Where We've Been

2004-2020

Press Release announces Salina businessman Jack Vanier donates $430,000

$90,000 Heritage Trust Grant secured

Purchased 117 N. Douglas Ave.

First Cattle Drive brings thousands to downtown Ellsworth

2007

2004

Bylaws written and approved

Original Board of Directors voted to provide the vision

2008

Advisory committee established

Received $2000 grant from the Joyce Nagel Health, Education & Recreation fund

Drovers website added to the front of the Signature Insurance Building

166 fundraising letters went out to begin Phase II of the project

2009

2010-2012

Fundraising efforts continue

Met with Kansas State University Professor Justin Kastner, Ph.D. regarding a traveling exhibit commemorating the anniversary of the Chisholm Trail

Met with Director of the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan

Brad Anderson, Salina Arts & Humanities, led a brainstorming discussion

Architect Jeff Gillam visits the site for plans on Phase II

Board votes to restore the Insurance Building to its historical appearance

Board votes Jim Gray as Executive Director

2013

2014

Board met with representatives from Traub Design

Insurance Building sustained extensive roof damage

Drovers is the recipient of a $5000 grant from Western Cooperative Electric

Board began discussion with KSU Dept of Architecture

20 students and 2 professors were involved in the 3-D Model Design

Aurora, CO museum donates Harper's Weekly annals from the 1850s to 1920s

Received $2000 grant from Smoky Hill Charitable Foundation

2015

2016

Board voted to pay Traub Design for design of entrance space

K-State students present their vision through a 3-D design

Gale Gish is commissioned to construct a 1/8 scale model cattle car

Hosted the Ellsworth Business Summit featuring David Proctor

Discussed a grand opening of a small scale museum

Hosted Old Settlors Reunion 

Board met with Center for Community Engagement and Development

Participate in Strategic Doing through the Smoky Hill Charitable Foundation

Jim Gray presented a power point indicative of the economic impact of the project

2017

2018

Hosted a Strategic Doing community meeting

Submitted a Heritage Trust Grant for Phase II

National Endowment for the Humanities grant submitted for internships

2019

Received a Heritage Fund Trust Grant in the amount of $69,840

Hired architect Campbell & Johnson for work related to the grant

Where We're going

PHASE I

PHASE II

PHASE III

COMPLETED

CURRENT

FUTURE

Resortoration of the exterior of Ellsworth's Signature Insurance Building and the historic architectural oriel feature

Restoration of the interior walls and flooring of Ellsworth's Signature Insurance Building; restructuring space to accommodate Phase III

Creation of final museum, theatre, meeting space, library, research center

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