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 Mrs. Alisha Thomson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Country Club Trust
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2000
Former Names
John Wornall House Museum
Alexander Majors House Museum
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donate, Support & Volunteer
Your support makes it possible!
 
TO DONATE BY MAIL:
Send a check, made out to WMHM to:
Wornall/Majors House Museums
6115 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64113
 
TO DONATE BY PHONE:
You can also make a donation over the phone by calling 816-444-1858
 
TO DONATE ONLINE:
Fill out our secure online donation form: http://www.wornallmajors.org
Other Ways to support:
Contact Executive Director Kerrie Nichols for more information.
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 for inclusive learning and exploration of our cultural and historical heritage by providing critical educational and community opportunities.
Impact Statement

Significant funds raised for the Learning Landscape project 

In a short ten months from March to December of 2018, we raised two-thirds of the funds needed to implement the Learning Landscape project at the John Wornall House Museum. The Learning Landscape is a master plan for the grounds of the house that will allow us to take our mission outdoors and further tell the story of what life was like on the 500-acre farmstead. Our organization anticipates raising the remaining funds in the first quarter of 2019 to begin implementation in spring of 2019.   

2.     Exterior Wood Restoration and Painting of the Alexander Majors House

The Alexander Majors House received a much-needed restoration of its exterior in 2018 allowing us to continue to provide a safe and accessible environment for visitors to one of Kansas City's most important cultural institutions for years to come. Visitation to the site continues to grow and change as the organization redefines itself as a cultural hub that fosters diversity and is relevant to the needs of the community today. We are extremely grateful to our donors for their support in helping Wornall/Majors raise $76,000 for this critical community project.

3.     The Alexander Majors Barn is an overwhelmingly popular community space in Kansas City

In 2018, the Majors Barn proved to be one of Kansas City’s most popular rental attractions and far exceeded its revenue expectations in operational support for the house museums. Operating revenue from the barn contributes to the financial diversity and stability of the House Museums. 
  
In 2019, The Wornall/Majors House Museums will accomplish the following strategic goals:

 

  1. Implement the Learning Landscape at the John Wornall House
  2. Expand tour at Majors with new Blacksmithing Exhibit
  3. Expand membership and individual donor giving
  4. Launch a Planned Giving program
  5. Fund an Historic Structures Report and Deferred Maintenance Plan

 

Needs Statement
Upgrade accounting, collections, and donor software: $843 annually
To ensure proper care of our valuable resources and to remain leaders in the field of historic house museum management practices
 
Hire a Funding and Development Director: $40,000 annually
Wornall/Majors House Museums is a leader in our community for historic preservation. As we continue to care for these important institutions for years to come, guidance is needed to remain relevant to donors in a civic minded community.
 
Fund an Historic Structures Report and Deferred Maintenance Plan: $30,000
Fund a proactive plan that identifies maintenance and capital needs for the proper ongoing and long-term care and maintenance of two iconic historic structures and a barn.
 
Provide program support for Inclusive Civil War programming: $102,500 annually
The Museums serve as destinations for those seeking inclusive and engaging Civil War education, both locally and nationally and serve as places to engage in dialogue about historical issues that are still relevant today
Service Categories
Museums
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
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Geographic Area Served Narrative Spanning two sites, Wornall/Majors is able to impact a wide corridor in the heart of Kansas City. From Midtown/Westport to South KC, the Wornall and Majors houses serve as landmarks, community spaces, and keepers of our shared civic heritage. Through our field trip program, we also draw visitors from school districts outside our immediate neighborhoods and even outside the metro. Visitors from foreign countries often bring interpreters to assist in the tour experience.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Valued supporters of the Wornall/Majors House Museums continue to lay a foundation for a more sustainable future of two of Kansas City’s most beloved historic structures.
 
Each year we advance our mission to engage our community by bringing history to life through hands-on, innovative programs and experiences because of valued support from the community.
 
The House Museums experienced a 111% increase in visitation of all ages to the House Museums for tours in 2018 alone. Additionally, field trip attendance for school aged children rose 32% in the past two years. Growing community partnerships with organizations such as the Black Archives and the Heart of the America assist efforts to fulfill our mission.
 
