About Us

Mission Statement

To be an essential part of Lenexa by preserving and promoting its story, and to be relevant within the community through involvement and education.

Vision Statement

Preserving, promoting, and presenting the story of Lenexa.

Goals

Become a relevant, engaging face in the community:
– Build something that is sustainable.
– Set goals that can be measured, are attainable, and benefit the city and LHS.
– Enhance the quality of life for the community


Meet the Board


President:
Bruce Daniel

Bruce has been LHS president since March 2018.  He and his wife, Lina, who serves as LHS secretary, have lived in Lenexa for 27 years. Bruce served on Lenexa’s 2030 and 2040 task forces, the Advisory Council for the Lenexa Rec Center and the city’s Old Town Study. He is president of the Country Hill West Homes Association and past president of the Oak Valley Homes Association. He was Konica USA’s Midwestern Manger for 20 years.

1st Vice President:
Bill Nicks

Bill has been an LHS board member since 2016.  He and his wife Marci live in Lenexa, have 3 children and 8 grandchildren (all in the area).  Nicks served 29 years as Lenexa’s first Parks and Recreation Director.  Through his company HistoryKC.com he performs 5 first-person historical re-enactments and conducts historical bus tours to Abilene, Lawrence and around Kansas City.  After serving 3 years in the US Army he earned his BA from Washburn University and a Masters of Public Administration from Kansas University.  He was elected to a 4-year term on the Lenexa City Council in 2017.

2nd Vice President:
Phil Hammond

Phil is a Past LHS President and current LHS board member. He and his wife Jody live in Lenexa, have 3 children and 9 grandchildren (all in the area).  Phil served 25 years in Banking. He was President of County Hill Bank for 10 years. During the years with LHS, Phil researched and designed the Old Lenexa Bandstand that was reconstructed just south of the Legler Barn. Phil help raise the money and through County Hill Bank lent LHS $100,000 to reconstruct the Legler Barn. Phil and Jody over the last five years have traveled on The Santa Fe Trail, Oregon Trail, The California Trail and Mormon Trail. Phil gives presentations to Clubs, Organizations and KU Osher Classes. Each year Phil does classes at each Lenexa Grade School with The LHS Prairie Schooner Wagon.

Secretary:
Lina Daniel

Lina has been LHS secretary since January 2019.  She has served on the Lenexa 2030 and 2040 task forces, the Advisory Council for the Lenexa Rec Center and is secretary for the Country Hill West Homes Association.  Lina worked in marketing and communications at Hallmark Cards for 33 years. 

Treasurer:
Grant Lambert

Grant has been the LHS Treasurer since January of 2020. He grew up in Lenexa and is currently raising his family of two boys with his wife Emily in Lenexa.  He has previously owned and operated an In-Home Care business that provided caregivers to help support seniors living in their homes. He has also worked in Marketing and Sales in the senior care space.  Grant graduated from Baker University in 2009 and completed a Masters in Sports Administration at Northern Colorado in 2010.

Board Member:
Ron Norris

Ron has been an LHS Board member since 2019 and has lived in Lenexa for 24 years.  Ron served as Public Works Director for the City of Lenexa for more than 13 of those years.  During his tenure, the City developed and implemented the Rain to Recreation program, including the building of Lake Lenexa.  Other projects included the restoration of the Thompson House and Barn, the 87th St. and I-35 interchange, and various transportation projects.  Prior to coming to Lenexa Ron was Deputy Director of Public Works for Clark County, Nevada (Las Vegas) and Director of Design and Construction for the State of Missouri.

Board Member:
Chris Thompson

Chris is a 6th generation Kansan with a US History degree from KU. His studies at KU had a strong focus on Kansas History, particularly Bleeding Kansas and the events leading up to the Civil War. Currently he is the Director of Marketing for Three Dog Bakery. With a strong background in digital marketing, Chris is working with LHS to further expand their marketing presence in the Lenexa community.  

Board Member:
Jason Green

Jason has been an LHS board member since August 2020. He and his wife Shannon, reside with their two children near the Legler Barn Museum. Jason has lived in Lenexa for 30+ years, and is also a local business owner. He is an amateur genealogist, and has traced his family back several hundred years. A Kansas native, his ancestors came to the state in the 1800’s, homesteading in the early days of present Solomon, Glasco, and Leavenworth municipalities. He is also a member of the Santa Fe Trail Association, KC Area Historic Trails Association, and Leavenworth Historical Society.


Meet the Museum Staff


Archivist & Facilitator:
Molly Hutson

Molly has been the archivist and facilitator at LHS since August, 2015. She wears many hats within the LHS Complex and created this new LHS website, including creating blog posts and maintenance. She graduated from William Jewell College in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in History and Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry, along with a minor in Japanese Area Studies. In December of 2019, she graduated with a Master’s in Library and Information Sciences with a concentration in Archiving from Emporia State University. In addition to her work at LHS, Molly is the archivist at the Overland Park Historical Society where she processes their artifact and manuscript collections. Prior to working with LHS, she interned in the archives of the Jackson County Historical Society under the mentorship of David Jackson, which was followed by a student worker position within the archives of William Jewell College.

City Concierge & Tour Guide:
Rick Wolff

Bio coming soon!


Volunteers


Engaged volunteers are essential to the continued success of LHS.  Please consider joining our historical society family for an interesting, enriching experience while learning more about Lenexa and connecting with like-minded people.

Click HERE for opportunities and additional information.

The Lenexa Historical Society is a Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) organizations. All Donations are tax deductible.


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