Wornall/Majors House Museums
6115 Wornall Road
8201 Stateline Road
Kansas City MO 64113
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 444-1858
Mission Statement
The mission of The Wornall/Majors House Museums is to engage our community by bringing history to life through innovative, hands-on programs and experiences.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Kerrie L. Nichols
Board Chair Mr. Joe Vaughan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Joe Vaughan Associates
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2000
Former Names
John Wornall House Museum
Alexander Majors House Museum
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
The mission of The Wornall/Majors House Museums is to engage our community by bringing history to life through innovative, hands-on programs and experiences.
Background Statement

The Wornall/Majors House Museums manages two of Kansas City’s most significant and dynamic historic structures: the John Wornall House and Alexander Majors House.

The John Wornall House opened to the public in 1972 as Kansas City's first house museum. From 1964 until the year 2000, The John Wornall House was owned and operated by the Jackson County Historical Society. In the year 2000, The John Wornall House entered into a separation agreement with Jackson County.
 
The Alexander Majors House was saved from demolition by Majors' great granddaughter Louisa Johnston. The house was restored and opened to the public as a historic house in the early 1980's. Though much acclaimed for its historical significance to our community, The Alexander Majors House struggled for years to maintain financial viability. It was restored in 1985, and was all but closed by 2008. The death of its long-term caretaker and supporter, Terry Chapman, in 2010 left its future in question. The remaining stakeholders turned to The John Wornall House Museum to take possession of the house and to once again restore its value and vibrancy to the community. 
 
The two homes merged in 2011 to form one non-profit organization that preserves and protects these antebellum landmarks. Both houses are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today the houses serve as prominent institutions of learning and exploration of our cultural and historical heritage by providing critical educational and community opportunities.
Impact Statement
2016 Accomplishments:
  • Record-setting attendance for the House Museums’ largest biennial fundraising event, the Garden Tour. Over 950 attendees visited six lovely and inspirational local gardens in historic Kansas City neighborhoods. The tour was funded in part by The Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund.
  • Youth Development and Education - Record setting attendance for fieldtrips from area schools, community and school groups, and boy & girl scout groups. Additionally, an increase in programming for families and children, engaging kids in hands-on activities; helping them to develop an appreciation for local history and an understanding of the Civil War and Westward Expansion.
  • Exhibits and Adult Learning - Historically accurate interpretation on the Battle of Westport and Order Number 11 have been created to provide visitors a more in-depth and impactful experience as they tour the John Wornall House Museum. Interpretive materials were fully funded with an interpretive grant through the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area.
 
In 2017, the House Museums will:
  •  Complete funding and implement wood restoration for the Alexander Majors House.
  •  Begin fundraising for a capital campaign project to complete a landscape master plan for the John Wornall House.
  •  Explore the end of slavery on the Kansas-Missouri border through a special exhibit titled Hunting Freedom. Visitors to the House Museums will learn how the situation in the contested border state created opportunities for enslaved Missourians to seek freedom. Special Partners include: Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, UMKC Women’s Council and the UMKC Center for Midwestern Studies.
  •  Develop a planned giving program.
Needs Statement

Exterior Wood Restoration of the Alexander Majors House

  • The Majors House, built in 1856, is one of the few surviving antebellum houses in the Kansas City area and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the exterior of the home is in imminent deterioration. The staff and Board are committed to preserving this significant treasure and we are proud to announce that we are within 20% of our fundraising goal! We are currently asking for help to complete the funding goal. Restoration work will follow the Department of the Interior’s Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Structures and Associated Preservation Briefs and will begin as soon as funding is available. The overall cost is estimated at $76,325.00.

Funding for the implementation of a landscape master plan for the John Wornall House

  • Our organization will embark on a capital campaign in 2017 as the House Museums are well positioned to implement its first ever master plan. The plan expands the mission of the museums by utilizing its outdoor spaces, bringing history to life through interpretive displays, and creating new ways to engage the public. Implementation of the landscape master plan will create increased operating support for the House Museums. Phased plan cost estimates total $250,614.26.
Service Categories
Museums
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Since the merger of the Wornall and Majors Houses in 2011, the board and staff have worked to achieved and maintained a strong operating budget. As a small cultural arts organization, we put our assets to work to support our mission earning income through the rental of the barn on the grounds of the Alexander Majors House. Rental income continues to grow at a steady pace and anticipated revenues will equal 30% of our earned income by the end of 2017. While many historic house museums struggle to keep their doors open to the public, we recognize the fortunate capability we have as an organization to share this facility to support our historic treasures. In fact, we will launch two new revenue supporting programs in conjunction with the growing success of the barn this year alone. Individual and foundation support through memberships, donations, and programming also help to generate a balance of developed and earned revenue, avoiding overdependence on any one source. We continue to diversify our giving opportunities. For example, in 2017, our organization is excited to launch a formal planned giving program with our first gift from the trust of Dr. Bruce Prince Joseph, a dedicated volunteer and community supporter in Kansas City.

