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Ross Endowment

Norman W. Jeter, Hal Ross, and Susan Sheets wanted to boost the Historical Society’s acquisition fund so that future attempts to secure Kansas items would be successful. The three, trustees of the Ross Foundation of Wichita, generously donated $50,000 to establish an endowed acquisition fund.

Ross, a Wichita attorney and a former Foundation president, has a deep love of his state. He is pleased that this new fund will help Historical Society curators and archivists to act more quickly when rare artifacts become available.

Even though the Historical Society has been collecting since 1875 and some storage areas are full, the story of Kansas history continues. More and more people today are selling their heirlooms at auction houses and online. Like other institutions, the Historical Society needs funds to purchase items that fill a special need in the collections.