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Historic Preservation Corp.

 

Over_view_of_Maple_Camp.jpgHistoric Preservation Corporation was  formed in 1994 to save the 1861 Rawlinson/Terwilliger Home  and the Maple Camp (Tourist Camp) complex from destruction.  Our purpose  is to do what we can to preserve, promote, tell  and teach history, and to encourage appreciation for history.   We also hope to advance the public's knowledge of Arts and Culture by combining  the three subjects in our Arts and History Center as it develops. We have started work on this center but are currently seeking funds to complete it.  We have other on-going projects here at Maple Camp. Historic Preservation Corp. is an IRC section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit corporation.  All contributions are tax deductible. Donations can be sent to Historic Preservation Corporation at 803 West Main Street, Council Grove, KS 66846, or for a phone credit card donation you can call us at 620-767-7986.    

PRIVACY POLICY:

Historic Preservation Corporation may collect names, addresses and phone numbers for the purpose of possible future communication regarding events, updates, current needs, progress reports, and projects.

If anyone wishes to contact Historic Preservation Corporation regarding their personal information or to request changes or corrections, please call 620-767-7986, or write to Historic Preservation Corporation at 803 West Main Street, Council Grove, KS 66846

To keep personal information secure, Historic Preservation Corporation only retains hard copies that are filed away from public access.

Historic Preservation Corporation does not share donor names, addresses or phone numbers, with others.

To see the Historic Preservation Corporation's IRS form 990. go to Guidestar.org and type in,  Historic Preservation Corporation, Council Grove, KS,  and follow the instructions on the Guidestar site.

BOARD MEMBERS:

President--Shirley Spittles, Manager at White Memorial Camp, Council Grove, KS, and for 25 years worked as Director of Field Services for North Central Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging.

Vice President--Ken McClintock, B.S. Business Administration, Kansas State University: Juris Doctor, University of Kansas

Secretary and Manager--Shirley McClintock, B.S. Nebraska Christian College: M.S. Elementary Education/Reading Specialist, Fort Hays State University

Treasurer--Kathy Lamberson, BSME Kansas State University,Manhattan, KS, Vocal and Band Teacher at Prairie Heights Middle & Elementary Schools          

Other Board Members are:

Harry Byram, Full time EMT for Morris County Hospital

Sandra Hartman, Book Keeper for Hartman Construction, Council Grove, KS

Slawomir Dobrzanski, D.M.A., N.C.T.M., Chair of Keyboard Studies, Associate Professor of Music(piano) at the School of Music,Theater and Dance,  at Kansas State University



MISSION STATEMENT:

The purposes of Historic Preservation Corporation are:

     The purposes and functions of this corporation shall be solely and exclusively to promote the general welfare of the citizens of the State of Kansas and visitors to the State of Kansas, by identifying and preserving, or assisting in identifying and preserving, historic culture, sites, structures, and artifacts; by providing services in the interpretation of Kansas and world history and the education of the general public as to Kansas and world history through the conduct of public discussion groups, seminars, lectures, pageants, or other similar programs; by providing public displays of historic information or public museums; and by providing public displays of historic information or public museums; and by providing historical research and historic preservation information to persons or organizations, for the purpose of identifying and maintaining historic culture, sites, structures, and artifacts; and by disseminating information concerning the history of the State of Kansas and the world; and by encouraging, promoting, exhibiting, and providing education regarding, all categories of  art, including visual, performing, dramatic, musical, literary, and other art forms.

PROGRAM SERVICES:

Historic Preservation Corporation operates a museum complex of eight buildings located along the Santa Fe Trail. The 1861 Rawlinson-Terwilliger Home, still stands, as when the trail was active, and houses the Trail Days Cafe & Museum.  There, on display, are artifacts, photographs, an Indian Pictograph and other historic materials.  Amidst artifacts and displays, food is an important experience of the over 3,000 yearly visitors to the museum.  Much historic research went into creating the menu, which includes information of Indian and ethnic groups who settled in the area.  The food is created in such a way, that it provides an historic experience, as close as possible to tasting foods from the past. The volunteer staff interacts with visitors, educating them about history.

