Kansas Heritage Center at the Dodge City Public Library awarded Mariah Fund Grant

Building plans for the new Kansas Heritage Center at the Dodge City Public Library are almost complete and construction is set to begin early fall of 2018. The project received a nice enhancement recently with a $6000 grant from the Mariah Fund to help fund improvements to a multipurpose room, which will showcase educational exhibits and programs.

The library will begin a project to expand public services to the lower level of the library this fall. As a part of the expansion project, the Kansas Heritage Center will move from its current location across the street from the library at the USD 443 Administration Building to a newly renovated space in the library during the spring and summer of 2019.

Mariah Fund President/CEO, Jeff Thorpe, proudly shared, “We are pleased to announce a 2018 grant to Dodge City Public Library to help fund lighting and display equipment that will enhance their acquisition and relocation of the Kansas Heritage Center.  The move will greatly expand Kansas Heritage Center’s visibility and the additional space will allow for travelling exhibits.’ (Mariah Fund, a 501 (c)(3) Private Foundation, was formed in 2008 to provide funding for cultural, heritage and tourism projects in Southwest Kansas.)

For decades, the Kansas Heritage Center has curated historical exhibits and invited area grade school children and the public in to explore Kansas history. Beautifully printed displays and engaging activities about the Dust Bowl and Amelia Earhart are in the current display rotation. “When the Heritage Center moves to the library, we fully intend to continue these great exhibits and bring in other traveling displays highlighting important topics in our state,” shares Brandon Hines, Dodge City Public Library Director.

The multipurpose room will feature a display system to display photography, informative documents, art, and other media. An audiovisual system will be installed to accommodate video and narration of displays and to be used for accompanying programs, presentations, and performances. Enhanced lighting will also be installed to help showcase information.

The library is currently accepting donations to support the expansion project. If you have an interest in supporting the project, you are asked to contact the library director or a member of the Dodge City Public Library Board of Trustees.

For more information, please contact Director Brandon Hines at 620-225-0248 or [email protected].

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