With all of our successes to maintain and grow a strong operating budget, the task of remaining relevant as a small cultural arts organization exists. Specifically, funding sources for historic preservation continues to be a challenge when funders simply have a host of extremely important causes and organizations to give to. That is why we remain vigilant in providing valued programming to our community that serves the needs of everyone.
 
 
 
 
 
Programs
Description
Teachers rely on the Wornall/Majors House Museums to provide engaging and flexible field trips that fit their specific needs, tie directly into their curriculum, and can meet Common Core standards. A visit to the Wornall House or Majors House is the perfect way for teachers to enhance lessons on Kansas City and regional history, the Civil War, the Border Wars, westward expansion, travel and freighting on the western trails, women's history, slavery, and more.
 
More than 2,000 children visit the Museums annually on school field trips. Trained, energetic volunteers bring history to life for children through Museum tours and hands-on activities, including butter making, blacksmithing demonstrations, candle dipping, open hearth cooking, and many other activities. Children learn to appreciate local history and develop a deeper understanding of both the American Civil War and life in America in the nineteenth century through interaction with costumed interpreters, Civil War reenactors, gifted storytellers, and volunteers passionate about youth education.
 
The Museums do not turn away schools on a budget. We can provide support for Title I and low income school districts to ensure all children have the chance to learn about local history. In addition, we partner with Freedom's Frontier National Heritage area on their "Bus on Us" program, which can pay for up to 75% of a school's transportation costs.
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Children will be able to learn about the past through direct comparisons to the present. For example, they may compare items in a frontier kitchen to items that they use in their own modern kitchen.  They will also learn about topics such as slavery, life on the frontier, early transportation history, the Civil War, and other topics. Tour guides ask questions of the students that help them to think critically, draw conclusions, and analyze art and/or objects. In many cases they will also learn a new skill, accomplish a physical task, such as creating a corn husk doll, or learn to work together as a group.
Long-Term Success Children visiting the John Wornall and Alexander Majors Houses will gain a better appreciation for local history, learn the importance of historic preservation, and learn lessons from the past to be applied to the future. The will grow to be adults with a knowledge of and appreciation for history.
Program Success Monitored By Teachers will receive a field trip survey following their visit to the Houses.
Examples of Program Success The Wornall/Majors House Museum serves over 1,000 children per year, and we see many schools return for field trips year after year. Teachers appreciate the unique experience we can offer their students.  One teacher said, "Everyone wants to go back next year. One parent even said it was better than going to see the Capitol in Jefferson City!”
Description
Camp Wornall/Majors teaches children what life was life 150 years ago through interactive activities and experiences. Attendees "travel through history" for the week, starting with the Native American communities that flourished in Missouri and Kansas and ending with the American Civil War. Children learn about life on the frontier, slavery, women's history, the Pony Express, the westward trails, and many other historic topics.
 
In 2016, the Museums also added thematic day camps to offer parents an alternative if they are unable to send their child to a full week of camp. Day camp themes include: Historic Toys & Games, Civil War Field Day, and Life on the Frontier.
 
Camp is for children who have completed kindergarten through age 12. Once children age out of the program, they can still attend the camp as a junior volunteer.
Program Budget $5,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Arts & Culture
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), K-12 (5-19 years), General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Children will gain an understanding and appreciation for local history. They will also continue to be involved with the Museums through volunteering, attendance at events, and historical reenactments.
Long-Term Success A solid knowledge of history will help individuals make decisions that will positively impact the future. Children at Summer Camp will develop an appreciate for local history and historic places, gain a deeper understanding of historic events, and be able to confront difficult topics, such as slavery.
Program Success Monitored By
All summer camp participants receive a satisfaction survey, and they are tested on their knowledge as the camp progresses.
Examples of Program Success
Survey responses are very positive, and campers report a number of favorite activities, including Civil War medicine, corn husk dolls, storytelling with "Granny", and making butter and hard tack. In addition, all of our current junior volunteers (approximately 10 students) first became involved with the Museums through attending summer camp.
Description
Guided tours are available at both Houses. The Majors House is open for tours April-December and the Wornall House is open year-round. Tours take visitors through the homes of these prominent early Kansas Citians, and serve as a backdrop for discussing issues still important today, including transportation, the expansion of the United States, the historical role of women, slavery, and the history of the Civil War and its legacy.
 
Private tours are also available and can be modified to fit the needs of professional groups, Girl & Boy Scout Troops, senior centers, special needs groups, and other community organizations.
 
The Museums also offer special tours of the houses in conjunction with holidays and other special events.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other History & Historical Programs
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Tour attendees will learn about life on the frontier, transportation and communication, the Civil War, Border Wars, slavery, women's history, and other mid-nineteenth century topics.
Long-Term Success Local tour participants will become more engaged in the history and preservation of their communities. Out-of-town participants will gain a deeper appreciation of our region and its history.
Program Success Monitored By Verbal satisfaction after the tour, rate of email list signups, those giving a monetary donation at the conclusion of a tour.
Examples of Program Success Verbal satisfaction with public tours is extremely high, with many tour attendees expressing happiness with tour content and knowledge of docents. Approximately 20% of tours end in a small monetary donation ($20 or less) to the House in addition to regular tour price.
Description
More than 5,000 adults participate annually in a variety of ever-changing activities, including reenactments and living history, Civil War-era gardening and cooking, readings and presentations, lectures, author events, holiday programs, and social gatherings. The Museums pride themselves on creating modern programming about history. We work with a wide variety of partners, including the Kansas City Public Library Westport Branch, KCPT, UMKC, and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, to create innovative and interesting events.
 
