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Douglas County Heritage Grants and Historic Survey Information

Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council Natural & Cultural Grant Program
The Heritage Conservation Council of Douglas County promotes the conservation of our cultural and natural heritage to honor our past, enrich our present, and inspire our future. The Heritage Conservation Council makes recommendations to the Douglas County Commission on how to best establish a framework to conserve our natural & cultural heritage for future generations and to enhance economic benefits of tourism, local agriculture, and other endeavors based on such conservation efforts.    The Douglas County Commission has authorized grants funds up to $200,000 for the 2021 Douglas County budget to assist with the development and implementation of natural and cultural heritage conservation projects. This is part of an ongoing effort to secure the benefits of our heritage for present and future generations. In 2011, the Commission adopted the recommendations of the Natural & Cultural Heritage Task Force Final Report that a majority of the authorized grant amount, funded by tax dollars should be used for one substantial project each year. These major projects over time would be a visible testament to the ongoing value of the County’s significant conservation accomplishments. The remainder of the funds would be directed to target projects that meet smaller and equally important projects of local organizations and qualified individuals working to conserve our heritage.
January 6, 2021 Natural & Cultural Grant Program Materials Released

2021 Grant Guidelines 

2021 Grant Application

January 21, 2021 at 3 pm.  Grant Information Session - The Recorded Information Session is at: (1) 2021 Heritage Conservation Council Grant information Session - YouTube
Thurs., February 25, 2021        Deadline for required meeting with HCC Program Coordinator via phone/or Zoom.                                                       
March 10, 2021 by 5 pm           Application submission deadline. Grant applications (up to a maximum of 15 MB in size submitted as one pdf document) will be accepted via email to the HCC program coordinator via email to:
March 18th & March 25th beginning at 7 pm    Applicant Presentations
The Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council will hold virtual open meetings to review grant applications on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7 pm and on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 7 pm. Major  applicants must make a presentation to the HCC. Target project applicants are invited to make presentations. Join this public meeting via Zoom at:

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May 5, 2021  The Heritage Conservation Council will send grant award recommendations to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners on May 5th at 5:30 pm (This date is subject to change.)