We are filled with excitement as the new year approaches. 2019 will bring even more opportunities for support as we prepare for interactive events for youth such as the second annual Civil War Field Day and “revealing” programs like Wornall/Majors Uncovered exploring lore and little-known mysteries of the House Museums.
 
Historic sites and museums have an important role in helping the public think critically about the past and how it effects the present. We strive to be a destination for those seeking inclusive and engaging Civil War education, both locally and nationally. The generosity, spirit, and commitment of the community help us make a difference that matters. Continued support of the House Museums ensures that the community a visitors have access to the best-preserved, most engagingly-showcased ways that The Past is Present in Kansas City.
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 topics of local and national relevance, including the Civil War and Border Wars, westward expansion, communication and travel, women's history and slavery.
 
More than 2,000 children visit the Museums annually on school field trips. Trained, energetic volunteers bring history to life for students through Museum tours and hands-on 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. The Museums can also bring speakers into the classroom for schools unable to travel.
Program Budget $2,500.00
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
By the end of a field trip, children will have a fuller sense of historical context and place for lessons learned in the classroom. They will be able to make direct comparisons between the past and present to place their own lives in the historical continuum. Students will have actively taken part in learning through engaging with tour guides and reenactors, touching artifacts, or accomplishing a physical task, such as creating a corn husk doll.
Long-Term Success
Students visiting the Museums will become more engaged citizens through engaging with the past and learning how it affects the present and future. They will also experience an increase in critical thinking skills, historical empathy and tolerance. Field trips create lifelong museum goers. A recent study shows that 60% of visitors to cultural institutions attended these institutions as children. (National Awareness, Attitude & Usage Study, 2017)
Program Success Monitored By Teachers will receive a field trip survey following their visit to the Museums. Repeat teachers will be engaged for one-on-one feedback sessions to learn what is working and what is not working for their classrooms and curriculum. In addition, success will be measured in part by verbal feedback from children on the field trips, and the rate of returning classroom visits.
Examples of Program Success
The Wornall/Majors House Museum serves over 2,000 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!”
 
Another success story is the Museums' annual participation in "Boone Daze" at Boone Elementary School. Boone Elementary is located in a lower-income area and they are unable to afford field trips. For the past 5 years, the Museums have been able to reach approximately 400-500 students in just one day at this on-site program at the school.
Description
Camp Wornall/Majors immerses children in history through activities, presentations, crafts and games. Parents can enroll their children in individual thematic day camps, or combine a week of day camps for a complete week-long experience. 2018 camp themes included: Life on the Frontier, Toys & Games, Traveling Across the Wild West, Arts & Crafts, The Civil War & Battle of Westport, Native American Culture, Become a Junior Archaeologist, Plants & Animals on the Frontier, and The Life of a Soldier.
 
Camp Wornall/Majors is for children who have completed kindergarten through age 12. When children age out of the program, they can become junior volunteers.
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 and national history. Camp attendants and their families will stay connected with the Museums throughout the year through volunteerism and event attendance.
Long-Term Success Children who attend Camp Wornall/Majors generally already have a healthy interest in history and the social sciences. The Museums hope to create an environment that fosters that interest in a productive way to create engaged citizens of the world. Camp participants will also become lifelong supporters of the cultural arts and historic preservation. The Museums' current Weekend Manager was first introduced to the Museums through summer camp, became a junior volunteer, and eventually became employed by the Museums.
Program Success Monitored By
All summer camp participants receive a satisfaction survey at the end of the week. Camp staff monitor and test students' knowledge of core concepts periodically throughout the camp. Return camp enrollment is also considered a measure of success.
Examples of Program Success
The Museums currently have a robust group of 10-15 junior volunteers - most of whom were originally introduced to the Museums through Summer Camp. One former camp participant became a junior volunteer for both camp and other educational programs, and will become the Museums' intern in 2019 after she has graduated from high school.
Description
Wornall/Majors House Museums operates public and private tours at the historic John Wornall House (1858) and Alexander Majors House (1856). Tours give visitors a glimpse into the lives of nineteenth century Americans, providing local and national context for key historical events and movements. Both guided and self-guided tours are offered - five days a week at the Wornall House and four days a week at the Majors House.
 
