KHC awards twelve grants


A wartime newspaper drive in Ottawa, Kansas captured by photographer J.B. Muecke. Part of the Franklin County Historical Society’s “Home Front in the Heartland, Revisited,” one of twelve projects supported by a KHC Grant. Image courtesy of Franklin County Historical Society.

KHC recently awarded $70,611.00 in Humanities and Heritage grants to twelve organizations. Local contributions to the projects are estimated at $350,151.00.

Carriage Factory Art Gallery, Newton ($2,105)
“Vernon Rickman, Smithsonian Sculptor: Artful Life of a Kansan”
An oral history project documenting the life and work of Vernon Rickman, a Newton native who was staff artist and sculptor for the Smithsonian Institution. Cindy Snider, project director.

Cimarron City Library ($3,500)
“Cimarron City Library Special Collections: Accessible Archives”
A project to inventory and archive historical documents and photos from Cimarron and Gray County and make them available to the public. Sara McFarland, project director.

Franklin County Historical Society, Ottawa ($3,430)
“Home Front in the Heartland, Revisited”
A research and oral history project about life in Ottawa during World War II as seen through the lens of photographer J.B. Muecke. Henry Fortunato, project director.

KOOD/Smoky Hills Public Television, Bunker Hill ($10,000)
“Eric Bransby – A Last Mural”
A documentary film featuring artist Eric Bransby and his return to Kansas to visit the murals he painted with the Federal Art Project in the 1930s and 1940s. Jay Kriss, project director.

Lansing Historical Museum ($1,446)
“Faces of the Kansas State Penitentiary”
A project to digitize and share photographs and glass plate negatives depicting life in the Kansas State Penitentiary from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s. Jennifer Myer, project director.

Marla Quilts, Inc., African American Quilt Museum and Textile Academy, Lawrence ($3,398)
“From Slavery to a Free State: The Story of Maria Rogers Martin”
A project to research the life and legacy of Maria Rogers Martin, a quilter and former slave who came to Lawrence with abolitionists in 1862. Marla Jackson, project director.

Rosedale Development Association, Inc., Kansas City ($3,148)
“Shaping Rosedale Identity Through Our Local History”
A project to archive and digitize documents and photographs chronicling the Rosedale community’s history from the 1800s to the present. Adrianne Matlock, project director.

Shawnee County Historical Society, Topeka ($9,950)
“Our Charley: The Early Years of Charles Curtis”
A documentary short film about the Kansas years of Charles Curtis, the 31st Vice President of the United States. Debra Goodrich, project director.

Storytime Village, Inc., Wichita ($6,895)
“Literary Legacy: A Book Talk Series for Children & Parents”
A book discussion series engaging multi-generational readers in humanities themes. Prisca Barnes, project director.

Thomas County Historical Society, Colby ($10,000)
“Sorting Out Stereotypes”
Public programs and a traveling exhibition, “Sorting Out Race,” examining racial identity and stereotypes. Ann Miner, project director.

University of Kansas Center for Research, Lawrence ($6,739)
“See/Saw Festival: On the Brink: Borders, Boundaries, and Becoming”
A community film festival exploring physical and ideological borders and boundaries through humanities discussion. Hailey Love, project director.

Wichita Art Museum ($10,000)
“Freedom to Expand: Gordon Parks”
Two exhibitions, “Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott” and “Freedom Now: Photographs of the Civil Rights Struggle,” feature the work of Kansas-native Gordon Parks. Patricia McDonnell, project director.

For more information about KHC Humanities and Heritage grants, contact Murl Riedel, director of grants, at murl(at)