Programs consistently perform well. In 2016, the biennial Garden Tour and Ghost Tours set attendance records.
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Adults will learn more on a topic of local historical importance, network with like-minded Kansas Citians, and learn the importance of the Majors and Wornall Houses in the context of Kansas City.
Long-Term Success Attendees at Wornall/Majors programs will gain a deeper appreciation for local and national history, understand the importance of historic preservation, and get involved with local preservation projects, either through additional event attendance, monetary donations, or volunteerism.
Program Success Monitored By Surveys are provided to attendees after events.
Examples of Program Success Programs consistently perform well. In 2016, the biennial Garden Tour and Ghost Tours set attendance records with 90% of attendees rating themselves as "extremely or very satisfied" with the event. 
CEO Comments
By design, the Wornall/Majors House Museums are more than part of our city and country's past. With a mission to "bring history to life through innovative, hands-on programs and experiences," the Museums are creative centers that live and breath as two of regions most unique and dynamic learning environments. Support for our programs and on-going preservation of the House Museums are critical to our success.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Kerrie L. Nichols
Term Start July 2014
Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Experience In July 2014, Kerrie Nichols joined the Museums as the new Executive Director. She brings with her almost 20 years of experience in public and nonprofit leadership, serving most recently as public programs supervisor for the Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead in Overland Park, KS. Nichols is a graduate of Missouri State University majoring in horticultural science and minoring in art. She completed professional internships at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. and Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Anna Marie Tutera Aug 2012 - Aug 2014
Ms. Kandice Walker Mar 2005 - Mar 2008
Senior Staff
Title Director of Education
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 3
Volunteers 20
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 5
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 4
Male 1
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 Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
Successful partnerships are at the center of our success. Current partnerships include: Kansas City Public Library-Wesport Branch, Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, UMKC Women’s Council, UMKC Center for Midwestern Studies, Master Gardeners of Kansas City, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Western Bluecoats Field Hospital
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Preserving Jackson Co. History AwardThe Jackson County Historical Society2010
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Joe Vaughan
Company Affiliation Joe Vaughan Associates
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Email joevaughan05@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Daphne Bitters Community Volunteer
Ms. Gloria Dobbs Retired
Mrs. Elizabeth Gessley Community Volunteer
Mr. Shane Hamman Slagle, Bernard & Gorman, P.C
Ms. Vicki Helgesen Johnson County Community College
Ms. Janet Kelley Retired
Ms. Day Kerr Community Volunteer
Mrs. Janice McCollum
Ms. Tricia Miller Retired
Mr. Chad Milton Community Volunteer
Dr. Michael Monaco Doctor
Mrs. Diane Mutti-Burke University of Missouri Kansas City
Mrs. Marianne Noll Shawnee Mission School District
Mr. Foster Paulette Retired
Mr. Alex Rosser Retired
Ms. Vicki Smith Stinson Leonard Street LLC
Mrs. Alisha Thomson Country Club Trust Company
Mr. Joe Vaughan Joe Vaughan Associates
Mrs. Esther Walker-Young KC Visitors and Covention Bureau
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 13
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 75%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Collections
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Nominating
Executive
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $352,825
Projected Expenses $247,472
Endowment Value $76,930
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.  
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$151,146$202,377$190,793
Administration Expense$51,200$41,913$28,015
Fundraising Expense$7,821$9,252$9,336
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.061.022.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses72%80%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%5%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,466,809$1,455,787$1,201,356
Current Assets$122,379$147,987$223,524
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$3,000$4,250$5,100
Total Net Assets$1,463,809$1,451,537$1,196,256
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities40.7934.8243.83
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose

Our organization will embark on a capital campaign in 2017 as the House Museums are well positioned to implement its first ever master plan. The Learning Landscape at the John Wornall House Museum will expand the mission of the museums by utilizing its outdoor spaces, bringing history to life through interpretive displays, and creating new ways to engage the public. Implementation of the landscape master plan will create increased operating support for the House Museums. Phased plan cost estimates total $250,614.26.

Goal $250,614.00
Dates July 2017 to July 2019
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
 
Organization Name Wornall/Majors House Museums
Address 6115 Wornall Road
8201 Stateline Road
Kansas City, MO 64113
Primary Phone (816) 444-1858
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Kerrie L. Nichols
Board Chair Mr. Joe Vaughan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Joe Vaughan Associates
Year of Incorporation 2000
Former Names
John Wornall House Museum
Alexander Majors House Museum