2020 Natural & Cultural Grant Applicants, Project Summaries, and Awards
1. Applicant: St. Luke AME
Project Title:  St. Luke AME Church: Brick & Window Rehabilitation - Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Requested amount: $60,759 Recommended Award: $57,750
Project Description: The plan is to anchor, repoint and rehabilitate the west and north exterior brick gable walls of the building. The work also includes removing the two large stained-glass windows by professionals, transporting them offsite for rehabilitation. They will be reinstalled, including protective covering.
2. Applicant: Grassland Heritage Foundation
Project Title: Restoring the Prairie Connection at Black Jack Battlefield - This site is designated a National Historic Landmark
Amount Requested: $58,383 
Recommended Award: $36,790
Project Description:  Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park is nationally recognized as the site of a historic Civil War era clash, the Battle of Black Jack. The combat would have occurred in a field very different from what we see today, at the intersection of old growth forest and tallgrass prairie. While woody growth would have encompassed the tributaries of the Wakarusa River, tallgrass prairie would have dominated the remaining landscape. Today, Black Jack Battlefield has been invaded by non-native and woody plants, altering the services provided by the ecosystem, like resources for pollinators, water-infiltration, and soil structure. The undesired plants also greatly alter the historic aesthetic of the site. Through this project, we will bring Douglas County communities together to restore significant portions of the historic cover at this site, providing improved natural areas, a more accurate representation of mid-1800s landscape, and a community education space. The restoration work will be driven by community volunteer days incorporating education regarding the site’s natural and cultural history. The community will engage with the project at each stage, from seed collection to invasive species management to wildflower plantings. Each aspect of the restoration will consider the historic landscape, long-term management responsibilities, and public engagement.
  1. Applicant: Weld Properties LLC
    Project Title: Renovation of Historic Cohn/Gardner Hill Department Store
    A National Register Nomination is in process for this building. 
    Amount Requested: $72,000  Recommended Award: $0.00 This project is not being recommended for funding.
    Project Description:  Weld Properties plans a total revitalization of the building. Phase I of the project will include a roof, structural and foundation repairs, siding, windows and guttering on the exterior. On the interior, upgraded electrical, plumbing and HVAC/mechanicals will be installed. Phase II of the project will include tenant finishes and demising of the space to facilitate 4-5 separate office/retail suites in the building. The project is vital to the rehabilitation of Eudora’s historic downtown district as a whole. Weld Properties has completed two previous renovations at 724 Main Street and 707 Main Street. There is demand for leasing space in downtown Eudora, but there is currently no vacancy. This project will infuse new life to the historic downtown district, bringing in more traffic to support both existing and new businesses.
4. Applicant:  Haskell Foundation
Project Title: Haskell Stadium Archway Rehabilitation
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Amount Requested: $39,882  
Recommended Award: $15,000
Project Description: The Haskell Stadium Archway was dedicated in 1926 as a World War I Memorial. It also serves as an entry and “ticket booth” to the 1926 Haskell Stadium. Last year, the Haskell Foundation submitted an application to the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council for a grant to rehabilitate the Archway, specifying some $89,589 in needed funding. The Council wisely granted the Foundation $10,000 to perform a thorough professional conditions and close assessment as the basis for a preservation plan. As a result, a professional engineer, in collaboration with a roofing contractor, lead paint expert and core sampling analysis expert determined a detailed rehabilitation plan with an estimated cost of approximately $400,000, as specified in a 78-page report, (The Rehabilitation Plan). Based upon the Rehabilitation Plan, this proposed project has identified the roofing replacement, door replacement, lighting and electrical needs specified in The Rehabilitation Plan as the basis to effectively and positively move this Archway rehabilitation effort forward. This is the first step in the rehabilitation of the Archway. A substantial funding effort will start in 2020 to complete the rehabilitation of the Archway based upon The Rehabilitation Plan prepared in 2019, and this funding effort will be combined with funding costs to rehabilitate the south Haskell Stadium (“Tinker Hall”).
  1. Applicant: Douglas County Historical Society
    Project Title: Third Floor Core Exhibit Installation, Phase 3 - Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
    Amount Requested: $35,215  Recommended Award: $17,600
    roject Description: Phase 3 of the Watkins Museum’s core exhibit installation will complete a transformation of the museum’s visitor experience begun in 2012.  This phase includes exhibits employing cutting-edge interpretive and visitor engagement techniques to explore themes that influenced development of the communities we know today:  Innovation/Entrepreneurship, Railroads, Public Education, Universities in Douglas County, Lawrence in the Movies, and an Interactive Learning Center exploring home and work life in the early 1900s (themes detailed below). The DCHS seeks funding for exhibits exploring indigenous and emigrant tribes in Douglas County, the founding of the county and establishment of Lawrence as an economic center, and the histories of two iconic historic structures, the Eldridge Hotel and Watkins Building.  These exhibits strengthen connections with Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area themes and address community interest in stories of native peoples.   As the DCHS has little in its collection relating to native cultures, the Native American exhibits will be developed in partnership with Haskell Indian Nations University.  A student at Haskell, advised by faculty member Eric Anderson, will develop content and utilize resources in the Haskell Cultural Center.
6. Applicant:  Vinland Fair Association
Project Title: Vinland Fair Barn Exterior Maintenance  - Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Amount Requested: $7,140  Recommended Award: $7,140
Project Description: In 2007 a 945 square foot restroom/storage addition was added to the north end of the original 1927 Fair Barn. The exterior was covered with car siding to match the exterior of the original structure. Unfortunately, unlike the fir siding on the original barn, the car siding installed was pine and has not weathered well. The clearstory windows on the west side are also showing signs of weathering. The overall project is to replace the siding on the addition with T-111, 4 inch vertical grooved siding, clean, scrape the clearstory windows and original barn siding and paint the entire barn to preserve the historic structure.
  1. Applicant:  Santa Fe Trail Historical Society, Inc., of Douglas County
    Project Title: Black Jack Ruts/Ivan Boyd Prairie Trail Project - Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
    Amount Requested: $19,815  Recommended Award: $17,800
    Project Description: The Santa Fe Trail ruts found at this site are some of the premier ruts/swales along the entire 870 mile trail. However, public access is severely limited and handicapped access is non-existent. We propose to develop a 350 foot long five foot wide ADA accessible trail of compacted chip gravel which will extend from the entrance road to the first rut. From there we will construct an additional 1,500 feet long trail that is three foot wide and consists of compacted soil. It will go south from the gravel trail to the main ruts, loop to the southeast and then return to the chip gravel trail. Three interpretive panels will be designed by the National Park Service (NPS). One will be placed at the beginning of the trail, the other two, as well as two concrete benches, will be placed at the first rut. Also as part of this project we will restore two historical markers at the site and construct an ADA accessible path to the log cabin museum.
  2. Applicant:   Southwest Cemetery, Eudora
    Project Title:  Preservation of the Eudora Southwest City African-American Cemetery - Not listed on the state or national registers.
    Amount Requested: $10,000 Recommended Award: $0.00 This project is not being recommended for funding.
    Project Description: The Eudora Southwest Cemetery was the first cemetery established in Eudora.  This cemetery has a troubled past.  Approximately ten years after it was first used, the white settlers buried there were exhumed and moved to a different cemetery.  It then became the black cemetery.  Over the years the cemetery was neglected although it appears that there were burials there as late as the 1980's.  At this point there are many unmarked graves and we don't know how many people are even buried there.  There is some indication that a bulldozer was used in the 1950s to push away many of the gravestones.  Accordingly, it is difficult to even identify where there are grave sites located in the cemetery. The primary purpose of this project is to research the history of this important fixture of the Eudora community and to erect an interpretive panel to educate visitors about the cemetery and the people interred there. 
  1. Applicant:  Baker University/Old Palmyra Post Office
    Project Title:  Palmyra Post Office Second Floor Access-Listed on the Register of Historic Kansas Places
    Amount Requested: $14,000  Recommended Award: $0.00 This project is not being recommended for funding.
    Project Description: Now that the Palmyra Post Office exterior is in good shape and ready to receive visitors, we would like the interior to be as well. In particular, the second floor of the building has holes, wood rot, and some saggy floor boards. The stairs also need work. We want the community to have safe access to the second floor of the building and would like to complete the repairs to make that possible.
10. Applicant:  Eudora Area Historical Society
Project Title:  Improvements at the Eudora Community Museum 2020 - Listed on the Register of Historic Kansas Places
Amount Requested: $17,415 Recommended Award: 5,000
Project Description: The Eudora Community Museum (ECM) has a number of important improvement projects that require immediate attention and action. The Eudora Area Historical Society (EAHS), owners of the ECM, would benefit greatly from assistance from the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council for the completion of these projects. These projects include: (#1) Lighting improvements, install badly needed track-heads and LED lightbulbs in the southern portion of our second story. (#2) Window coverings, install solar shades over all 19 windows in the museum to block harmful UV rays from damaging our collections. (#3) A variety of rehabilitation projects at the museum. These projects include repairing exterior stucco, repairing a section of the roof, replacing the deteriorated exterior sidewalk and stairs with a new concrete sidewalk and stairs.
11.  Applicant:  Friends of the Kaw
Project Title: Eudora and Wakarusa: Prairie and Riparian Restoration and Protection - 
Amount Requested: $39,813 Recommended Award: $20,000
Project Description: The beautiful Wakarusa River begins in the limestone hills of Wabaunsee County and flows 80 miles to join the Kansas River at Eudora. The riparian buffers and upland landscapes that protect these rivers are neglected and damaged. Native grasslands slow rainwater and force it into the soil for filtration, before it reaches the riparian zone. The riparian buffer is the last line of defense to extract debris and pollutants. With this proposed project we will restore native vegetation to a portion of the riparian buffer zone and upland area along the Wakarusa River, where it joins the Kansas River. We will also install two bioswale gardens designed to slow stormwater runoff from the city’s paved surfaces and filter out debris, nutrients, and impurities, before it reaches the river. This project will provide education for the Eudora community members through volunteer experiences and to students of Eudora High School through our Kids About Water program. Students will also visit the project site and learn about the importance of this work in protecting the Wakarusa River and thereby the Kansas River, which is a drinking water source to over 800,000 Kansans.

