The Dane G. Hansen Foundation of Logan presented a check for $1 million dollars to the Kansas Historical Foundation on Monday, December 7, 2015. The generous gift will support the renovation of the main entrance gallery in the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka. The gift is the largest received in the Kansas Historical Foundation’s history.
Hansen Trustee Carol Bales, who is also a member of the Kansas Historical Foundation board of directors, presented the check to mark the 50th anniversary of the Hansen Foundation
“In celebration of our anniversary, this is our gift to the people of Kansas,” Bales said. “The Kansas Historical Society does an excellent job telling our state’s story. The trustees of the Hansen Foundation are excited to be involved with a project that will benefit Kansans of today and tomorrow. Mr. Hansen loved Kansas. He would be pleased to know his legacy will help educate people of all ages about our state and its proud history.”
The museum, operated by the Kansas Historical Society, opened more than 30 years ago to tell the story of Kansas and has never undergone a major renovation. New displays are being planned for the entrance gallery which will incorporate current technology and encourage Kansans to experience the state’s history in a new, exciting way. More than 1.5 million people have visited the since its opening in 1984.
Paul Stuewe, president of the Kansas Historical Foundation accepted the gift, calling it “remarkable.”
“This gift will help expose current and future generations to the rich history of our state,” he said. “Research shows that seeing history in person is quite different than learning it in a book or on a computer screen, and children are much more likely to remember it.”
The Kansas Historical Foundation, and the Kansas Historical Society are celebrating their 140th anniversary this year.
“We are truly appreciative of the Hansen Foundation’s generosity and we are proud to share in this joint anniversary commemoration,” Stuewe said. “Their gift will allow thousands of school children and families to take a virtual step into Kansas’ past.”