Kansas City's World War I museum seeks to boost national profile

Sunday, January 2, 2011 | 3:06 p.m. CST

KANSAS CITY — The National World War I Museum in Kansas City is seeking to enhance its profile so it can raise more money as the centennial of the fighting approaches.

People with prestige, such as Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, have been recruited for the board of trustees. Actor Kevin Costner and others have agreed to be part of a separate, honorary board.

The Kansas City Star reported that the private, nonprofit association that operates the Liberty Memorial, where the museum is located, also has set ambitious fundraising targets.

The goal is to raise $34.5 million by 2014, the centennial of when the Great War began. The association wants the fundraising total to have grown to $62.75 million by 2018, the centennial of the war ending.

The association also wants to boost attendance with new attractions and more marketing.


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