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Good Ol' Days
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Fort Scott,KS
National Trails Day Celebration
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Olathe,KS
162nd Anniversary Battlefield Tours
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Wellsville,KS
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"Words Matter" Writing Workshop
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Topeka,KS
Pioneer Days at the Little Cabin
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Ottawa,KS
Day Out with Frank and Ella
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Olathe,KS
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"Words Matter" Writing Workshop
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Topeka,KS
Pioneer Days at the Little Cabin
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Ottawa,KS
Day Out with Frank and Ella
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Olathe,KS
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"Words Matter" Writing Workshop
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Topeka,KS
Pioneer Days at the Little Cabin
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Ottawa,KS
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Prairie Field Day
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM | Pleasanton,KS
Flag Day at Fort Osage
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Sibley,MO
Military Uniforms Display
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Oskaloosa,KS
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Dietrich Cabin Open House
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Ottawa,KS
Military Uniforms Display
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM | Oskaloosa,KS
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Time Travelers Summer Children’s Program
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM | Shawnee,KS
Pioneer Days at the Little Cabin
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Ottawa,KS
Story Walk
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM | Butler,MO
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Freedom's Frontier Board of Trustee Meeting
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Kansas City,MO
Pioneer Days at the Little Cabin
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Ottawa,KS
Day Out with Frank and Ella
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Olathe,KS
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Field Trip-Monticello Community Historical Society
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Excelsior Springs,MO
Day Out with Frank and Ella
10:00 AM - 4:00 AM | Olathe,KS
Family Fun Nights
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Olathe,KS
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Free State, Free Spirits Exhibit Closing Party
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Lawrence,KS
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1920s Mystery Book Club
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM | Shawnee,KS
Dietrich Cabin Open House
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Ottawa,KS
Tonganoxie Historical Society Annual Picnic
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM | Tonganoxie,KS
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Day Out with Frank and Ella
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Olathe,KS
Walk Back in Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | Butler,MO
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Day Out with Frank and Ella
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Olathe,KS
Family Fun Nights
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Olathe,KS
Equality For All: LGBT History at the Watkins
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM | Lawrence,KS
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African Americans in War
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM | Kansas,MO
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Mahaffie Dinner
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM | Olathe,KS
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Story Walk
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM | Butler,MO
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Day Out with Frank and Ella
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Olathe,KS
Mom & Kids Baking Class
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM | Butler,MO
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Day Out with Frank and Ella
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Olathe,KS
Family Fun Nights
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Olathe,KS
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Murder Mystery Dinner Party
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM | Butler,MO
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Family Fun Day
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Independence,MO
Rotary Freedom Festival
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM | Topeka,KS
Family Fun Day
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Independence,MO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Struggles for Freedom on the Missouri/Kansas Border
Extraordinary events in the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) forever changed America. In the nineteenth century, the nation turned its eyes to the Missouri/Kansas border, where peoples with diverse definitions of freedom collided, inciting and fueling the Civil War. The impact of these events is forever woven into the nation’s fabric.

 


Shaping the Frontier:
For the half million pioneers who traveled on the Santa Fe, California, Mormon, and Oregon Trials, the Missouri/Kansas border was the jumping off point. In this place where river travel ended, traders, miners, and emigrants purchased provisions and prepared for long overland treks. As they traveled west, many began to see the "permanent" Indian frontier beyond Missouri’s western border as an obstacle to Manifest Destiny.
Missouri/Kansas Border War:
When Kansas was opened for settlement in 1854, a border war ensured, capturing the nation’s attention. The Kansas-Nebraska Act nullified the uneasy balance established by the Missouri Compromise and left the territory’s future slave status in the hands of settlers. The stakes were high for both sides. The violence of the Missouri/Kansas Border War ushered in the Civil War, consumed the region in bloody conflict through war’s end, and devastated communities on both sides of the border.
Enduring Struggles for Freedom:

The nation’s struggle for freedom did not end with the Civil War. Though the war eliminated clashes over geography, efforts to break down society’s barriers continue. Since the Civil War, this place has inspired national policies and ongoing efforts to secure equal freedoms for all Americans.

We began as a grassroots effort through the work of people just like you, who were concerned about our landscape and understood that we have an important, nationally significant story to share.  Our themes are strong in shaping the frontier, the Missouri/Kansas Border War and the enduring struggle for freedom.

We appreciate your interest in Freedom's Frontier and look forward to your participation.  Join us in our efforts in helping to interpret area history that helped shape a nation. 



Partner Meeting Calendar 2018


January 18      Kansas City Public Library - Central Library, Kansas City MO
                       ( Agenda Meeting Summary PDF)

March 8           Schuyler Museum, Burlingame KS
                    
   (Agenda Meeting Summary PDF)
                  
May 10            Bates County Museum, Butler MO
                       (Agenda Register Meeting Summary PDF)

July 12            Banner Creek Science Center & Observatory, Holton KS
                       (Agenda Meeting Summary PDF)

September 13  McClure Archives and Universtiy Museum, Warrensburg MO
                       (Agenda Meeting Summary PDF)

November 8     Annual Meeting, Missouri Location to be determined
                       (Register)

 

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