Shawnee Dispatch

County approves history projects

September 1, 2004

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:

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.

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