12.  Applicant:  Friends of the Baldwin City Library 
Project Title:  150 Years of Baldwin City History & The Story of Mayor Lucy Sweet Sullivan
Amount Requested: $ 23,160  Recommended Award: $5,000
Project Description: 2020 is an unprecedented opportunity to share the story of Lucy Sweet Sullivan and to expand understanding of Baldwin City’s history and contributions to the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Lucy’s story connects our historical assets and lends a human element to engage present and future generations. The Baldwin City Library with the Lumberyard Arts Center and City of Baldwin City seek HCC funding to produce and implement eleven coordinated engagement activities, plus their document and promotion to collectively and innovatively share the story of the first woman to be elected mayor of Baldwin City, Lucy Sweet Sullivan.

13.  Applicant:  St. John the Evangelist Church/La Yarda Project
Project Title: Digitization and Transcription of Oral Histories of La Yarda Residents - 
Amount Requested: $ 5,000.00 - Recommended Award: $5,000.00
Project Description: Mexican families who came to Lawrence to work for the Santa Fe railroad in the 1920’s were housed either in boxcars or in a humble settlement known as La Yarda located east of the railroad tracks in East Lawrence.   Twenty years ago, as part of a special project, historian Helen Krische interviewed many Douglas County residents who grew up in the La Yarda community.  Her interviews were recorded on audiotape and VHS.  The oral histories document residents’ stories, describing the economic and social conditions of Mexican immigrant families in the early twentieth century in Douglas County.  The recordings offer vivid descriptions of family and community life in La Yarda.  It is important to make them available to the public and to research.  These tapes are physically located at the Watkins Museum of History and are accessioned there, but need to be catalogued.  A prerequisite of cataloguing the tapes requires first converting them to digital format and transcribing their contents, making them useful to researchers. We request funding at this time to have these tapes digitized and transcribed in order that the important oral histories may be catalogued at the museum, and made available for public and research use.
14. Applicant:  Kansas Land Trust
Project Title: Kansas Land Trust Junior Naturalist Journal

Amount Requested: $ 4,187 -  Recommended Award: $4,187 
Project Description: This project’s goal is to inspire children and their families to spend time outside, nurturing their appreciation and support of local landscapes. The Kansas Land Trust (KLT) requests funds to cover the development, design, and printing costs of 300 copies of the Kansas Land Trust Junior Naturalist Journal. The journal is a Douglas County-specific, 20-page, professionally illustrated activity guide with space for nature journaling. These journals will be given to children in Douglas County as prizes for completing our Young Naturalist Activity Calendar – a summer journaling calendar and activity sheet that complement the Lawrence Public Library’s (LPL) Summer Reading Program and Lawrence Green Spaces Art Project. The Lawrence Green Spaces Art Project collaborates with local artists to create artwork celebrating parks and green spaces. Our journaling calendar and activity sheets will include specific links to and descriptions of these parks and other green spaces throughout Douglas County. KLT will distribute the Young Naturalists Summer Activity Calendar in cooperation with LPL, the Baldwin City Public Library and the Eudora Public Library. KLT is initiating this program to celebrate thirty years conserving unique Kansas lands, 1990-2020, and plans to use this legacy booklet for outreach and education beyond 2020.

15.  Applicant:  Clinton Lake Historical Society
Project Title: Wakarusa River Valley Community Spotlight Exhibits

Amount Requested: $ 8,733.00 Recommended Award: $8,733
Project Description: In 2020, WRVHM will begin a series of in-depth exhibits to honor Wakarusa River Valley communities effected by the building of Clinton Reservoir. The series will start with Richland, our western-most community in the Wakarusa watershed, and work our way east. The communities of Twin Mound and Old & New Belvoir will be next. The grant fund request will cover 2 years of exhibit development, printed displays, and an investment in professional, flexible use “museum furniture” that will benefit any museum exhibit in the future. The 2020 exhibit highlights the town of Richland, an economic and social hub for rural families prior to its purchase/destruction by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The exhibit’s objective is threefold: to convey Richland’s historical importance to the region; spotlight longtime resident Dr. Weed Tibbitts; and honor memories of former residents through quotes gathered via oral histories the past two years. Ultimately, the “Remembering Richland” exhibit, and subsequent community exhibits in the series, will enable museum visitors an opportunity to understand the historical significance of this extinct town while former residents can reminisce memories of days gone by.

2020 Douglas County Natural & Cultural Grant Program Awards
St. Luke AME Church 900 New York Street, Lawrence, KS 66044
Grassland Heritage Foundation P.O. Box 394, Shawnee Mission, KS 66201
Haskell Foundation - Memorial Stadium Archway 155 Indian Avenue #5019, Lawrence, KS 66046
Douglas County Historical Society 1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044
Santa Fe Trail Historical Society PO Box 379, Baldwin City, KS 66006
Vinland Fair Association 713 E 1728 Rd, Baldwin City, KS 66006
Eudora Area Historical Society PO Box 158, Eudora, KS 66025
Friends of the Kaw PO Box 1612, Lawrence, KS 66044
Friends of the Baldwin City Library PO Box 565, Baldwin City, KS 66006
St. John Evangelist Church 1229 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS 66044
Kansas Land Trust 16E 13th St, Lawrence, KS 66049
Clinton Lake Historical Society
2019 Grant Awards & Project Descriptions
The Heritage Conservation Council of Douglas County promotes the conservation of our cultural and natural heritage to honor our past, enrich our present, and inspire our future. The Heritage Conservation Council is recommending that nine (9) projects be funded in the 2019 round of grant awards.  Collectively, these grants exemplify the mission of the Douglas County Heritage Council to conserve both our natural and cultural resources. Combined with the heritage grant projects funded in 2011-2018, Douglas County is harnessing a rare opportunity to weave together exceptional experiences that tell the stories of our collective past.  

