We are often asked at the Kansas Historical Society how people can contribute to KansasMemory.org or to the Kansas History Museum. There are many ways to get directly involved in Kansas history.
Donate Kansas artifacts to the Kansas Museum of History or State Archives. Curators evaluate artifacts for possible inclusion in the Society's collections but cannot provide estimates.
Loan your items for digitization and preservation in Kansas Memory. Items will be evaluated for possible inclusion in Kansas Memory, and if selected, arrangements will be made to borrow, photograph, and return them.
Help your organization apply for a grant or become a contributing institution on Kansas Memory. Have ideas about connecting your community to Kansas history? Let us know.
Volunteer your time or expertise. Volunteers guide museum visitors, catalogue historic photos, write Kansapedia articles, transcribe handwritten manuscripts. Myriad projects are available depending on volunteer interest.
Become a member of the Kansas Historical Society. Get free admission to the Kansas History Museum and free or discounted admission to hundreds of other museums around the country.
Sound interesting? Get in touch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, connect with us on social media, or reach us by telephone at (785) 272-8681.
Kansas Memory now boasts 500,000 images! Drawn from the diverse collections of the Kansas Historical Society, the photographs, records, memorabilia, and artifacts on Kansas Memory represent the history of all 105 Kansas counties.
The 500,000th image is not just one photo--it's actually 36 photos combined to create one rotating, 360° image of a 1000-year old vessel in the collections of the Kansas Historical Society.
This vessel was discovered at an archeological excavation in Mitchell County, Kansas in 1980. On this Kansas Archeology Training Program (KATP) Field School excavation, forty-seven volunteers uncovered the remains of an earth lodge. An Upper Republican group (in the Central Plains tradition) occupied the lodge and created this vessel during the Middle Ceramic period (ca. A.D. 1000-1500).
Kansas Memory is made possible not only by the many volunteers who have unearthed and cataloged cultural artifacts over the years, but also by Kansans who have generously donated or loaned their personal historic treasures to the Kansas Historical Society (KSHS). Donations and loans are accepted by appointment or at special collection events.
On June 9, 2016, in conjunction with the 2016 KATP field school and the Morris County Historical Society, KSHS will preserve the history of Morris County residents at a "Scan and Share" event. Historic photographs and documents brought to the Courthouse Meeting Room in Council Grove, Kansas will be digitally captured for Kansas Memory and then returned.
Visit KansasMemory.org to view the other 499,999 artifacts (out of millions) housed at the Kansas Historical Society. To learn how to become personally involved in preserving Kansas history, contact the Kansas Historical Society or stop by the Kansas History Museum, the State Archives, or one of 16 State Historic Sites across Kansas.