The Shawnee Indian Mission (SIM), one of the most historic sites in the State of Kansas and both a State and National Historic Landmark, is honoring its past while crafting a new future. As of July 1, 2016, the City of Fairway assumed Mission operations, taking over from the Kansas State Historical Society (KSHS). The KSHS maintains ownership, but the City of Fairway and the SIM Foundation, a non-profit organization, are working together to plan a vibrant new future. The Mission has a complex and diverse history, as the Methodist Mission and Manual Training School, supply post on the Santa Fe/Oregon/California Trail, home to a Territorial governor, site of the Kansas 'Bogus Territorial Legislature,' and a Union troops’ encampment during the Civil War. It has been host to community events such as the Fall Festival, school programs and children’s living history camps, historical skills site for adults, and a vibrant place for community volunteers.
A strategic plan has been developed for the site’s future, incorporating input from the Foundation, area experts and the community. The strategic plan will serve as the guide for development of a site-based plan that integrates the three historic buildings and land with existing and new ideas for the Mission. In a April 2017 charrette, Eco Abet will partner with the SIM Foundation to develop this comprehensive site-based plan to guide the Mission’s exciting future.