The Preservation Patriots is a group of people who have donated a total of at least $5,000 to the Atchison
County Memorial Building Foundation.
The names of these special donors are permanently inscribed on a marker placed within the building.
There are five levels of giving which will be recognized: 1 Star - $5,000; 2 Star - $10,000; 3 Star - $15,000; 4 Star - $25,000; and 5 Star - $50,000.
Note: Several others have pledged to become Preservation Patriots.
Their names will be added to the above list upon fulfillment for their pledges.
Atchison County Memorial Building
During the 82 years since the Memorial was erected, time and weather have taken their toll. The exterior sidewalls have deteriorated and water has begun to invade the building and will continue into the structural elements if left unrepaired.
A group of Atchison County residents have formed the Atchison County Memorial Building Foundation. The Foundation is a tax-exempt Chapter 501 (c) (3) organization which enables contributions to be eligible for income tax deductions, depending upon the contributor's tax status. The purpose of the foundation is:
- To perpetuate the original intent of the Memorial;
- To restore this National Historic Landmark;
- To establish a Maintenance Endowment;
- To make full use of the Memorial for all residents:
- War Museum recognizing county veterans
- Theater to stimulate the arts
- Continue its present uses as a reception hall for local functions
The Foundation is led by a Board of Directors who are elected from the general membership. Each school district is represented on the Board by 3 members of the Foundation, including 1 American Legion Member. The Foundation meets the first Wednesday of each month with an Annual Meeting held the first Saturday of April.