The Douglas County Commission created the Heritage Conservation Council to provide guidance for heritage conservation efforts in Douglas County, including the Natural and Cultural Heritage Grant Program. 

A report submitted by the Council in January 2014 indicated that local groups who received county support from previous grant cycles raised nearly twice that much again from other funding sources by using the local funds as leverage to secure additional funding. Not only do local groups bring in additional dollars for their projects, the Council continues a partnership with Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area to pass-through grants for federal matching dollars and federally funded Historic Preservation Fund grants to cover costs of the historic building intensive surveys, required CLG (Certified Local Government) training opportunities, and preservation education opportunities for the general public.
Grant applications were made available on the DC website beginning the first week in January 2019. Two grant workshops were held at the Lawrence Public Library on January 4 and January 22, 2019. All applicants met with the program coordinator on or before February 26, 2019. Upon receipt of the completed applications in mid-March, Council members read, reviewed, and systematically evaluated the applications.  On March 21th and March 28th all applicants made presentations about their projects in person to the Council.  On April 4th the Council met to make award recommendations.  As directed by the resolution that created the Council, all decisions were made using the consensus decision making model through facilitated discussions.  All meetings were open to the public. Grant projects are expected to be completed within a 24-month time period. The 2019 grant awards were reduced from 2018 due to cuts to the Heritage Conservation Council budget. No major grants were awarded. Appendix A provides a listing of the funding recommended by the HCC and includes a listing of applicants, project names, the grant amount requested, and recommended awards.  
  • Major Grant Category – This category was adjusted to reflect the decrease in the 2019 HCC’s budget.  Range - $40,000-$74,000
  • TARGET Grant Category:  Up to $39,999
    2019 Applicants & Project Summaries:

    1. Applicant: Baldwin City  
    Project Title:  Baldwin City’s Pioneer Cemetery & Prairie Heritage Preservation
    Requested amount:                             $38,270.00
    Recommended Award:             $31,750.00

Grant funds to be used just for the restoration and resetting on the 40 most urgent tombstones. The city will work to get the cemetery listed on the National Register of Historic Places and will comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.
Project Description:
This project seeks to reset and clean headstones as needed for the specific stone in Pioneer Cemetery as recommended by the professional contractor, Pishney Restoration Services.  Due to cost this service has been broken down in to three phases, quote attached to this application.  This project is also to preserve the natural prairie that exists on three sides of the cemetery.  In addition, a covered shelter area will be built.  This kiosk/shelter area would provide educational panels noting the history of the area and the first settlers, some of whom are buried in this cemetery.  It would also provide a panel of information about the prairie which would be provided by the Kansas Biological Survey.  It is anticipated that this cemetery will be an educational destination for classroom fieldtrips, people enjoying nature and historical tourism.  This area ties in well with other areas, Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park, Ivan Boyd Prairie Preserve and Baker University, for historical preservation and these areas will be noted in the panels as well.  Beyond the areas already mentioned are the added benefits provided by the land and prairie such as bird watching, tagging Monarch butterflies and the occasional deer.
 2. Applicant: Clinton Lake Historical Society
Project Title: Digitization of the Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum Phase II
Amount Requested: $5,000.00
cription of the oral history interview for the WRVHM collection of family histories, an audio clip embedded in website or narration to a slideshow about the Underground Railroad (UGRR).
Recommended Award: $5,000.00
Suggestion to consult with the Watkins Museum of History or other professional who has done oral history transcription.
 Project Description: 
The Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum received a HCC grant in 2018 for the digitization of the taped interviews conducted by museum founder Martha Parker in the 1970s and 1980s. CLHS is now looking at Phase II of our digitization project: transcribing the audio files for the collection, upgrading the museum computer software to allow for compatibility to Collection Software (acquired through separate grant), and purchasing supplies for presentations and educational outreach. The goal is to have a usable digital file for public use and a means to display the information in a variety of mediums.
  1. Applicant: Douglas County Conservation District
Project Title: Douglas County Water Festival for Fifth Grade Students
Amount Requested: $5,000.00
Recommended Award: $5,000.00
Project Description: 
A water festival is an educational, interactive, and fun event that will increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of local water resources and issues. The Douglas County Water Festival “Our Water, Our Home”, will consist of structured learning stations and exhibits where students will actively engage in hands-on water-related activities and learn about the communities that were impacted by the building of Clinton Lake. The delivery mechanism promotes an understanding of water-related topics including: the hydrologic cycle, historic use of water, watersheds, stream formation and flow, and water availability. The Next Generation Science Standards have identified knowledge of the water cycle and water issues as important fifth grade benchmarks, so the Douglas County Water Festival will target fifth grade students throughout Douglas County. The grant request is for a two-year cycle, with evaluation after the first year and improvements incorporated for the second year.
  1. Applicant: Douglas County Extension Council
    Project Title: Planting Natives Education Project
    Amount Requested: $5,000.00  
Recommended Award: $5,000.00  
Project Description:
Douglas County Extension Council (Extension) is requesting $5,000 in funding for the Planting Natives Education Project which includes publishing The Guide for Planting Natives in Northeast Kansas, developing a corresponding website, and hosting educational activities demonstrating the importance of native plants. Northeast Kansas was once covered with tallgrass prairie. Due to land use changes, development, and other factors, much of that prairie has disappeared and the ecosystem services it provides have declined. Prairie holds a unique place in Kansas history and culture. To lose it completely would mean losing part of our heritage. 
This project, undertaken by Extension in collaboration with the Kansas Rural Center and Grassland Heritage Foundation, will provide essential information and guidance to landowners and urban homeowners on how to reconstruct and manage prairie and garden with native plants. HCC funding will be used to publish the guide, make the guide available in print and online, and host one educational event in Douglas County with a leader in the field of prairie ecology. By reintroducing native plants to the landscape Kansans can again enjoy the benefits they provide and reconnect with a part of our prairie heritage. 
  1. Applicant: Eudora Area Historical Society  
Project Title: Improvements at the Eudora Community Museum
Amount Requested: $27,995.00
Recommended Award: $6,900.00
Eudora Area Historical Society: Grant money is to be used for the railings and gate plus the threshold which are all safety concerns. Suggestion: Contact local master gardener’s to guide and assist on rear yard.
 Project Description:
The Eudora Community Museum (ECM) has a number of important improvement projects that require immediate attention and action. The Eudora Area Historical Society (EAHS), owners of the ECM, would benefit greatly from assistance from the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council for the completion of these projects. These projects include: (#1) Enhanced Security. This improvement would change the museum’s locks and install an exterior video surveillance system. (#2) Landscaping improvements, to install dirt and sod over the mud in our backyard. (#3) Lighting improvements, install badly needed track-heads and LED lightbulbs in the southern portion of our second story. (#4) Window coverings, install solar shades over all 19 windows in the museum to block harmful UV rays from damaging our collections. (#5) A variety of rehabilitation projects at the museum. These projects include repairing exterior stucco, repairing a section of roof, installing metal hand-railings along our new rear ramp and stairs, installing a fencing around the accessibility deck, installing a new metal gate, replacing the deteriorated exterior sidewalk and stairs with a new concrete sidewalk and stairs, installing a smoother threshold at our front door, painting parking lines and a handicap symbol at our parking-lot, among other projects.
  1.  Applicant:  First United Methodist Church of Lawrence, KS
Project Title: Bell Tower Restoration
Amount Requested: $51,055.00
Recommended Award: $28,930.00
Grant funds to go toward restoration of the bell portion of the project only.
 Project  Description:
Restoration of the prominent Bell tower; including the replacement of the slate roof and metal trim, deteriorated stone, and repointing the stone with original mixture (and color) of mortar. Repair wood trim and corbels. Paint all exposed wood and trim features. To provide a complete restoration, the Bell needs to be removed from the tower and shipped to Cincinnati to be restored and the stained glass windows need repairs and new clear window coverings to allow their beauty to show through the now yellowed and opaque coverings. Once the Bell is restored and craned back into the tower it and the new, restored windows will again draw people to the beauty of the building and the reassuring sound of the Bell as it is rung on Sundays and special celebrations or commemorations in the City.
  1. Applicant:  Douglas County Historical Society for Guardians of Grover Barn
Project Title:  Interpretive Kiosk Project: Grover Barn Heritage Site
Amount Requested: $ 7,300.00
Recommended Award: $7,300.00

