The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners approved partial grant funding for a project at The Gardner Historic Museum. The museum will receive $20,000 to do work on the building’s foundation.
The Gardner Historic Museum is housed in a Folk Victorian house, built in 1893, at 204 W. Main St. in Gardner. Museum officials requested $32,300 for the foundation project, which will include replacing two exterior walls, installing a sump pump and repairing the cellar entrance to the basement of the home.
The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Register of Historic Kansas Places as well as a site on the Santa Fe, Oregon and California trails.
Commissioners also approved full grant funding for five other projects, including a $49,500 project to prime and paint the historic home at the Ensor Farm Site and Museum in Olathe; $50,000 from the Shawnee Indian Mission Foundation to renovate the west building at the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway; $20,800 to digitize roughly 80 bound volumes of The Squire newspapers from 1961 to 1999 at the Johnson County Museum; $8,561 to train volunteer interpreters for living history presentations at the Shawnee Town Museum – scheduled to open in 2011; and $4,300 for research, making and placement of three historic markers in the city of De Soto.
The projects will be funded by the Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund. The fund was created in 1991 to help preserve the heritage and history of the county. Its revenue is derived in part from the county’s mortgage registration fee.