National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame
630 N 126th St.
Bonner Springs KS 66012
Ag Center Grounds
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 721-1075
Mission Statement

The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame honors and conserves American agriculture in order to connect people to its innovation, knowledge and narrative.

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Dawn Gabel
Board Chair Ms. Jody Albers
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bottle 12 Wine Bar
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1960
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame honors and conserves American agriculture in order to connect people to its innovation, knowledge and narrative.

Background Statement

To educate the public of the importance of agriculture and to help understand and appreciate its influence on our past, present and future; agribusiness leaders of the 1950s envisioned the creation of a premier national center designed to this purpose. 

During a time of dramatic change in the nation, these visionaries proposed an institution that would focus on both America’s rich rural heritage and on the science and technology that were shaping its future. After a nationwide search from among 50 applicant cities, the Wyandotte County, Kansas location was selected as the site of this national monument and learning center. A decade of collaborative effort resulted in the birth of The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, by federal charter enacted by the 86th Congress and signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on August 31, 1960.

The Ag Center has grown since then to include a living history 1900 farmtown that includes a historic Piper, KS one-room school and the Morris, KS livestock depot.  A small gauge train for families to ride.  Six full museums that include a farm home from the 1900s and a vintage implement collection that is referenced by many institutes such as the Smithsonian.  Other exhibits include a pollinator program with a bee viewing hive, a full blacksmith museum, hatchery museum and rural art gallery.  Events are popular at the Ag Center and utilize the 200 seat lecture theater and 200 capacity Smith Barn that includes a catering kitchen.
After 50 years of growth and usage, the infrastructure of some of the older portions are being evaluated for replacement.  This national and local resource will be revitalized within the three-year plan to shine again on the prairie that borders Kansas City.
Impact Statement
The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame is chartered by congress to educate the public about American agriculture through conserving and honoring the past and discussing the future.
To this end, half of the funding needed for a National Children's Agriculture Science Center has been donated.  This educational exhibit is the center piece of a three-year plan for modernization of the programming.  It will include an indoor interactive family exhibit and an out-of-door energy based exhibit and play area.  These areas are slated for and early 2018 opening.
The Ag Center is open Wednesday through Sunday through out the year.  In the past the center has been seasonal but is open all year as of the opening of 2016.   
Education programs include a diverse field-trip program that includes history, science, math, technology and art.  New in 2016 are day camps offered in the holiday breaks and summer break.  These camps are based on 4-H curriculum and offer area youth the opportunity to explore new experiences and to complete projects that are then entered into a special class at the local county fair.  The 4-H program is a research proven pathway to leadership in adult life and the Ag Center is proud to partner in the Camp GROW! 4-H experience.
Needs Statement

  1. Build a fund development team that includes personnel dedicated to these areas:  major gifts, annual gifts, planned gifts, grantsmanship and event sponsorship.  Personnel cost for all positions would total $275,000.
  2. Implementation of a three-year education programming plan that totals in donated amount of $750,000.  Donations as of the beginning of 2016 are up to $165,000 of the total needed.
  3. Complete a facilities usage plan that will include evaluation for viability of current facilities.  Plan cost would amount to $10,000. 
  4. Create a volunteer base to provide in excess of 30,000 man hours of donated time.  (Volunteer coordinator salary, $40,000) This is equivalent to 15 full-time employees or 30 part-time employees.  These positions include, but are not limited to; data entry, tour guide, youth educators, ombudsman, receptionist, mechanic, gardener, marketer, bee keeper, janitor, writer, speaker, librarian, curator, archivist, etc.  Please call 913-721-1075 and let the Ag Center know of your skill and there may be a need.
  5. Infrastructure updates needed in 2016 (i.e. plumbing, sewer, electrical, mechanical) $25,000. 

