On April 25, 2016, the Transient Guest Tax Committee of the Topeka City Council voted to award five applicants funding through the City’s Heritage Tourism Grant Program.
This program is funded through a portion of the City’s Transient Guest Tax to provide funding to the preservation, maintenance, and marketing of Topeka’s historic and cultural heritage tourism destinations. The grant recipients, total funds awarded, and specific projects detailed are as follows.
Railroad Heritage Inc. was awarded a Heritage Tourism Improvement Grant for a total of $49,170 to be used within the Great Overland Station to replace the cooling tower for the Station’s HVAC system, and to repair or replace the locks and alarms for several interior and exterior doorways. These improvements will ensure safety and security for building occupants, guests, and museum exhibits.
The Charles Curtis House was awarded a Heritage Tourism Improvement Grant for a total of $8,500 for the replacement of an exterior sign on the property to enhance the visibility of the museum to visitors and the general public, and for the installation of a raised curb along the western property line, thus providing a physical separation between the drive isle of the Charles Curtis House, and an adjacent parking lot. This structural separation will enhance vehicular safety for visitors to the Museum.
The Jayhawk Theatre was awarded a Heritage Tourism Improvement Grant for a total of $12,000 for the replacement of an emergency exit from the theater, and the replacement of the exterior platform and staircase leading from the emergency exit to the rear of the building. The replacement of these features will increase its occupancy rating and seating capacity for fire safety, thus enhancing its restoration for future use.
The Friends of the Free State Capitol Theatre was awarded a Heritage Tourism Improvement Grant for a total of $98,561 to cover the costs associated with three projects within Constitution Hall, Topeka. The projects include
The Topeka Freedom’s Frontier Heritage Tourism Alliance was awarded a Heritage Tourism Planning and Marketing Grant in the amount of $24,220 to develop and implement an historic tourism marketing plan for all Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area member sites within the City of Topeka.