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Trail Days Cafe & Museum

A BBB Accredited Charity since 01/12/2017.


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Name: Trail Days Cafe & Museum
Phone: (620) 767-7986
Address: 803 W Main St
Council Grove, KS 66846-1716
Report Creation Date: January 12, 2017
Report Expiration Date: January 12, 2018
Original Business Start Date: January 2010
Principal: Mrs. Shirley A. Mc Clintock, Manager/Secretary
Customer Contact: Mrs. Shirley A. Mc Clintock, Manager/Secretary - (620) 767-7986 or
Email Address:
Entity: Not For Profit Organization
Incorporated: November 1994, KS
Type of Business: Charity - Local, Art Restoration & Conservation, Building Restoration & Preservation, Charity - Arts & Culture, Event Center, Historical Places, Historical Structure Preservation, Museums, Restaurants
BBB Accreditation: Trail Days Cafe & Museum is a BBB Accredited Charity.

Additional DBA Names

Historic Preservation Corporation

Stated Purpose

"to promote the general welfare of the citizens of the State of Kansas and visitors to the State of Kansas, by identifying and preserving, or assisting in identifying and preserving, historic culture, sites, structures, and artifacts; by providing services in the interpretation of Kansas and world history and the education of the general public as to Kansas and world history through the conduct of public discussion groups, seminars, lectures, pageants, or other similar programs; by providing public displays of historic information or public museums; and by providing historical research and historic preservation information to persons or organizations, for the purpose of identifying and maintaining historic culture, sites, structures, and artifacts; and by disseminating information concerning the history of the State of Kansas and the world; and by encouraging, promoting, exhibiting, and providing education regarding, all categories of art, including visual, performing, dramatic, musical, literary, and other art forms."

Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated according to the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. This organization meets all those Standards and is a BBB Accredited Charity.

BBB Charity Seal Participation

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Historic Preservation Corporation operates a museum complex of eight buildings located along the Santa Fe Trail. The 1861 Rawlinson-Terwilliger home, still stands, as when the trail was active, and houses the Trail Days Cafe & Museum. There, on display, are artifacts, photographs, an Indian Pictograph and other historic materials. Amidst artifacts and displays, food is an important experience of the 3,000 yearly visitors to the museum. Much historic research went into creating the menu which includes information of Indian and ethnic groups who settled in the area. The food is created in such a way, that it provides an historic experience, as close as possible, to tasting foods from the past. The volunteer staff interacts with visitors, educating them about history. Visitors pay for the food, but they may tour without cost. Two jars are available for donations.
On the property are two 1930 tourist cabins, forerunners of motels, and a 1943 cabin, the survivor of four built on the grounds during World War ll to house Herington Army Air Field personnel. A replica historic chicken house and pen is stocked, Spring to Fall, with laying hens.
The restored 1902 Field School house is visited by children and adults who learn about a country school. Educational programs are presented here for Valentines, Veterans' Day and other events.
A barn was constructed around the 1858 Atkinson Log House--the oldest wooden structure in Morris County. The 1947 Baker's Food market is being converted into "Maple Camp Arts & History Center", a multi-purpose auditorium, to be used for cultural, historic and Artistic educational presentations.

For the year ended December 31, 2015, Trail Days Cafe & Museum's program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses:$43,424


Chair of the Board:Shirley Spittles
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:Manager, White Memorial Camp
Board Size:8

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:Print advertisements.

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


According to Trail Days Cafe & Museum's IRS Form 990 for the year ended December 31, 2015:

 Program Service Revenue$30,924
 Contributions and Grants$10,242
 Other Revenue$1,862
 Total Income:$43,028
Expenses  % of total
% of total
 Programs:$43,424 87.64%100.92%
 Fund Raising:$3,483 7.03%8.09%
 Administrative:$2,640 5.33%6.14%
 Other:$0 0.00%0.00%
 Total Expenses:$49,547
* Excess of Expenses over Income$6,519
Beginning Net Assets$174,534
Ending Net Assets:$167,614
Total Assets$215,575
Total Liabilities$47,961

* Excess for the year indicates the portion of income remaining after expenses.

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Report as of August 16, 2017 00:42
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