Service Categories
Educational Services
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
After closing for reorganization for the year 2014, the board of directors challenged themselves and the board of governors to recreate the Ag Center for the 21st century.  To that end, a search was completed for a new CEO.  Dawn Gabel has filled that position since January of 2015.
The center opened again the following April and had a record breaking 50 thousand plus visitors.  New education services, strategic plan and fund development program are in place to form the platform for the next three years of growth. 
Description The Center’s on-site Educational Programs for school and special interest groups are available for booking year-round. These premier tours are based on national and state education standards and emphasize history, agriculture, math, science, and career development. School programs introduce students to historical nature of agriculture & rural life, enhance understanding of agriculture's heritage & its relationship to the present, provide a forum for current issues discussions, and increase awareness & appreciation of this crucial national industry. As an educational institution. The Center teaches thousands of school-aged children about the role that modern agriculture plays in their daily lives and allows them to step back in time through hands-on programs and events.
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Agricultural Exhibitions
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Short term success is defined by the feedback from students and educators; both repeat and increased number of groups booking Educational Field Trips each year.
Long-Term Success Increased recognition of agriculture as the business that provides our food, clothing, common products, and shelter; improved understanding of the evolution of technology and scientific advancements in agriculture; greater appreciation of the heritage of rural farm life; to honor the American farmer
Program Success Monitored By Group leaders and teachers complete program evaluations at the conclusion of each tour. This crucial feedback helps The Center to design programs that are on pace with educators and other community leaders. The number of groups and attendance is routinely tracked and analyzed by Center staff.
Examples of Program Success Repeat bookings of school groups exceed 90% year after year.
Description As an entertainment venue, the Ag Center offers a full calendar of special events, from Tractor Daze to a Wine Fest, the Center offers unique experience for everyone. In order to keep up with the myriad of other educational and entertainment opportunities available, the Center strives to provide exciting and unmatched events designed to reconnect generations while providing an educational experience related to agriculture.  The Center’s facilities and picturesque grounds are also used for a variety of events and activities by area businesses and organizations.
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Agricultural Exhibitions
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Short-term success of the Center’s special events is defined as visitor attendance and satisfaction ratings.
Long-Term Success Ultimately, the Center seeks to provide a fun, engaging and educational venue to raise the understanding and awareness of agriculture and its far-reaching impact. In broad terms, we succeed when people begin looking at the Ag Center as not only a place for family-friendly activities but as a source for objective information about agricultural issues and topics spanning the past, present and future.
Program Success Monitored By Attendance and written visitor surveys monitor program success.
Examples of Program Success

Visitor ratings on events have been very positive for the past year--all will rate 95% or better.  One thing we are very pleased with is the success of our initiatives to raise the awareness of the Ag Center -- many people who have commented on our programs tell us that they have not been to our site previously and the event/program exceeded their expectations.  These comments plus our many returning guests helps assure us that we are on track with our program/events and laying the foundation for increased admissions in the future. 

Description The Ag Center engages in active year-round outreach strategy to further its educational mission. We actively pursue opportunities to provide public messaging in off-site settings, such as area schools, farm and trade shows, and community events. A recent feature added to our outreach programming is a portable game show format called “The Wheel of Agriculture” that appeals to a broad public audience. Under-writing support is being sought for outreach programming.
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Agricultural Exhibitions
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Short term success may be defined by the number of visitors to off-site venues and the resulting numbers who redeem admissions coupons at the Center.
Long-Term Success The general public will have a greater appreciation and understanding of the importance of agriculture in their daily lives; where their food, clothing, and other common products come from.
Program Success Monitored By Outreach contact tracking and feedback, Web site visits, coupon redemption, and request for membership information help to monitor our outreach strategy. Another subjective measure relates to new groups who have heard about our out-reach activities and request that we participate in their event.
Examples of Program Success Increased attendance tracked through coupon redemption and visitor feedback.
Description As a museum, the Center contains one of the country’s great agrarian collections, featuring numerous rare artifacts. The combination of exhibits provides visitors with an unparalleled experience. The Agricultural Hall of Fame profiles great agricultural leaders from all walks of life who have had lasting influence. The National Farmers Memorial stands as the country’s only monument to America’s food and fiber producers. The Museum of Farming houses a vast collection of machinery and implements used in agriculture since the early 1800s. Exhibits and demonstration areas are also featured in Farm Town USA, a recreated early 1900s agricultural community depicting a realistic look at the heritage of American rural life; farmstead, one-room school, depot, blacksmith shop, hatchery and general store. A narrow-guage miniature train offers visitors a ride around the town. The National Poultry Museum charts the evolution of the poultry industry in a way that challenges the participant to think through how challenges were met and built upon and how everyday people have been able to impact a huge industry. 
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Agricultural Exhibitions
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Short term success may be defined by increased admissions, memberships and renewals, fiscal sustainability, marketing and survey data, a robust inductee nomination system, Walk  of Fame brick purchases; increased corporate sponsors, and exhibit area transformations.
Long-Term Success Ultimately, the Center seeks to celebrate and communicate the importance of the American farmer and the legacy of leaders in agriculture; to promote a greater public appreciation of the importance of agriculture; and to inspire a learning experience that is vibrant, exciting and personally meaningful to all visitors.
Program Success Monitored By Member lists, guest book, survey and attendance data, Hall of Fame and Honor Acre records.
Examples of Program Success Attendance at the Ag Center has stabilized over the past year after several years of decline. The change is attributed to a push for new and more interactive exhibits which include current agricultural topics and a more aggressive marketing/advertising program.

