Kansas State Historical Society, Inc.
6425 SW 6th Avenue
Topeka KS 66615-1099
Ready for the Oregon-California Trail
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (785) 272-8681 201
Fax 785- 272-8682
Mission Statement
To support and promote Kansas history through the Kansas Historical Society.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Vicky Henley
Board Chair Mrs. Donita Barone
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1875
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Make a tax deductible donation via check to the Kansas Historical Foundation and send it to 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66615, Attention: Vicky Henley or online at http://www.kshs.org/p/contribute/15849 You may donate to a division, to a favorite fund or to the unrestricted history fund. Consider creating your own named endowed fund for an area of need by contacting Vicky Henley at vhenley@kshistory.org or 785-272-8681 extension 201. Some donors give to their favorite fund each year such as: Acquisitions; Educational programming; Kansas Archeology Training Program; Kansas Memory; and/or Museum exhibits. Or to a division general support fund: Cultural Resources; Education; Museum & Historic Sites; State Archives; General Fund. Volunteers are welcome at the museum and every historical site.  Visit for information.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement To support and promote Kansas history through the Kansas Historical Society.
Background Statement Founded in 1875, the Kansas Historical Society is recognized by the Legislature as "the trustee of the state" and charged with maintaining the state's history. Today, we tell the story of Kansas through an array of educational programs, thematic exhibits and outreach activities. Vital artifacts, photographs and documents are preserved through the museum and archives functions.  We continue to add to one of the nation's most comprehensive statewide newspaper collections.  In 1984 a new facility was constructed on an 80-acre site in west Topeka to house the Kansas Museum of History. Today, the museum is the anchor for a complex that includes the historic Stach School, the Potawatomi Mission, and the State Archives & Library facility, which was added in 1995 to hold our vast archival, library, manuscript, and archeological collections. We also administer 16 historic sites throughout the state. For most of our history, we have operated as a public/private collaboration. To clarify the delineation between the public and private aspects, the Legislature formally designated the public side as the Kansas  State Historical Society and the private side as the Kansas State Historical Society, Inc.(doing business as the Kansas Historical Foundation), a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization.
Impact Statement

The Kansas Historical Foundation (KHF) is an IRS determined 501(c)(3) non-profit and serves as the fund raising, fund management, membership, and retail organization for the Kansas Historical Society. KFH supports vital education programs and collection and preservation activities undertaken by the Kansas Historical Society.

 2016 Accomplishments:

  • Produce exhibit "Whats Cooking Uncle Sam?: The Government's Effect on the American Diet" displayed Jan. - April 2016.
  • "Captured: The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes" June 2016.
  • Exhibit on the Civil War 150th anniversary.
  • Provide engaging, vital, educational content to Kansas school children and adults.
  • Procure private funding to create an immersive learning environment in the main museum gallery where artifacts and documents tell the story rather than merely providing illustration.
  • Open History Lab with first "History Mystery" lesson, teaching the tools of history research.
  • Create a high school lesson the Kansas and World War I in conjunction with the special Exhibit "Captured."
  • Increase the use of IKE the Interactive Kansas Educator robot to engage more classrooms state-wide in history lessons.
Needs Statement
  1. Redevelop the museum galleries into engaging learning environments which take advantage of current technology to tell the stories including the people and settling of Kansas; the trails through Kansas; the Civil War and Bleeding Kansas; the uniqueness of communities settled by various immigrant populations; the richness of political thought, policy and civil action; entrepreneurs in manufacturing, extraction industries railroads and agriculture; and struggles for equality.  Those stories tell the uniqueness of Kansas history and the impact on our nation and the world. 
  2. Increase reach of history education for Kansas school children both by providing more engaging lessons at the Museum and by use of technology to that the museum to their classroom where travel to the museum is problematic. 
  3. Increase funding and endowments for operations and maintenance at the state historic sites including the Grinter House in Wyandotte County and the Shawnee Indian Mission in Johnson County.
Service Categories
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Areas of Service
KS - Atchison County
KS - Franklin County
KS - Fort Bend
KS - Johnson County
KS - Lawrence
KS - Leavenworth County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement The Kansas Historical Society (KSHS), founded in 1875, is one of the most honored in the nation for its innovative projects, including its podcasts, Kansas Memory online archive, Read Kansas cards, and The Kansas Journey textbook authored by agency's executive director Jennie Chinn and used to teach Kansas history in the schools.  Through the Kansas Historical Foundation private funding from individuals and foundations is sought to continue and enhance the mission to preserve historic documents, artifacts, and buildings and to educate the public on Kansas’ proud history.  Kansas Historical Foundation  accepts funds either unrestricted or restricted to particular uses.
Description Teaching tools, similar to the new 4th grade workbook, that meet state curricular standards are needed by K-12 educators.  Games addressing curricular standards utilizing primary source materials will be developed for distribution to Kansas teachers and schools.
Program Budget $8,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Curriculum Development
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Short-Term Success Development of educational games that meet the state curricular standards will provide K-12 educators with teaching tools.
