KANSAS BARBED WIRE COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION

A Western History Museum

aka Kansas Barbed Wire Museum   |   La Crosse, KS   |  www.rushcounty.org/BarbedWireMuseum

Mission

•To maintain and operate a museum which displays to the public old barbed wire and related fencing tools. •To observe and commemorate the history of barbed wire and its importance in the development of the United States. •To educate children on the historical connection between the “Louisiana Purchase” and the “homestead laws”, both of which were actually made successful with the use of barbed wire. •To make the public aware of the hardships the settlers of the Midwest experienced when the Great Plains were settled. •To do things necessary and proper for the accomplishments of the objects herein set out and those objects which may later be recognized as proper and lawful.

Ruling year info

1989

President

Bradley Penka

Main address

Po Box 578

La Crosse, KS 67548 USA

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EIN

48-1060127

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are needing to build a permanent endowment that will provide adequate revenue to cover any shortages in cost of operations of the museum. The museum receives government (local, state, or federal) funding and relies entirely upon donations, memberships, gift shop sales, and fund-raising activities.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Kansas Barbed Wire Museum

The museum exhibits over 2,400 varieties of barbed wire and over 500 varieties of tools used in the construction of fences. Visitors learn the history of barbed wire and how it influenced the settlement of 19th century Kansas through exhibits and dioramas. The invention and use of barbed wire signaled the end of the open range. The museum houses the Lee and Ruby Shank Theatre, Larry Greer Research Center and library and the Barbed Wire Hall of Fame.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our goal is to build a $200,000 endowment in two parts. Half of the endowment will be maintained by a regional community foundation and the other half will be under the oversight of an endowment committee. The funds will be managed by a local investment company and through local banks.

Five years ago, the Association established an endowment through Golden Belt Community Foundation in Great Bend, Kansas beginning with two large gifts from association members. Funds for the endowment will be sought through local fund-raising events and personal contact.

The Association has members from several states. In addition, there are a number of barbed wire collectors that attend the annual shows that have a strong interest in helping us to meet the goals of our mission.

Our organization's cash assets have grown from under $10,000 to over $40,000 in the past five years.

Financials

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Operations

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KANSAS BARBED WIRE COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION

Board of directors
as of 6/21/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Bradley Penka

Kansas Barbed Wire Collectors Association


Board co-chair

Gary Kay

Kansas Barbed Wire Collectors Association

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No