Educational programs for students have been re-written to include and address educational standards outlined by KS/MO -- specifically in math, science, and reading.

  1. Ag Ventures -- A trip back in time for students to understand farm life in a time before tractors, computers and electricity.
  2. One-Room School -- A program designed for students to experience what life was like when attending a one-room school
  3. Bees -- a new program designed to explore honey bees, what they contribute to our food systems, and the danger/impacts if we no longer have bees. 
  4. Farm Tales -- a monthly program for young children, using an agriculture topic as a learning tool.
  5. Ask the Expert -- quarterly program on a selected agricultural topic where experts are on hand to delve into the topic and answer questions accordingly.
Program Budget $275,000.00
Category Science & Technology, General/Other
Population Served , Children Only (5 - 14 years),
Short-Term Success We are gradually moving toward a menu system with our school field trip programming where the teacher will select the topics and various components to reinforce what he/she is trying to teach in the classroom.  Our programs would help students understand a given topic by enabling them to see actual examples of how a given topic is used in real life -- for example, exploration of the geometric patterns of honey combs and the impact of pollination on our food supply.
Long-Term Success The long-term success of our programs is difficult to measure but can be stated quite succintly -- to increase the awareness of agricultural issues and to help students become aware of career opportunities available in the field of agriculture
Program Success Monitored By Ultimate success is measured by the teacher -- did the program fullfill the expectations established when the field trip was organized.  Each teacher will be asked to provide an evaluation for the the program.
Examples of Program Success Evaluations consistently rate the programs quite high -- teachers have been quite vocal about how positive the changes in our program emphasis when designed to match up with the MO/KS educational standards.
CEO Comments The Ag Center's mission places the education of its audiences as one of its highest priorities. In accordance with this philosophy, the Center's educational programs are developed to preserve and explain the historical and cultural heritage of American agriculture and rural life as well as focus on present and future issues impacting agriculture. Educational programs cover a variety of agricultural topics including agribusiness, history, food and fiber production, and science and technology. Educational programs are offered for youth, family, and adult audiences. Programs developed for school groups encompass the Kansas and Missiouri standards established for the respective age group in reading, math and science.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Dawn Gabel
Term Start Jan 2015
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Mr. Tim R. Daugherty Aug 2007 - Nov 2009
Ms. Catherine Hahner Sept 2002 - Aug 2007
Senior Staff
Title Development Manager
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 150
Paid Contractors 0
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 Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Kansas City Agri-Business Council; Greater Kansas City Two Cylinder Club; Agri-tourism Kansas Department of Travel and Tourism; American Royal; Farm Bureau ; United Way Volunteers; Pony Express Soil & Conservation; Bi-state Ag Day Pizza Party Committee; Wyandotte County Master Gardeners; Passport to Adventure; Northland Alternative Service Program; Lansing Correctional Facility; and City Market of Kansas City.
American Association of Museums - Member2007
Business of the YearBonner Springs Chamber2003
Event of the YearKansas City, Kansas Convention and Visitors Bureau2002
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame continues to focus on numerous opportunities in conjunction with its strategic direction. The strategic plan calls for "honoring the past" through our Hall of Fame and museum components while embracing the present/future with new, more interactive displays and educational programs. New exhibits and educational programs will include issues/topics in agriculture that potentially impact each of us -- topics like: Food Safety, Bio-technology, Alternative Energy, etc. Educational programs are being tailored to link up with science, reading and math standards put forth by Kansas and Missouri Education Departments.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Jody Albers