The Wornall House formerly served as a field hospital during the Battle of Westport and tells the story of the Civil War, slavery and freedom, women's roles, and frontier life. The Majors House was built as the home and headquarters of frontier freighter Alexander Majors, who also co-founded the Pony Express. It tells the story of westward expansion, Kansas statehood and growth in technology, travel and communication.
 
Private tours are also offered to community groups, Boy and Girl Scout troops and other organizations.
Program Budget $2,500.00
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 walk away from the tours with a greater knowledge of life in the nineteenth century both locally and regionally. They will also understand the value of historic preservation and education.
Long-Term Success
History nurtures personal and collective identity in a diverse world. Visitors to the Museums will explore the stories of freedom and equality, injustice and struggle, loss and achievement, and courage and triumph. According to a recent study, people trust museums more than newspapers. (National Awareness, Attitudes and Usage Study, 2017) The Museums will provide individuals with trusted information about local and national history that can inform their worldview for decades to come.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored by surveys, verbal feedback, rate of email signups and memberships, and monetary donations following 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. Email conversion remains high, with around 50% of attendees leaving an email address.
Description
The Museums serve as a community hub and place for individuals to learn about history in a modern and relevant way. The calendar of events is ever-changing to meet the needs of the community and address popular trends and topics. General event categories include social hours, educational lectures, author readings, living history, family events and specialized tours.
 
In addition, the Museums host several annual events that have become traditions for many in Kansas City including: Kansas City Trivia, Ghost Tours, Holiday Candlelight Tours, Boots & Pearls Barn Dance, and the biennial Garden Tour.
 
With a small budget, the Museums create big programs by utilizing topic experts and community partnerships.  Partnerships in 2018 included: Arcadia Press, Black Archives of Mid-America, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, KCPT, the Missouri Irish Brigade, Project Archaeology, the Slave Dwelling Project, and Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair.
Program Budget $15,000.00
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 and the nation.
Long-Term Success History is the foundation for strong, vibrant communities. Individuals who attend educational and social events at cultural institutions such as the Wornall/Majors House Museums will become engaged, productive citizens who understand the value of historic education and preservation.
Program Success Monitored By Surveys are provided to attendees after the majority of events. Verbal satisfaction and attendee return rates are also considered measures of success. The Museums stress fiscal responsibility and strive that all adult programs be revenue generating or revenue neutral.
Examples of Program Success
Programs consistently perform well. In a survey following the Museums' 2018 Trivia Brunch, 100% of survey respondents indicated they would consider returning for another Wornall/Majors event. All events average a satisfaction score of four or higher (on a five point scale).
 
Many programs continue to have record setting years - notably, annual Ghost Tours have been showing growth since 2014 and continue to attract increasing numbers of patrons to the Wornall House.
CEO Comments
The Wornall/Majors House Museums is more than just two historic homes. It is a cultural institution that engages in dialogue about historical issues that are still relevant today - from slavery and freedom to the movement of people in America to the stories of the marginalized and disenfranchised. We strive to be a destination for those seeking inclusive and engaging education about nineteenth century America, for both local and national visitors.
 
Museums are trusted institutions - more so than newspapers, books and teachers. As educators, we take that trust and responsibility very seriously and work hard to create a robust and sustainable program of events accessible to all.
 
But there are challenges. Schools are increasingly cutting funding for field trips and social science education. The small nature of our staff makes us flexible and lean, but sometimes limited in what we can accomplish. Generous funding from grant makers, businesses and individuals enable us to continue our work, reach an increasing number of people and preserve our historic spaces that serve as the backdrops for our valuable programs.
 
 
 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Kerrie L. Nichols
Term Start July 2014
Experience
Kerrie Nichols joined the Museums as the new Executive Director in July 2014, bringing with her over 20 years of experience in public and nonprofit leadership. Her CV includes fundraising for capital campaigns; program and event development, management, and evaluation; professional leadership of staff, community volunteers, and non-profit boards; marketing and public relations; and event facility management.
 
