the history collaborative


Where dreams of America begin…

In the 1860s, the Pony Express operated out of Alexander Major’s Barn in Kansas City, bringing mail, freight and adventurers to the West. In September 2019, over 50 educators from museums and schools across Kansas and Missouri came together in that same bard to think about how to make a new way of teaching history spread across the country so that all young people in America feel engaged and empowered as civic participants. They made connections and developed their capacity to engage young people through inquiry based learning. Behind this effort stands a spirited and entrepreneurial team of teams including the Museum Educators group of Missouri and the Kansas City Social Studies Consortium. Got history? is supporting this team with the creation of an infrastructure and advocacy for this community as a model for how networks of local and regional history providers can shift the culture and conversation, with measurable outcomes in the civic capacity of the students. This collaboration is generously sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.