Shawnee museums receive grants
Two venues in Shawnee will receive funding from the Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund.
The trust fund’s Grant Review Board, which had reviewed requests involving 11 applications seeking $312,361, presented recommendations for $172,461 in 2010 funding to the Johnson County Commission at their meeting Thursday. Commissioners unanimously approved the recommendations.
Johnson County Museum, 6305 Lackman Road, Shawnee, will receive full funding for its $20,800 request to digitize and provide public access to roughly 80 bound volumes of The Squire newspaper, ranging in date from 1961 to 1999. The digitized newspapers will be available through the county’s JoCoHistory.net website, a collaborative partnership between the museum department and Johnson County Library.
The museum also will receive $19,300 of a $24,600 request to renovate an exhibit area for use of a temporary exhibition space. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2010 or early 2011 in anticipation of a traveling exhibit the museum department has booked for next year.
Shawnee Town Museum, 11501 West 57th St., will receive $8,561 to train volunteer interpreters for living history presentations at the new farmstead, which is scheduled to open in 2011.
The Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund was created in 1991 to help preserve the heritage and history of the county. Revenue for the fund is derived from a portion the county’s mortgage registration fee that exceeds the $100,000 the county is required to contribute to the Kansas Heritage Trust Fund.