Project Description:

In partnership with the City of Lawrence and the Guardians of Grover Barn, a citizens group dedicated to building awareness of the history of this important territorial period structure and FFNHA Partner, the Douglas County Historical Society seeks grant funding to support the development, fabrication, and installation of ADA accessible interpretive kiosks at the Grover Barn site located at 2819 Stone Barn Terrace in Lawrence. The stone barn was built by abolitionists Joel and Emily Grover in 1858. In addition to its important presence as one of the few territorial period agricultural structures still standing in Lawrence, the barn was a station on the Underground Railroad through which John Brown conducted a group of freedom seekers on their way to Canada in the winter of 1859. This extraordinary well-documented story of national importance has qualified the barn for inclusion on the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and the Kansas African American History Trail. There is nothing on site, however, to identify the structure, which was adapted for use as a fire station in 1980, or reveal the barn’s rich and varied history and national significance to the public. This project would address that need, increasing public awareness of the site and providing access to its heritage stories.
  1. Applicant:  Haskell Foundation
Project Title:  Haskell Stadium Archway Rehabilitation
Amount Requested: $69,789.00
Recommended Award: $10,000.00
Haskell Foundation: Grant funds to be used for a preservation plan that includes a condition assessment with close access, material sampling, and analysis testing.

Project Description:
The Haskell Stadium Archway was built in 1926 as a World War I Memorial in conjunction with, and as an entry and "ticket booth' to, the Haskell Stadium which was also build in 1926. In 2001, on the 75th anniversary of the Archway, it was re-dedicated in honor of the 415 Haskell Warriors" that served in World War I, and in memory of those Warriors that made the supreme sacrifice for their country. Due to a lack of funding, the maintenance and upkeep of the Archway has been neglected over the years. The scope of this project is that of rehabilitation of the Archway, inclusive of the following upgrades: re-roofing of the low slope of the roof; the repair of plaster spalling of exterior surfaces, as needed; application of waterproof coating to horizontal surfaces; installation of new ticket windows to the original size of the windows (approximately 4' by 8'); replacing the two (2) non-historic doors to

