Governor Laura Kelly Announces 15 Historic Preservation Projects in Kansas to Receive Heritage Trust Fund Grants


Governor Laura Kelly today announced that the Historic Sites Board of Review awarded $1,168,492 for 15 historic preservation projects across the state as part of the 2021 round of Heritage Trust Fund (HTF) grants.

HTF grants reimburse expenses for projects that preserve or restore qualifying historic properties. The funded projects represent a diverse collection of properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places and/or the Register of Historic Kansas Places. All awards are contingent upon available funding.

“I’m pleased that so many preservation projects will receive grant funding this year, which will ensure historic properties across the state can get the upkeep and treatment they need,” Governor Kelly said. “Kansas has a unique and rich history, and with these awards, we can continue to celebrate and learn about that history for generations to come.”

The board approved these projects listed by county:

  • Butler: First Presbyterian Church of DeGraff, $62,990
  • Chase: Strong City Opera House, $90,000
  • Clark: Hodson Hotel/Hardesty House, $57,600
  • Douglas: First Methodist Episcopal Church, $90,000
  • Greenwood: Eureka Memorial Hall, $87,168
  • Hamilton: Northrup Theater, $90,000
  • Harvey: Newton Carnegie Library, $29,734
  • Jefferson: Newell-Johnson-Searle House Outbuilding, $82,900
  • Johnson: Olathe Memorial Cemetery, $90,000
  • Lincoln: Lincoln State Bank, $90,000
  • Marion: Donaldson & Hosmer Building, $89,700
  • Neosho: Oak Grove School District #20, $38,400
  • Osage: Star Block, $90,000
  • Shawnee: Jayhawk Hotel, Theater & Walk, $90,000
  • Shawnee: Thacher Building, $90,000

For more information on the Heritage Trust Fund program contact the State Historic Preservation Office, at 785-272-8681, ext. 240;, or visit

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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