KHC Awards Eight Fall Grants

Volland shopkeeper Otto Kratzer's photos will photos will be on exhibit at the Wabaunsee County Historical Society. Photo Credit: Wabaunsee Co. Historical Society

Volland shopkeeper Otto Kratzer’s photos will be on exhibit at the Wabaunsee County Historical Society with the support of a KHC grant. Photo Credit: Wabaunsee Co. Historical Society

KHC recently awarded $46,215.00 in Humanities and Heritage grants to eight organizations. Local contributions to the projects are estimated at $77,987.

Brown County Historical Society, Hiawatha ($2,920)
Preservation of the Dress Collection

A project to catalog, photograph, label, and preserve the historical society’s collection of wedding dresses, Halloween Queen dresses, and early 1900s dresses. Eric Oldham, project director.

El Centro, Inc., Kansas City, Kan. ($3,388)
Building Communities: Mexican-American Softball Leagues

This research and oral history project documents the ways softball leagues built relationships and forged a shared identity among Mexican-American communities in Kansas, including Wyandotte County. Gene T. Chávez, project director.

Kansas African American Museum, Wichita ($3,466)
Black and White Remember Together

An oral history project to collect and share the memories of black and white students who experienced life in Wichita during the turbulent years of the late 1960s. Shenita Horton, project director.

Kauffman Museum, North Newton ($10,000)
Sorting Out Race

An exhibition and series of public programs uses thrift store objects as a starting point for conversations about race and racial identity. Annette LeZotte, project director.

Lecompton Historical Society ($3,495)
Updating Artifact Records for Improved Exhibits and Programming

A project to enhance exhibitions and public programming through research, documentation, and preservation of artifacts in the historical society’s collection. Lynn Ward, project director.

Miami County Conversation District, Paola ($10,000)
Against the Grain

This documentary short film explores the methods used by Kansas farm families to conserve natural resources. Amanda Hashagen, project director.

Nicodemus Historical Society, Bogue ($2,895)
Ola Wilson Collection Project

A project to preserve the collection of Ola Wilson, a teacher in Nicodemus in the early 1900s. Angela O. Bates, project director.

Wabaunsee County Historical Society, Alma ($9,961)
Focus on History: The Photography and Films of Otto Kratzer

An exhibition and public programs feature the photographs and films of Otto Kratzer, a Volland business owner whose work captured life in the Flint Hills community between 1905 and 1965. Greg Hoots, project director.

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