As a native to Kansas City, her passion for preserving the heritage of her hometown shines at the House Museums. Kerrie is poised to use her background and love of history and horticulture (yes, horticulture) to ensure a long and prosperous future for the Wornall/Majors House Museums.
 
She is currently using her unique skills to raise funds for the Learning Landscape project at the John Wornall House Museum.
 
In recent years Kerrie has focused on growing operational efforts with great success. For example, Kerrie has worked with a flexible and knowledgeable staff to increase quality and inclusive civil war programming in our community. Field trip attendance alone rose 32% over the past two years. Additionally, barn rental revenue for the Alexander Majors barn, critical revenue source supporting the House Museums, has increased 64% in four years.
 
As a graduate of Missouri State University majoring in horticultural science and minoring in art, Kerrie delights in the opportunity to “grow” the organizations largest fundraiser, a biennial garden tour of Kansas City resident gardens. She also completed a professional internship at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. and created a position as the Marketing and Development Director for Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD where she served for over a decade.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Anna Marie TuteraAug 2012 - Aug 2014
Ms. Kandice WalkerMar 2005 - Mar 2008
Senior Staff
Title Director of Education
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 20
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 4
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 3
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
Community partnerships are critical to our success in helping to fulfill our mission. 
 
Our most recent example includes a collaboration with the Mid America Black Archives and the Midwest Genealogical Interest Coalition (M.A.G.I.C.) to produce a program series for the community titled Family Ties. This year-long series explored history and community through family stories and how family history connects us to our communities and our world.
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 Mrs. Alisha Thomson
Company Affiliation Country Club Trust
Term Jan 2019 to Dec 2019
Email athomson@countryclubtrust.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. John Biersmith
Mrs. Jody CraigRetired
Ms. Gloria DobbsRetired
Mr. Jeff FendorfAmerican Public Square
Ms. Vicki HelgesenJohnson County Community College
Mrs. Kathryn HoltzeRetired
Ms. Day KerrCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Carolyn KulashRetired
Mrs. Janice McCollumCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Chad MiltonCommunity Volunteer
Dr. Michael MonacoDoctor
Mr. Alex RosserRetired
Mrs. Janelle SjueKansas City Young Audiences
Ms. Vicki SmithStinson Leonard Street LLC
Ms. Karen Stakem Horning
Mrs. Alisha ThomsonCountry Club Trust Company
Mrs. Esther Walker-YoungKC Visitors and Covention Bureau
Mrs. Esther Walker-YoungVisit KC
Mr. Jim WornallRetired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 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? Yes
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
Building
CEO Comments Funding for historic preservation needs is often challenging. To accomplish this, our organization must continually look for new ways to remain relevant in the community through effectively communicating their value to diverse audiences and funders. Recent events in the United States have reiterated the important role our organization plays in the community to fully educate visitors about the events that took place in these historic homes. All historic sites and museums have an important role in helping the public think critically about the past and how it effects the present. We must continuously work to promote the long-standing reputation our organization plays in the community for being a cultural hub that welcomes diverse audiences from across the country through our doors.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $239,232
Projected Expenses $238,410
Endowment Value $36,990
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.  
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$163,046$151,146$202,377
Administration Expense$56,560$51,200$41,913
Fundraising Expense$8,686$7,821$9,252
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.271.061.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%72%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,529,759$1,466,809$1,455,787
Current Assets$194,679$122,379$147,987
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$4,800$3,000$4,250
Total Net Assets$1,524,959$1,463,809$1,451,537
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities40.5640.7934.82
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
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 complete an Historic Structures Report and Deferred Maintenance Plan that will guide the long term needs of the John Wornall House Museum and the Alexander Majors House and Barn. 

Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Other Documents
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 Mrs. Alisha Thomson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Country Club Trust
Year of Incorporation 2000
Former Names
John Wornall House Museum
Alexander Majors House Museum