1920s view of downtown Norton
1920s view of downtown Norton, Kansas
Welcome to the Kansas Preservation Alliance, the nonprofit statewide historic preservation organization providing assistance to Kansas communities seeking to save their cultural landmarks. 


Don't forget, nominations for the Awards for Excellence must be postmarked by January 31, 2015.  This is your chance to honor preservation efforts from the past year. Click here for more information and to download a nomination form.


KPA is proud to announce its own "Kansas: This Place Matters" campaign.  We want to hear from you which places in Kansas have special meaning to you.  Click here for more details.

Nemaha County Temple of Honor

Working as a team with faculty advisors, members of the Nemaha County Historical Society, and a representative from the Kansas Preservation Alliance, an interdisciplinary group of eleven Kansas State University students have recently completed a unique undergraduate research project.  The students investigated the Nemaha County Temple of Honor in Seneca, Kansas and produced preliminary drawings and narratives of proposed preservation improvements, along with some recommended priorities and cost information.  The information was developed by the team to provide technical background for current and future grant requests by the Nemaha County Historical Society and for future design and construction efforts to be performed by qualified professionals.

Students included Daniel Weisenberger (coordinator), John Gaito, Caroline Kabus, and Breanna Robertson from Architectural Engineering; Greg Anderson, Ross Henry, Ismael Hernandez, and Robert Lee from Construction Science; Jan Simkhada from Architecture; Richard Prudenti from Landscape Architecture; and Sarah Jackson from Interior Design.  The students worked with DarlAnn Rial and Robert Ackerman from the Nemaha County Historical Society and Mel Borst from the Kansas Preservation Alliance.  The team was assembled and coordinated by Ray Yunk, Department Head, Architectural Engineering and Construction Science.  Faculty advisors were Chris Ahern, Ray Buyle, Fred Hasler, and Russ Murdock from Architectural Engineering and Construction Science; Todd Gabbard from Architecture, Lee Skabelund from Landscape Architecture, Barbara Anderson from Interior Design.  

Peace Memorial Auditorium

On Dec. 16th, the Manhattan City Commission awarded a contract to Cheney Construction for both the City Hall Parks and Rec. office expansion project and for the improvements to the Peace Memorial Auditorium, which include air conditioning, improved heating, improved electrical to support the new HVAC, and a stair lift to provide handicapped access to the stage.  


For Jan. 27th, a City Commission work session has been scheduled to discuss fundraising efforts for the auditorium and to discuss the proposed "memorial foyer."  The discussion about the foyer is anticipated to be about the public process for developing the design and content for the memorial foyer.  The fundraising part of the work session will likely discuss the Friends of Peace Memorial Auditorium and what the relationship should be, if any, between the Friends

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and the city.


These latest developments are positive, and hopefully mean the auditorium is out of immediate danger of becoming offices and more basketball courts.  However, the HVAC and ADA improvements planned for the auditorium do not eliminate the possibility of the stage's being replaced by basketball courts at some point in the future.  City elections will also occur in April, and with three City Commission seats up for election, how the City Commission views the auditorium could change.  

Upcoming Events:

- We are now accepting applications for the 2015 Awards for Excellence.  Use this opportunity to honor the efforts of fellow preservationists in your community.  Find the application here.

-Congratulations to all of our 2014 Awards for Excellence winners. Click here to see a press release with more information on our winners.

-The Kansas Dept. of Administration recently posted a news brief highlighting one of the 2014 Award recipients.  Click here to read more!

-KPA letter of support against demolition of the State of Kansas Docking Building.

-See the 2013 Annual Report.