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HISTORIC PRESERVATION CORPORATION

"Arts, History & Culture in the Flint Hills"

aka Trail Days Cafe & Museum   |   Council Grove, KS   |  https://traildayscafeandmuseum.org

Mission

The Purposes and functions of this corporation shall be to educate citizens of the State of Kansas and visitors to the State of Kansas, in history, art and culture, by providing services in the interpretation of Kansas and world history and the education of the general public as to Kansas and world history through the conduct of public discussion groups, seminars, lectures, pageants, or other similar programs; by providing public displays of historic information or public museums; and by disseminating information concerning the history of the State of Kansas and the world; and by encouraging, promoting, exhibiting, and providing education regarding, all categories of art, including visual, performing, dramatic, musical, literary, and other art forms.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are passionate about History, art and Culture and saving rural America. We believe we represent the heart of America and our location shows us in the "Heart of America" and in the "Heart of the Kansas Flint Hills". We are located between two very important trails, the "Flint Hills Trail State Park" and the "Santa Fe trail", which goes by our front door. Our location and our passion cry for calling attention to the History of this place, the Culture and Art that spreads out over the Beautiful Flint Hills calling to the weary traveler to drink of the glory that dwells here in the "Heart of America". Here the American Indian left his mark and reaches out to extend peace to those who will come and listen to the heart beat of this nation, in this special place. Help us help America to re-discover the importance of History, Culture and Art in rural communities and its impact on the human spirit.

Ruling year info

1996

Manager/Founder/Secretary

Shirley A. McClintock

Main address

803 W Main St

Council Grove, KS 66846 USA

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EIN

48-1158289

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

History, art and culture are sadly not given priority in many educational or institutional settings, or are taught or presented in an unappealing manner. The neglect of these subjects and experiences creates social problems of disconnect to who we are, where we have been and what is valuable to our future and to our emotional and social well being. Also rural life and small communities all over the world are diminishing. Show casing the art, history and culture of rural communities might address these problems and create interest, connections and experiences that will bring more meaning to life and more visitors and population to rural areas.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Trail Days Cafe & Museum

Museum Home along the Santa Fe Trail serving foods with history

Population(s) Served
Adults

We will showcase the art, history and culture of the Flint Hills area as well as art, history and culture in general. The idea is to help the world to see our small communities through new eyes, to appreciate the diverse beauty and experiences, and to enjoy immersing themselves into the art, history and culture here in the Flint Hills of Kansas. We desire to encourage our local people to awaken to how special they are and that where they live is an amazing place on the world scene.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

"Trail Days Historic Site" is the overall name of all the activities, events, buildings that are at 803 West Main Street, Council Grove Kansas. The whole complex is under the title "Trail Days Historic Site".

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Honor Roll 2019

BBB for Nonprofits -Wise giving Alliance

Certified Historic Site 2014

Santa Fe National Historic Trail

Designated Historic Site 2014

Santa Fe National Historic Trail

We Can Award 2016

Kansas Sampler Foundation

Business Excellence Award in the non-profit category, Kansas North East Region 2018

Kansas Department of Commerce

Pete & Faye Gaines Memorial Heritage Preservation Award 2015

Santa Fe Trail Association

Paul F. Bentrup Ambassador Award 2018

Santa Fe Trail Association

"Kansas Finest" Award Kansas Magazine 2019

Kansas Travel and Tourism Conference

Shirley McClintock Story- Larry Hatteberg's Kansas People 2008

Wichita Channel 10, Larry Hatteberg's Kansas People

Certificate of Excellence 2016

Trip Advisor

"People Love us On Yelp" 2017

Yelp

Cast in national award winning TV show 2020

"Taste of History" Walter Staib

Old West Savior 2019

True West Magazine

Western Preservation 2020

True West Magazine

Best Small Town Restaurant 2021

Only in Your State

Larry Hatteberg's Kansas People 2018

KAKE TV News Wichita Channel 10

Larry Hatteberg's Kansas People 2022

KAKE TV News Wichita Channel 10

Fork in The Road 2022

WIBW Channel 13 Topeka

Affiliations & memberships

Council Grove/Morris County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism 2022

Kansas Museums Association 2022

Tour Kansas 2022

Flint Hills Tourism Coalition 2022

Kansas Sampler Foundation 2022

Santa Fe Trail association 2022

Leap Ambassadors Community 2022

Morris County Historical Society 2022

Friends of Kaw Heritage 2022

TravelTalk 2022

TIAK Travel Association of Kansas 2022

Kansas Historical Society 2022

Humanities Kansas 2022

Heart of the Flint Hills Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Trail Days Cafe & Museum

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our events are special, relaxed small town events that may not draw the crowds, but provide needed community spirit and historic depth to keep history and culture alive in our small rural communities

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Trail Days Cafe & Museum

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Because our daily program services are so demanding, we can only manage two to four special events each year. In 2020 we were only able to do one event due to the virus epidemic.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Trail Days Cafe & Museum

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers cover our daily (except Sunday) program services. In 2020 we were closed due to the virus epidemic for three of our most important months and numbers were down for the whole year.