On the property are two 1930 tourist cabins, forerunners of motels, and a 1943 cabin, the survivor of four built on the grounds during World War II, to house Herington Army Air Field personnel.  A replica historic chicken house and pen, is stocked, Spring to Fall, with laying hens.  The restored 1902 Field School house is visited by children and adults who learn about Country School.  Education programs are presented here for Valentines, Veterans' Day and other events. A barn was constructed around the 1858 Atkinson Log House--the oldest wooden structure in Morris County.  The 1947 Bakers Food Market is being converted into "Maple Camp Arts & History Center," a multi purpose auditorium, to be used for Cultural, Historic and Artistic educational presentations showcasing the "Heart of the Flint Hills" area.

             2015 PROGRAM SERVICES

IN 2015, FOR PROGRAM SERVICES, HISTORIC PRESERVATION CORPORATION  PROVIDED  A "LIVING HISTORY"  EXPERIENCE  FOR THE PUBLIC,  BY SERVING ABOUT 3000 PEOPLE  CULTURALLY HISTORIC FOODS IN THE MUSEUM.  HISTORIC AND CULTURAL INFORMATION WAS PRESENTED  IN AN INFORMAL SETTING  ABOUT THE FOODS , ARTIFACTS, BUILDINGS, PEOPLE, EVENTS AND OTHER HISTORIC OR CULTURAL TOPICS, BY WAY OF WRITTEN MATERIALS, STORY TELLING, DISCUSSIONS,  AND OTHER INTERACTIONS.  SOME OF THE TOPICS INCLUDED AMERICAN INDIANS, SANTA FE TRAIL, CIVIL WAR, WWI, WWII,KOREAN WAR, REVOLUTIONARY WAR, AND MANY  OTHER HISTORICAL OR CULTURAL TOPICS.   ABOUT 2/3 OF THE 3000 TOOK TIME TO EXPLORE THE BUILDINGS, ARTIFACTS OUR  SMALL LIBRARY AND OTHER READING MATERIALS.   SOME OF THE PUBLIC'S RESPONSES CAN BE SEEN ON  TRIP ADVISER OR YELP . 


The first meeting of Historic Preservation Corporation for 2016 was held on January 31st.  Below are the Goals and Objectives for 2016.



A special meeting was held of the Board of Directors of Historic Preservation Corporation on March 6, 2016 where  an amendment to the Articles of Incorporation pertaining to the purposes of the Corporation were unanimously approved to  read as stated above in the Mission Statement.  This amendment has been filed with the Kansas Secretary of State.

 A meeting  of the Board of Directors of Historic Preservation Corporation was held June 5, 2016, where the Annual Report and the 2015 IRS Form 990 for Historic Preservation Corporation was presented and approved by the board.

The Annual meeting of the members of Historic Preservation Corporation was held October 16, 2016 where Jan Dungan and Shirley McClintock were elected to new, three-year, terms of office by the Board of Directors of which there were six in attendance.  There were four guest present but they did not vote.

The Annual meeting of the board of directors of Historic Preservation was held October 16, 2016, with six Board Members present and four guests were present, where the current officers were re-elected by the Board of Directors.  The guest did not vote.

A special meeting of the Board of Directors was held by means of email and personal contact December 8-13, 2016 where all members of the Board of Directors participated and unanimously voted to accept the resignation of Harry Byram as President, and to elect Shirley Spittles as President to serve the remainder of the term. 

CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY

In the event that the Board of Directors is considering a business transaction in which a Board Member or a member of their family or a business associated is a potential provider of the goods or services being considered, the Board shall assure that any such business transaction is made on an "arms-length" basis which does not favor the Board Member, or a member of their family or a business associate.  To avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, such a Board Member shall abstain from any vote or decision pertaining to such business transaction.  Where feasible, efforts shall be made to secure bids or estimates from at least two other competitive sources for any business transactions in which a Board Member may appear to have a conflict of interest.