#QR1863 honored with KMA award

Kansas Museums Association News Release

October 22, 2013

Contact: Murl Riedel, KMA Awards Chair
(785) 207-0503

Kansas museums receive awards

LAWRENCE - The Kansas Museums Association (KMA) recently recognized two institutions for outstanding contributions to the Kansas museum community. The awards were presented on October 18th in front of nearly 150 attendees at the KMA Annual Conference in Lawrence.

The Technology Award, given to institutions that demonstrate an innovative use of technology, was awarded to the Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau, in collaboration with Watkins Museum of History and Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, for their project “#QR1863,” a Twitter-based re-enactment of William Clark Quantrill’s 1863 raid on Lawrence. The project, which featured dozens of average citizens researching and tweeting as characters involved in the raid, reached 1.3 million people. Accepting the award was Christine Metz Howard, Lawrence CVB, and Abby Magariel, Watkins Museum of History. 

The Award for Excellence, given to institutions that develop creative and engaging projects, was awarded to the Kauffman Museum, of North Newton, for their project, “Threshing Stone: Mennonite Artifact and Icon.” The exhibit brought together stories of wheat threshing technology and German-Russian Mennonite immigration, and explored how the threshing stone became a symbol of Kansas wheat heritage. The exhibit attracted over 1,700 visitors. Accepting the award was Andi Schmidt Andres, Curator of Education at the Kauffman Museum.

“These award recipients are among the best and brightest at Kansas museums,” said KMA President Shannon Hsu, Shawnee Town 1929 Museum, Shawnee. “They represent the innovative and important work taking place in small museums across our state.”

Winners are nominated by the museum community and selected by a committee of peers. KMA is a statewide organization for museums, historical societies, art galleries, nature centers, zoo, convention and visitors centers, and libraries. Its purpose is to promote museums and provide leadership, advocacy, and training for everyone interested in Kansas museums. To support Kansas museums, visit ksmuseums.org and make a donation.

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