KHC recently awarded $14,420 in The Things They Carried Home grants to 17 organizations. Local contributions to the projects are estimated at $25,803.
Four organizations received Preservation Project Grants to preserve, document, and create access to military artifacts and archival materials:
RezVets, Leawood ($3,000)
“Writing My Way Back Home”
Writers’ workshops offer military veterans and their families an opportunity to document the veterans’ experience. Cindy McDermott, project director.
RSVP Four County, Independence ($2,988)
“The 1011th – A Story of Service Throughout the Years”
A project to collect and preserve the images of veterans who served with the 1011th Quartermaster Company Army Reserve during deployments in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Kathy Shephard, project director.
Solomon Valley–Highway 24–Heritage Alliance, Glasco ($2,950)
“World War II Veterans Memorial Highway: A Tour of Remembrance, A Corridor of Service”
A project to inventory veterans memorials and collections of veterans artifacts in museums located along the route of US 24 designated as the World War II Veterans Memorial Highway. Joan Nothern, project director.
Wamego Public Library ($1,582)
“Veterans Oral History Project Conversion”
The library will digitize and preserve over 50 oral history interviews of Pottawatomie County veterans. Kelley Nordberg, project director.
Thirteen organizations received $300 grants to host public community workshops, led by a preservation consultant, to help veterans and their families preserve uniforms, medals, letters, photographs, email correspondence, and other important items that soldiers carried home:
Abilene Public Library: Kristine Sommers, project director
Belleville Public Library: Leah Krotz, project director
Brown County Historical Society, Hiawatha: Eric Oldham, project director
Emporia Public Library: Lynette Olson, project director
Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site: Reed Hartford, project director
Friends of the Valley Center Library, Inc.: Janice Sharp, project director
Kinsley Library: Joan K. Weaver, project director
Leavenworth Public Library: Kim Turner, project director
Lebo Branch of Coffey County Public Library: Mary Davies, project director
Mary Cotton Public Library, Sabetha: Kim Priest, project director
Overland Park Historical Society: Pat Crabtree, project director
Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library: Donna Rae Pearson, project director
Watkins Museum of History, Lawrence: Jan Shupert-Arick, project director