October 23, 2014

Gardner museum receives $3,000 Heritage grant for walking history

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
The Gardner Historical Museum was one of a handful of historical organizations in Johnson County to receive a slice of the Johnson County Heritage Trust fund pie for 2012, Johnson County Commissioners were told Aug. 16.
Eleven museums and historical societies were selected by a committee to  receive varying portions of $198,445 grant monies generated by mortgage registration fees.
The Gardner museum will receive partial funding of $3,000 for a “Walk and Talk with the Public” program.
Laura McCarthy, museum board member, said the “Walk and Talk” program is an update of a walking tour brochure the museum put together several years ago.
The museum also plans to purchase software that is compatible with TradeNet, the company that  will print the program.
McCarthy said the new brochure will offer a comparison of historical sites as they were in the past and as they are now.
She said if enough funds remain, the museum hopes to purchase permanent signage for the museum and possibly also for the neighboring Bray House, which is also owned by the museum.
Other communities that received Heritage funds include Shawnee, Olathe, Lenexa, Fairway and Leawood.

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