Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area is one of the 55 active National Heritage Areas that exist in partnership with the National Park Service. This federally designated area encompasses museums, historic sites and trails, parks and nature centers, historical and genealogical societies, libraries and archives, cemeteries and historic markers and monuments in 29 eastern Kansas and 12 western Missouri counties. Visitors to Freedom's Frontier will discover the history that connects people and places throughout the heritage area with stories of the shaping of the frontier, the Missouri-Kansas Border War, and enduring struggles for freedom here in the heartland. Whether your interest lies in learning about Native Americans, touring house museums and one-room schoolhouses, exploring battlefields and soldiers' cemeteries, or discovering what role Kansas played in Civil Rights struggles like the desegregation of schools, there is history waiting for you here.
Request a map by email, or if you are in Lawrence, pick one up at our office. You'll also find brochures for many of our partner locations. If you collect National Park Service Passport cancellation stamps, you can get a Freedom's Frontier stamp for your passport, too.