Number of customers reporting satisfaction with program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Trail Days Cafe & Museum

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Sites such as Google, Trip Adviser, Yelp, and Face Book give more detailed comments about our visitors' experiences.

Number of meetings held with decision makers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We may hold email and phone meetings beyond the three main meetings per year.

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

These donations come from our donation jars and individuals and does not include what people pay for the food. Due to the virus pandemic, our contributions were down for 2020.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Trail Days Cafe & Museum

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These were meals made from historic recipes and food as close to the past as possible, to give visitors a taste of the history and culture of 1850's to 1970's.

Number of facilities improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2020- We put new roofs and gutter on four of the buildings, Painted two buildings and helped finish a mural on a building on the main street of our town.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Trail Days Cafe & Museum

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Everyone who came experienced history and culture in some or all of our materials, food, artifacts, stories, conversations, music, events and programs. We did not include non participants in our count

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Trail Days Cafe & Museum

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We gave a free educational tour to a group of 30 home schooled students

Total number of paid seats filled for performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Trail Days Cafe & Museum

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We held a Classical Piano Program and a Christmas tour of Homes.

Total number of free performances given

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Multiracial people, Families, Age groups

Related Program

Trail Days Cafe & Museum

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We perform informal historic and cultural educational experiences for our guests on a regular basis.

Number of entities served by expertise

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships

Related Program

Trail Days Cafe & Museum

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We serve all the people who come to us with historical and cultural information and experiences. We are well known for our knowledge of local history and culture.

Total number of performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships

Related Program

Trail Days Cafe & Museum

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We perform regularly to serve historic and cultural food, share historical and cultural information.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We hope to not only educate, but to excite personal interest and participation in history, culture and art with the five senses. We hope to make a difference and get travelers to see the value of life in a rural setting by showcasing our history, art and rich culture.

We plan to restore the buildings on the property owned by Historic Preservation Corporation and turn them into places where history, culture and/or art are presented to the public. Upon completion of the buildings, we plan to develop programs, events, displays that inspire the human spirit, educate the human mind, excite interest in the art, history and culture of our surrounding community, our state, the Flint Hills, the Santa Fe Trail, The Flint Hills Trail State Park, small communities in general and will draw people back for more.

There are local grants, area grants and government grants available. We have two donation jars on the property. Volunteers help with the labor. The Trail Days Café & Museum brings in finances from historic and cultural food sales.

We restored the 1861 Rawlinson-Terwilliger stone home and made it into the "Trail Days Café and Museum" that is open Mon. through Sat. from 11 am until 8 pm. Here history is presented to the general public in the artifacts, stories, informational conversations, and historical, cultural foods. All five sense are used in the experience with history and culture. We moved a 1902 country school building onto the property and restored it. We have held numerous programs in this structure where music, art and history were presented to the public. We moved onto the property an 1858 log house and volunteers hand built a wooden barn over it, to protect it from the elements. The log house awaits restoration. We built more foundation and a crawl space under the 1943 cabin and it awaits restoration. We did era restorative work on the 1930 cabin and have rented it for revenue. It showcases the Art Deco era of history and culture. We hand built a chicken house on the property that represents late 19th century and early 20th century construction and houses six live chickens from spring to fall for the general public to see how even small town dwellers had their chickens for eggs, meat and feathers. We have started work on the 1947 Grocery store, hoping to turn it into Trail Days Arts & History Center, with a multi-purpose auditorium that would seat 100 people. In 2010 we constructed an addition to provide space for a dressing room, two handicap bathrooms, a large hallway for display space, a closet and an entry room. In 2017 we put insulation and drivit on the outside walls, built two entries ( one has a handicap accessible ramp). We put on a new roof and have completed the exterior improvements and completed a Santa Fe Trail Mural on the South exterior wall. Next we need to renovate the interior and when that is done, it will feature the rich art, history and culture of our beautiful rural Flint Hills area with constantly changing exhibits, programs, and events.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HISTORIC PRESERVATION CORPORATION

Board of directors
as of 10/31/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mark Lamberson

Historic Preservation Corporation

Term: 2020 - 2023

Cris Wilson

Historic Preservation Corporation

Ken McClintock

Historic Preservation Corporation

Kathy Lamberson

Historic Preservation Corporation

Zoey Bond

Historic Preservation Corporation

Kelley Judd

Historic Preservation Corporation

Shirley A. McClintock

Historic Preservation Corporation

Mark Lamberson

Historic Preservation Corporation

Georgianna (Angel) Cushing

Historic Preservation Corporation

Thomas Cushing

Historic Preservation Corporation

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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/9/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/09/2022

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.