 -0 vote by the Board of County Commissioners with no changes to the recommendations from the Grant Review Board.