Company Affiliation Bottle 12 Wine Bar
Term June 2012 to June 2016
Board Members
Ms. Jody Albers Ratfish, Inc.
Mr. Vic Allred Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen
Mr. Thom Bear Earp Distribution
Mr. Ken Blum Berkel Contractors Inc.
Mr. Carl DiCapo Community Volunteer
Mr. John Dillingham Dillingham Enterprises Inc.
Mr. Bob Dunn JE Dunn Construction
Mr. Don Hrabik Greater Kansas City Two-Cylinder Club
Mr. Rick Hughes Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association
Ms. Jill Jenkins Magnum Opus
Ms. Karen Meredith Meredith Farms
Ms. Amy O'Rourke Social Security Administration
Ms. Joan Payne Leavenworth County Farm Bureau
Mr. Kevin Pistilli Raphael Hotel Group
Mr. Willard Snyder Attorney
Mr. Joe Steineger Steineger Farms
Mr. Fred Stitt Pursell Construction
Mr. Wayne Strandt Retired
Mr. Steve Tuttle Tuttle Farms
Mr. Charley Vogt Country Club Bank
Mr. Dale Warman International Lineman's Rodeo, Kansas City Power & Light
Mr. Randy Watson Kansas City Power and Light
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 17
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 67%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 70%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Board Development / Board Orientation
CEO Comments The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame continues to focus on numerous opportunities in conjunction with its strategic direction. The strategic plan calls for "honoring the past" through our Hall of Fame and museum components while embracing the present/future with new, more interactive exhibits and educational programs. New exhibits and educational programs will include issues/topics in agriculture that potentially impact each of us -- topics like: Food Safety, Bio-technology, Alternative Energy, etc. Educational programs are being tailored to link up with science, reading and math standards put forth by Kansas and Missouri Education Departments. 
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $343,000
Projected Expenses $343,000
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013, 2012: 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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$5,000
Individual Contributions----$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$328,105$47,039$19
Membership Dues$2,000$9,600$9,800
Special Events$17,221$30,901$16,102
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$145,679$269,483$291,600
Administration Expense$0$0$2,905
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.830.860.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$794,588$724,717$758,645
Current Assets$136,618$45,866$53,411
Long-Term Liabilities$126,762$326,697$275,420
Current Liabilities$3,189$0$890
Total Net Assets$664,637$398,020$56,633
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities42.84--60.01
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets16%45%36%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
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
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
The Center has faced some significant leadership challenges in the past, but is now reorganized with momentum and awareness of the great potential the center has for the citizens of Kansas City and the nation. The board of directors have created a strategic plan and fund development is in place. The Ag Center has received many donations in 2015, including a $150,000 grant towards a Children's Agriculture Science Center.  The fund goal for multiple, modern exhibits and programing is $750,000 by the end of 2016.
Donations made to the Ag Center will provide education of food literacy and agriculture literacy.  These programs bring us an understanding of where our food comes from and the costs, work and innovation that it takes to bring it to us.  The programming provided to local schools is supported by education professionals on staff.  Schools are offered low cost field trips with both pre and post trip curriculum provided.  The children's center will create a modern destination for the whole KC metro community and the many schools is supports.  Thank you for your donation consideration.  The goal will be met soon and we appreciate your contributions in making Kansas City the great area it is.  
Organization Name National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame
Address 630 N 126th St.
Bonner Springs, KS 66012
Primary Phone (913) 721-1075
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Dawn Gabel
Board Chair Ms. Jody Albers
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bottle 12 Wine Bar
Year of Incorporation 1960