the ticket booth with new security doors and hardware; installation of new exterior lighting (yard spotlights illuminating the exterior of the Arch); replacement of interior lighting within the ticket booths; installation of emergency lighting fixtures; replacing existing electrical panel; re-routing electrical service wiring to enter Arch at interior; and installation of new general purpose electrical receptacles.
  1. Applicant:  KU Center for Sustainability/KU Endowment Association
Project Title:  Prairie Acre Restoration
Amount Requested: $ 16,500.00
Recommended Award: This project was not recommended for funding
Project Description:
In 2015, the KU Center for Sustainability, in cooperation with other campus partners, launched a multiyear Prairie Acre Restoration Project to restore a native prairie site in the heart of the KU campus. The proposal enclosed builds on the success of previous years and will ensure continued progress in the restoration and enhancement of the site, focusing on three key components: First, we plan to create a dry stacked stone wall using limestone that currently forms an enclosure around a portion of the original site. While the existing wall is not historic, it provides the natural resources to demonstrate historic methods of constructing walls similar to those found throughout Douglas County. A KU sculpture professor will incorporate construction techniques into the curriculum, contracting with a local stone mason to oversee the construction.
Second, we seek funding to hire a student coordinator to oversee ongoing restoration activities such as seed collection, germination, burning, planting, and volunteer coordination. Third, that coordinate will develop final plans for an expansion site to the south of the existing prairie. Combined, these efforts will produce new opportunities to work with campus and community partners, expand educational activities, and make the site more publicly accessible.
10.       Applicant:  Winter School Preservation, Inc. (& Lecompton Historical Society)
Project Title:  The Winter School, No. 70
Amount Requested: $ 58,313.69
Recommended Award: 35,120.00
GRANT AWARD CONDITION/S: Project will apply for the Register of Historic Kansas Places now, funds will go to the school building restoration, and project must comply with the Interior’s Standards with a letter from SHPO approving of the scope of work.
Project Description:
In partnership with the Lecompton Historical Society, we are actively planning to preserve and extend the educational legacy of the Winter School as a museum and cultural community center. Winter School Preservation, Inc. has raised money to preserve the building according to historic preservation standards. Eventually, the property will be gifted and endowed to The Lecompton Historical Society to provide stewardship.
History can be found in buildings, but it can also be found in ethos. The Winter School served as a beacon for teaching and learning as well as community gathering space for the region’s rural pioneers. With help from the Douglas County Natural & Cultural Grant Program we hope to provide modern additions that will allow the building to function once again as a vital public space. At the Winter School we want to use our heritage to better understand the origins and evolutions of the education system; the schoolhouse will serve as a memorial to early pioneers and educators while exploring the tradition of generational growth through education. Community is an integral part of the Winter School project, without public access the building would be preserved but remain static and divorced from its original intent and historical significance.
2019 HCC Grant Applicants
Baldwin City – Baldwin City’s Pioneer Cemetery & Prairie Heritage Preservation
Clinton Lake Historical Society – Digitization of the Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum Phase II
Douglas County Conservation District – Douglas County Water Festival for Fifth Grade Students
Douglas County Extension Council – Planting Natives Education Project
Eudora Area Historical Society – Improvements at the Eudora Community Museum
First United Methodist Church of Lawrence – Bell Tower Restoration – HCC grant funding will designated only for the bell portion of the project.
Douglas County Historical Society for Guardians of Grover Barn (Underground Railroad Site)
Haskell Foundation – Haskell Stadium Archway Rehabilitation
KU Center for Sustainability, KU Endowment Association – Prairie Acre Restoration
Winter School Preservation, Inc. – Lecompton Historical Society – The Winter School, No. 70
2018 Grant Awards & Project Descriptions
1. Applicant: Baker University  
   Project Title: Palmyra Post Office Restoration        
  Award amount:                     $64,710.00         
 Project Description: This urgent project will restore the Palmyra Post Office (listed on the Register of Historic Kansas Places) to a condition that permits accessibility to the public and will save the building. Grant funds will help provide a new foundation, roof, shingles, and windows. As one of only a few remaining Santa Fe Trail-era buildings in this area, the Post Office has historic and cultural value. Preserving it would benefit Douglas County by saving a building that is part of the county’s settlement history. The histories of the Santa Fe Trail and of Territorial Kansas are intertwined. This building is one of only a few, if any, actual physical pieces remaining from those histories. It was located in a town that was a stop on the Santa Fe Trail, and in a Territorial Kansas town that was home to many abolitionist settlers. The building connects these stories of Kansas’ past with the present. The building is located near the Old Castle Museum in Baldwin City on the Baker University campus.   
2. Applicant: Clinton Lake Historical Society
Project Title: The Digitization of the Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum 1970s
Oral History and Slide Collection
Award amount: $5,000.00
 Project Description:  The Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum was established to preserve and maintain the histories of the ten communities affected by the construction of Clinton Lake in the 1970s.  The Museum’s founder and former Director, Martha Parker, conducted taped interviews of people in those communities.  She also saved radio broadcasts and recorded county commission meetings whenever the Clinton Lake project was discussed.  There are approximately 75 cassette tapes containing oral histories, public meetings and broadcasts.  There are an additional 30 cassette tapes with oral re-enactments of historical events in those ten communities:
Bloomington, Clinton, Kanwaka, Lone Star, New Belvoir, Old Belvoir, Richland, Sigel, Stull, and Twin Mound.   There are slide negatives to go along with many of the cassettes that provide corroborating documentation as to the information and people contained in the cassettes. There is an urgent need to get this information digitized as the tapes are now becoming fragile. First, Mrs. Parker is a reliable historian, at this time, and can recount information and circumstances contained in these tapes. However, she is almost 90 years old. Second, the tapes were made in the 1970s and are at an age to be at risk of deteriorating.  There is concern that all of that important history will be lost if it is not transferred to a digital medium as soon as possible. This is why we are looking to hire a company to handle the digitization, since they would have the skills to handle time consuming and detailed task.   
  1. Applicant: Douglas County Historical Society
Project Title: Exhibit – Douglas County’s Agricultural Heritage
Award amount: $17,950.00
Project Description: Douglas County Town and Country,” the second section of the Watkins Museum’s third floor core exhibit scheduled for installation, will examine the lifeways of the people of Douglas County from the 1880s through the 1950s.  Drawing extensively on the Douglas County Historical Society’s collection of tools, agricultural equipment, and consumer goods, and utilizing historic photos from across Douglas County, the exhibit will give visitors a look at what life was like for past generations and invite comparisons between how we live now, and what our community is like, with how things were “back then.”  The exhibit comprises three sections:  the first introduces Lawrence and Douglas County in the last decades of the 19th century and the growth of the community following the Civil War; the second explores life in Lawrence, long-time downtown businesses, and how lifestyles changed through economic expansion and technological innovation; the third section examines the role of agriculture in the growth of Douglas County, long-standing family farms, and the importance of agricultural associations and fairs.  Two major interactive elements will explore growth and change along Massachusetts Street and give visitors an opportunity to experience the lives of Douglas County residents through the things they used every day.  
 4. Applicant: Eudora Area Historical Society
Project Title: Improvements to the Eudora Community Museum
Award amount: $27,000.00
Project Description: The Eudora Community Museum has three (3) projects that require immediate attention and action. (Project #1): The largest project that we need to complete soon is to construct a new concrete deck, ramp, and sidewalks at the rear of our property. Currently, the ADA-door on our second story that serves as an outside exit is three feet above the ground. The door has no deck and flimsy temporary stairs. A deck, ramp, and sidewalks would improve the accessibility of the second story. (Project #2): The exterior of rear addition needs to be painted soon, the siding is starting to separate. Caulking and painting would stop the separation and improve the aesthetics. The front of the building requires painting as well; it has been ten years since it was last painted. The paint on the front is starting to peel and fade. (Project #3): Finally, the cement floor on the first story interior requires a better surface. Currently, the first floor has stained cement. We add sealant to the floor often to improve the look. But the sealant wears fast. And every time we seal the floor we have to move artifacts. We would like to install a vinyl floor (that resembles wood) in order to limit the movement of the fragile artifacts, to improve the aesthetics, and restore the look of the first story to its original look (the first story originally had a wood floor).  
  1. Applicant: Friends of the Kaw
Project Title: Protecting the Watershed of Douglas County through History, Education, and Action
Award amount: $77,635
 Project Description: Our project is called “Protecting the Watershed of Douglas County through History, Education and Action”. In order to understand where we are headed, we must first learn about how to restore the beauty and functionality of the watershed. Despite many successes in restoring the Kaw, the most neglected piece of the Kansas River’s ecosystem is the connection between the riparian buffer and the water quality of the river. The riparian buffer is the last line of defense to filter out pollutants. For this project, we plan to do an invasive tree removal and native planting, using history as a guide and educating for the future. The second piece of our connection of residents to the watershed involves hosting community educational paddle trips for residents. These events will include cleaning up trash on the sandbars along the way as well as providing a sandbar lecture about the history of the river in Douglas County. The third piece of our watershed connection is bringing our Kids About Water (KAW) Classes to the county. The KAW Project is a five-lesson water quality issues and actions curriculum that targets students in grades 6-12. Each lesson is aligned with the Kansas Next Generation Science Standards. 
6. Applicant: Lawrence CFA/Sunrise Project
Project Title: Untold Stories: Douglas County Social Movements from 1968-2018
Award amount: $5,000.00
Project Description:
Working with the Sunrise Project (Lawrence Community Food Alliance) as a fiscal sponsor, the
People’s Intercultural Project will research and produce the exhibition, Untold Stories: Douglas County Social Movements from 1968-2018. This will include material never exhibited before from the collections of the Kansas Key Press, C.J. Brune Radical Library and Solidarity Revolutionary Center among others. The exhibition will take place in February 2019 at the Murphy Bromelsick House in Hobbs Park, a significant Lawrence progressive landmark of its own.
Special events associated with the exhibition include lectures by one of the original February Sisters and another by an original member of the Solidarity Center, and a hands-on protest poster-making workshop. The exhibition and all related events will be free and open to the public.
2017 HCC Natural & Cultural Grant Awards
Recipient:                  Lecompton Historical Society
Project Title:             Partial Funding for New Roof for Lane University (Territorial Capital Museum)
Grant Award:           $26,760
Recipient:                  Haskell Indian Nations University Cultural Center and Museum
Project title:              Honoring a Community Legacy-The Story of the 1926 Haskell Stadium and   WWI Memorial Archway Dedication