Long-Term Success Use of educational programs that meet the state curricular standards will improve K-12 children's test scores in reading and history.
Program Success Monitored By
Annual teacher surveys will be performed to evaluate the following:
  1. The number continuing to use the games
  2. The effectiveness and improvements needed for existing games
  3. Input on additional games and other teaching tools
Examples of Program Success
Improved reading and history test scores by Kansas students on standardized national tests.
Description The Mission was a manual training, academic, domestic arts and agriculture school attended by Shawnee, Delaware and other Indian nations  and served as the first Territorial Capitol of Kansas.  It was a supply point on the Santa Fe and Oregon California Trails.  During the Civil War the missions was a camp for Union soldiers. It is key to the heritage of Johnson County.  Operating and endowment funding is needed to operate and provide educational programming.
Program Budget $10,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Educational Research
Population Served Adults, K-12 (5-19 years)
Short-Term Success Researchers will be provided online access to names of soldiers who served in the Civil War.
Long-Term Success
Access to the muster rolls will provide both adult and child  researchers with information on Kansans who served in the Civil War and lead to further research on those individuals.
Program Success Monitored By The number of rolls made available and the number of researchers using them will be tracked in order to evaluate the project success.
Examples of Program Success This program will directly address the the increased national and state-wide interest in the Civil War due to its 150th anniversary being celebrated.
Description Troops traveling between Forts Leavenworth and Scott sometimes crossed the Kansas River on a ferry operated by Moses Grinter. A native of Kentucky, Grinter married Annie Marshall, a Lenape (Delaware) Indian whose people had been relocated to the Fort Leavenworth Indian Agency in the early 1830s. From 1855 to 1860 Moses Grinter operated a trading post, a business that sold about one hundred sixty types of goods (clothing, powder and bullets, perfume, sugar, and scissors, among other things) to the Delawares in exchange for cash and furs. The Grinters also farmed, raised poultry and livestock, and planted an apple orchard on their farmstead. During the Civil War one of their sons served in the Fifteenth Kansas Calvary. Funding and endowment is needed for operations and educational programming.  
Program Budget $10,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults, K-12 (5-19 years)
Short-Term Success Researchers will be provided online access to information from the state Department of Agriculture. 
Long-Term Success Access to the Department of Agriculture records will provide both adult and child researchers with information and understanding on Kansas, its economy, and its impact on the nation due to the development of agriculture and an agricultural economy in the state.    
Program Success Monitored By The number of researchers using the online records will be tracked in order to evaluate the project success.
Examples of Program Success This program will provide the researchers with an understanding of the Kansas economy and politics.
Description Interactive Kansas Educator is a computer robot in the museum that can be directed by children and their teacher from their classroom to engage in a history lesson about a topic designed by their classroom teacher. The classroom teacher is paired with a museum professional educator who will help with the lesson. Two-way video and audio allows the students in the classroom to navigate IKE to explore the museum and dig deeper into a subject of their choice. IKE is in the developmental state after a successful launch and the goal is to expand the capability within the museum to allow more remote access to learning opportunities. 
Category Education, General/Other Partnerships in Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Short-Term Success In the short term, every classroom where Kansas History is taught according to the Kansas curriculum standard will have access to high quality lessons targeted to their specific need no matter where they live and regardless of their ability to travel to the state museum.  Technology like IKE can fill that need.
Long-Term Success Kansas history teaches value of active and informed citizenship through engaging stories of progress, adversity, hard work, entrepreneurism, fairness, equality, ingenuity, vision, strife, war and prosperity.  It is a complex and enlightening look at how history explains models - both successful and unsuccessful - which can be applied to problems of the future.  The long-term goal is a vibrant democracy of active and informed citizens.  
Program Success Monitored By Students in schools that benefit from assistance from the Kansas Historical Society in teaching Kansas History will meet the Kansas educational standard for Kansas History.
Examples of Program Success Approximately 25,000 Kansas school children visit the Kansas Museum of History usually in the 4th grade while on field trips.  Kansas History is a curriculum requirement for 4th and 7th grade.  By 7th grade there tends to be less emphasis on field trips and more emphasis on research, investigation, and interpretation of historical facts.  IKE and technology helps focus students, particularly those who are older, on more narrow topics where in-depth investigation is helpful and a field trip is not possible.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Vicky Henley
Term Start Apr 2006
Experience Vicky Henley serves as executive director for KHF, the private, not-for-profit foundation. Henley leads the 18 member Executive Committee, the 58 member board of directors, and 2,600-member organization. Henley joined KHF in 2006 after serving as associate director of gift planning at the Kansas University Endowment Association, where she cultivated and solicited major and planned gifts. She previously served the Association as development director for the graduate school and international programs. From 1987-2000, Henley was director of the Kansas Film Commission, where she promoted and facilitated film production in Kansas. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Kansas. A fourth generation Kansan, Henley has traveled the state extensively in her previous positions and has excitedly connected with Kansans from all the state in this position.  Henley is building the financial infrastructure for KHF by working closely with the members of the board of directors who are spread around the state. "I have a deep and abiding love of Kansas, its people, and rich history. I am thrilled to be here at the Historical Society. It feels like I've come home." KHF helps support the many programs of the Kansas State Historical Society, the state agency. Its membership includes individuals, organizations, institutions, and corporations who support Kansas history.  KHF also operates the Museum Stores located at the Kansas Museum of History, the Kansas State Capitol, and 16 State Historic Sites. Henley works closely with Jennie Chinn, the executive director of the state agency and her management team.
