Join with the third grader from Wichita who sent his donation for the restoration project along with his note that read
"Here's my dollar. Please save the Cabin".


The Peoples Heartland Foundation is a 501c3 charity operating and managing the Home on the Range Site as a sub-foundation. Those family members or their heirs who were former beneficiaries of the Ellen Rust Trust will continue to serve in an advisory capacity to the Peoples Foundation.

Donations to date have provided for restoration of the Cabin, Cabin furnishings, nature walk foot bridges, and a commemorative flagpole. These projects are possible only by the donations of individuals, companies and other charities. Funds have also been raised to pay for two Kansas Department of Transportation signs naming the 16 mile stretch of highway where the Home on the Range Cabin is located as “The Home on the Range Highway”.

Additional funds were raised to support a historical documentary titled “Home on the Range” by Lone Chimney Films. This award-winning film tells the story of the proof of authorship and authenticity of one of the world’s most famous and beloved songs. The movie traces the origin of the song to Dr. Brewster Higley and to Smith County, KS.

Flooding of West Beaver Creek at the Cabin site in 2015-16 indicated the need for a professional site plan before proceeding with future improvements. The comprehensive plan has been completed and includes proposed locations for new permanent structures, erosion control, seeding of native grass, planting of pollinator plots and Wild Milkweed plots (Monarch butterflies habitat), tribute to the Pawnee nation, bird watching locations and many paths suitable for riding, hiking and biking.

make a donation

We appreciate your interest and support. Your donation allows us to protect and enhance this historic icon on the plains for future generations to enjoy.

Tax deductible donations can be made quickly and securely online by clicking the Donate button below.

Donations may also be made by check. Please make your check payable to:

“The Peoples Heartland Foundation”

and write “Home on the Range” on the memo line. Please mail your check to:

The Peoples Heartland Foundation
136 South Main
Smith Center, Kansas 66967

Your continued support is greatly appreciated!