Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas, are seeking proposals for research for and preparation of an application for National Historic Landmark status for the historic Quindaro Townsite in Kansas City, KS. The story of the Quindaro Townsite provides a multi-faceted look at several overlapping historical themes that contribute to the larger story of our nation. The townsite is regarded as a bustling territorial settlement whose diverse population makes for a fascinating study of cultural life amid the tumultuous Border War between Kansas and Missouri. The prime years of the town’s life, spelled out in the National Register nomination, focuses on 1857-1862. It was during this period that African American, Native American, Exploration and Settlement history all intertwined.

Since the town’s heyday, the surrounding community has been committed to preserving the significance of Quindaro. Currently, the Quindaro Townsite is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, proving its historical significance and the importance of its preservation. National Historic Landmark (NHL) status will uplift the Quindaro Townsite and elevate the significance of the story. NHLs are federally recognized and administered by the National Park Service. The designation recognizes those historic buildings, sites, structures, objects or districts that represent significant aspects of American history and culture.

The RFP package, which includes guidelines and requirements, can be found here.

Proposals are due October 26, 2017, by 5:00 PM Central Time.

Submit proposals via e-mail and direct questions to:

Liz Hobson
Special Projects Coordinator
Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area
(785) 424-5086