The Kansas African American Museum is a repository of Wichita and Kansas history. It is also a site that delivers information about this history and the local heroes who have made it. Annually the museum honors Trailblazers and Torchbearers, people of various races who have contributed to the struggle for freedom and equal opportunity for all in this country. Its exhibits, its programs for adults--like the geneology classes and Senior Wednesday speakers, its programs every Saturday for families 2-4 pm, and its summer programs for middle school children are exemplary. The staff is creative and amazingly productive, and the museum is off to a great new start under Mark McCormick's diligent and innovative leadership. The board is fully engaged in supporting the museum and is composed of leaders in Wichita's business, nonprofit and academic communities. I am honored to be part of this board as of fall 2013 and grateful for the opportunity to serve with them an organization that I believe is strengthening our city and its families, its seniors, and its ability to know and preserve its past.