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Kansas Historical Foundation Receives $1M Grant For Museum Renovations

Kansas Tourism, flickr Creative Commons

A major renovation will take place at the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka, thanks to a grant given Monday to the state’s historical foundation--the largest in the organization’s history.

The Dane G. Hansen Foundation of Logan presented the check for $1 million dollars to the Kansas Historical Foundation. The grant will support the renovation of the museum’s entrance gallery.

The museum, operated by the Kansas Historical Society, opened more than 30 years ago to tell the story of Kansas and has never undergone a major renovation. Displays are being planned for the entrance gallery, which will incorporate current technology and encourage Kansans to experience the state’s history in a new way. The museum includes an 1880 Santa Fe locomotive as its centerpiece.

More than a million and a half people have visited the Kansas Museum of History since opening in 1984.


Carla Eckels is assistant news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

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Carla Eckels is Director of Organizational Culture at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.