Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes

unsung hero (n) : one who created positive change in history by improving the lives of others, and has yet to be recognized for his or her actions.

The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes partners with teachers and students around the world to develop dynamic projects featuring individuals who have positively and profoundly impacted the lives of others throughout history.

The beautiful Hall of Unsung Heroes in historic downtown Fort Scott, Kansas, showcases some of the top projects developed in collaboration with the Center, highlighting the fascinating stories of Unsung Heroes who can serve as role models to people of all ages. When visitors discover the stories of everyday women and men whose actions against injustice have bettered the world, they learn that one person has the power to make a difference—and that they can, too.

As an innovative educational think tank, the Center provides visitors with substantial resources on how to develop an Unsung Heroes project, including topic ideas, research tools and references. New projects and exhibits are continually in development.

Come by soon to explore untold stories in history, discover Unsung Heroes, and be inspired to create positive change in the world! This includes the fascinating story of Irena Sendler, the rescuer of 2,500 children during the Holocaust, who was discovered by a group of high school students from Kansas. 

At the Center, you can tour displays created with a Freedom's Frontier Interpretive Grant with three exhibitions featuring the:


Struggle for equality of Jewish citizens in Eastern Kansas and specifically in Fort Scott: This exhibit presents the Jewish life of the 19th and some of the 20th centuries in the Freedom’s Frontier area. 

Struggle for equality of Native Americans in the early 19th century: This exhibit presents the Osage struggle to keep their homelands and lifestyle secure. The Osage Nation of Pawhuska, Oklahoma assisted with this exhibit.

Struggle for equality of African Americans in the 20th century: This exhibit explores African American life in this region and the transformation from segregation to integration. Members of the local African American community assisted with the development of this exhibit.

Contact Information

1 S Main St

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Phone: 620-223-1312


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Water Fountain

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