Baxter Springs hosts FFNHA Partnership Team Meeting.

BAXTER SPRINGS — The Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area held their Partnership Team meeting Thursday at the Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum. Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, established in 2006, is a 31,000 square-mile region in eastern Kansas and western Missouri. The purpose of Freedom’s Frontier is to tell the stories of pursuits for freedom and provide opportunities to explore the questions posed by our very name and the evolving ideal and fundamental American value of freedom. The FFNHA is a distinct landscape defined by its geography.

In the 1800s, before the nation expanded across the continent, the western border of Missouri was the frontier. Kansas was permanent Indian Territory for both Plains Indians and for Native Americans from the east who were removed to Kansas Territory. As whites looked to settle Kansas, the border between Kansas and Missouri became a testing ground for debates concerning rights, freedom and their place in American democracy.

Bill Fischer, a Historian from the Fort Scott National Historic Site, was on hand to speak about the Civil War Census Project. The Census Project was inspired by Professor James “Bud” Robertson, who taught at Virginia Tech University for 43 years. Some places to find this info are Historic/Genealogical Societies or in public libraries. Fischer also spoke about the upcoming events that will take place in Fort Scott. The Civil War Encampment of 2012 will take place April 14th and 15th. The festivities will begin with a Flag Raising at 9 a.m. on Saturday and will end at 6:30 p.m. with “Till Death Do Us Part” – A Civil War Wedding. Sunday will begin at 9 a.m. with a Flag Raising and will end with Homeward Bound – The Indian Expedition of 1812. There will also be a Church Service from 11 a.m. to noon.

For more information about the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area you can go to their website www.freedomsfrontier.org or call 785-856-3040.