Grant Award:           $73,194
Recipient:                  University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc.
Project Title:             Stone Arched Cellars & the Early Historic Settlement of Douglas County
Grant Award:           $55,589
Recipient:                  University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc.
Project Title:             Identifying Potential Project Areas for the Protection of Natural & Cultural Resources in Douglas County, Kansas
Grant Award:             $104,457
2016 HCC Natural & Cultural Grant Awards
Turnhalle Building - Phase II  
For the purpose of architectural and engineering fees to develop design development documents for the building.
Lecompton Historical Society
Heating and cooling system. Ultra violet window protection for collection preservation. 
The Delaware Tribe Agricultural Heritage Planning Project 
Funding in support of a nine month-long professional planning process that will result in a baseline analysis, master site plan, business plan, and identification of funding for project implementation. Funding for the project will ensure that both prime farmland soils and the Delaware cultural legacy are preserved for future generations.
Clinton Lake Historical Society - Wakarusa River Valley Museum         
Development of a full site plan at the museum property near Bloomington Park on Clinton Lake and a feasibility study for a possible meeting hall on site. 
Douglas County Historical Society- Watkins Museum of History
Funds in support of the development of a Civil Rights Interactive Kiosk.
Douglas County Conservation District - Education Project
Funds in support of the 2016 & 2017 Douglas County Water Festival - bus transportation for local students. 
Friends of the Kaw/Kansas River Project
Funds in support of this natural resource project involving cleanup, restoration of the river and education programs.
Eudora Historical Society
Funds in support of 720 Main Street Second Floor Access.
Total Funding Awarded
2015 Natural and Cultural Heritage Grant Program 
Grant Award
DCHS-Watkins  Museum
Douglas County Historical Society - 3rd floor
Freedoms Frontier Riverkings Museum
Freedoms Frontier National Heritage Area/River Kings
Santa Fe Trail Clearfield School Project
Santa Fe Trail Historical Society/Clearfield School Desks
St. John's La Yarda Exhibit
La Yarda- St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church- exhibit
City of Lecompton Building Repair
City of Lecompton - New Floor Project Community Bldg.
City of Lawrence - Oak Hill Receiving Vault
City of Lawrence/Oak Hill Cemetery Receiving Vault
Black Jack Battlefield Trust Pearson House
Black Jack Battlefield Trust/Interior Robert Hall Pearson House
2014 HCC Natural & Cultural Grant Awards: 
Target Grants:

