Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area Management Plan
Freedom Frontier NHA
National Park Service
Frank Edgerton Martin, Cultural Landscape Historian
Port Henry, NY
Interpretive Solutions, Inc.
West Chester, PA
National Geographic Society
National Trust for Historic Preservation
2010 American Society of Landscape Architects/Prairie Gateway
Award of Merit
2010 American Society of Landscape Architects/Central States
Award of Honor
Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) Management Plan, covering 41 counties in Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri offers a new model for heritage planning in which cultural landscape history brings new insights to political history and ideals. As the region where America’s debates over slavery’s expansion first erupted into violence, Freedom’s Frontier covers an area roughly the size of South Carolina. The plan offers tools and guidelines for citizen action in preserving historic sites, ecological resources, and stories of westward migration, border war, and civil war for future visitors and residents.
FFNHA is part of a new generation of national heritage areas managed as grassroots organizations. Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company worked with numerous groups and individuals to craft a vision and mission statement, along with simple-to-use toolkits and operational plans to create this vision. JBC was critical in developing the “Power of Place,” and “Power of Story” describing the regions uniqueness. The unifying theme, utilizing landscape as an organizing element for crafting “story ecosystems” of connected locations and events, was a revolutionary approach for a National Heritage Area and met with extremely high approval by the National Park Service, the FFNHA Board of Trustees, and the grassroots members of the heritage area. Interpretive Solutions provided independent peer review of several components in the management plan. The Management Plan received final approval by the National Park Service in September 2010.