Former CEOs
Wanda ArochoFeb 2003 - Nov 2005
Dr. Ken MetzgerAug 2000 - Aug 2002
Senior Staff
Title Accountant
Paid Full-Time Staff 5
Paid Contractors 4
Volunteers 3
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
American Association of Museums - Member2009
MUSE Award for Kansas Museum of History's Cool Things podcastsAmerican Association of Museums2008
Civil War Discovery Trail Site of the Year for Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic SiteThe Civil War Preservation Trust2008
Spur Award for "Kansas History" magazineWestern Writers of America2008
Second-Place Award for "Kansas Preservation" magazineNational Federation of Press Women2007
Outstanding EducatorOregon-California Trail Association2009
Kansas Best--Top MuseumTopeka Capital Journal Newspaper2011
Best of Topeka--#4 AttractionTopeka Capital Journal Newspaper2011
Excellence in Public Education AwardSociety for American Archeology2015
Leadership in History Awards ProgramThe American Association for State and Local History (AASLH2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Donita Barone
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Email dbarone@att.net
Board Members
Mr. Jack AlexanderCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Carol BalesCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Donita BaroneCommunity Volunteer
Hon. Paul BuchananDistrict Judge
Mrs. Michelle Cuevas StubblefieldDowntown Topeka, Inc.
Mr. Dean FerrellRetired
Ms. Vicky HenleyCEO, Kansas Historical Foundation
Mrs. Nancy HoltCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Lidia Hook-GrayRealtor
Mr. William KassebaumLandon Farms, Inc.
Rep. Annie KuetherCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Karen LinnCPA
Ms Rita NollAttorney
Mr. Hal RossAttorney
Mr. F. Dave SeatonChairman, Winfield Publishing Company
Mr. Paul StueweLawrence Public Schools
Hon. Richard WalkerRetired
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 86%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Human Resources / Personnel
Board Development / Board Orientation
Advisory Board Members
Honorable Paul BuchananJudge
Don ChubbRealtor
Senator Bob DoleFormer U.S. Senator
J. Eric EngstromAttorney
Dean FerrellRetired Contractor
Senator Shelia FrahmFormer U.S. Senator
Honorable Daniel GlickmanThe Aspen Institute
Senator Nancy KassebaumFormer U.S. Senator
Jim MaagRetired
John MallonDeveloper
Dr. W. Walt MenningerRetired
CEO Comments
KHF, a private non-profit 501(c)(3), is governed by an Executive Committee, consisting of eighteen voting members and two ex officio non-voting members.  Three of the Executive Committee are appointed by the Governor of Kansas. The Executive Committee is authorized to exercise the powers of the Board of Directors in carrying out policies and managing the affairs of KHF.  The sixty-six members of the Board of Directors are elected by the KHF membership and represent all regions and diversity of the state.  
The biggest challenges facing KHF are: 
  1. Maintaining and increasing outreach to school children visiting the museum.
  2. Raising private funds to supplement the activities of the Kansas Historical Society.
  3. Increasing membership in KHF to provide additional support.  
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Endowment Value $4,170,658
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$3,257$18,196$69,693
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$407,231$256,291($124,621)
Membership Dues$64,315$68,184$63,080
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$97,084$101,537$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$505,157$468,592$715,658
Administration Expense$222,933$255,268$140,629
Fundraising Expense$188,440$192,488$223,444
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.241.141.71
Program Expense/Total Expenses55%51%66%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$5,567,519$5,423,234$5,033,204
Current Assets$66,270$86,717$48,401
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$6,847$9,325$12,517
Total Net Assets$5,560,672$5,413,909$5,020,687
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities9.689.303.87
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Anonymous $1,000,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Anonymous $122,749
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Anonymous $65,723
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Comments The Kansas State Historical Society was founded in 1875, and since that time has been devoted to the state's history. From a corner in the state auditor's office and one staff, the organization has grown to the Kansas History Center on 80 acres at the west edge of Topeka. It also includes 16 historic sites across Kansas, including Shawnee Indian Mission and Grinter Place in the Greater Kansas City area.  KHF continues to broaden the diversity of its revenue streams, increase income, and maintain strong financials. The financial oversight by our Finance committee and annual audits by an independent organization confirm the accountability of KHF.
Other Documents
Organization Name Kansas State Historical Society, Inc.
Address 6425 SW 6th Avenue
Topeka, KS 666151099
Primary Phone (785) 272-8681201
Contact Email vhenley@kshistory.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Vicky Henley
Board Chair Mrs. Donita Barone
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1875