Liberty Memorial Central Middle School - Restoration of an original architectural drawing of the building - $1,250
Douglas County Historical Society - Permanent exhibit - Stair Hall - $10,000
Slice of Agriculture Committee - Slice of Life Program - $1,000
Douglas County Conservation District & Delaware Tribe of Indians - Facilitated Conversation regarding possible collaboration on Delaware Tribe of Indians' agricultural land - $8,100
Kansas Historical Foundation - Constitution Hall Window Restoration - $21,500
LeCompton Historical Society - Updating Artifact/Collection Records - $10,000
Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area - Kansas Riverkings: Life on the Kaw Museum Exhibit - $8,000
African American Quilt Museum & Textile Academy - Turkey Red: Interpreting the Life of Douglas County Contraband - $25,000
Monard Watch - Monard Watch Educational Signage - $2,650
Friends of the Kaw - Restoration of the Kaw River between Lawrence and Eudora - $10,000
Major Grant:
University of Kansas Center for Research - A Systematic Inventory for Natural Areas and Habitat in Douglas County - $147,500
Grant Report Forms - Contact the HCC Program Coordinator for the correct Interim, Quarterly, or Final Report Forms at or 785-330-2878.


Natural, Cultural and Historic Surveys – An overview
An important initiative of the Heritage Conservation Council is to facilitate a comprehensive county-wide historic survey. Survey is the process of identifying and evaluating a community's historic architectural resources and survey information is necessary to plan for preservation. The survey and inventory will aid the Lawrence/Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Department in the identification of natural, cultural, and historic resources as outlined in the Preservation Plan element of Horizon 2020. The council is implementing a systematic multi-year survey plan. Historic preservation is essentially a local activity. Because of the number of properties aimed to be surveyed, the involvement of area residents is crucial. The project team leaders work actively to involve residents and property owners in determining which properties and natural resources should be surveyed and to solicit information from local historians and property owners.

January 2021 Douglas County to Hire Consultant-Reconnaissance & Intensive Surveys of Clinton Township

In an effort to enhance natural and cultural heritage initiatives within Douglas County, the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners approved the creation of the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council in 2011. One initiative of the Heritage Conservation Council is to facilitate a comprehensive countywide natural, cultural and historic survey. Because surveying the County in one year would be costly and highly resource intensive, the Council has implemented a systematic multi-year survey approach. Clinton Township is the final township to be surveyed in this process. The consultant firm will complete a Reconnaissance Survey and an Intensive Survey that includes the natural, cultural and historic resources of Clinton Township. Oversight for this project will come from the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council’s Survey Committee. Consultants may submit proposals until 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2021.

RFP Clinton Township Surveys Project


Public Meeting for Marion Township Recon Report – Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 11 a.m. Marion Springs Elementary School Building 316 E 900 Rd. Baldwin City vicinity (Douglas County, Kansas)
Listed in National Register 2018-09-14. Thematic Nomination:
Historic Public Schools of Kansas

Public Meeting - Saturday, April 27, 2019 - Historic Building Intensive Survey Meeting - Introduction of the Survey Team and Overview of the Willow Springs Township Intensive Survey Process
Time: 10:30 a.m.   Location: Baldwin City Public Library 
The public is invited to attend this meeting regarding the next steps in the survey process for Willow Springs Township. The meeting is hosted by the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council. Public comment and questions are welcome. Contact the HCC Program Coordinator for more information at 785-330-2878 or
Public Meeting - November 3, 2018 - Historic Building Survey Report for Marion Township (northern section) & Western Portion of Willow Spring Township
Time: 2:30 p.m.  Location: Lone Star Lake Community Building 
The public is invited to attend a meeting regarding the results of the initial survey of the western portion of Willow Springs Township and the northern portion of Marion Township including Lone Star Lake. The meeting is hosted by the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council. Stan Hernly, project consultant, will present the report. Public comment and questions are welcome.
Public Meeting - 2018 - Marion Township (northern section)/ Western Portion of Willow Spring Township 2018 Historic Building Survey - Public Meeting May 19, 2018 10 a.m.
The public is invited to attend a meeting regarding the historic building survey of the western portion of Willow Springs Township and the northern part of Marion Township. The meeting will be held on Saturday, May 19th at 10 a.m. at the Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum on Clinton Lake near Bloomington Beach. The survey consultants will be on hand to meet the public and answer questions. This survey is being conducted under the supervision of the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council whose purpose is to conserve the natural and cultural resources of Douglas County.

Report 2011 Historic Resources Survey of Eudora and Kanwaka Townships
For the first phase, the Council identified Eudora and Kanwaka Townships to be surveyed. The survey of Eudora and Kanwaka Townships is an opportunity to document the resources of two rural townships in Douglas County that are undergoing rapid development and change. The survey fieldwork was conducted during the spring and summer of 2012 by preservation historians, Dale Nimz and Susan Ford. Overall, the consultants surveyed approximately 168 properties in Eudora and Kanwaka Townships and inventoried more than 400 buildings, structures, and landscape features.

Report 2012 Historic Resources Survey of Kanwaka and Wakarusa Townships
For the second phase, the Council hired consultant Dale Nimz to complete the historic resources survey of Kanwaka Township and begin the survey of Wakarusa Township focusing on the eastern portion.Overall, approximately 118 properties in Kanwaka and Wakarusa Townships were surveyed and more than 389 buildings, structures, and landscape features were inventoried.

Douglas County Historic Survey Planning Documents

Historic Survey Plan & Survey Reports by Township
Link to Douglas County Townships Map

National Park Service - Link to Secretary's Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings-

Douglas County, Kansas Special Project Links: