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D. Cheryl Collins

D. Cheryl CollinsKansas Historical Foundation
Board of Directors
Elected to board: 1989
President: 1998-1999

Cheryl Collins lives in Manhattan. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Kansas State University. She has been with the Riley County Historical Museum since 1980, serving as director since 1988.

Since 1996 she has also served as site administrator of the Goodnow House State Historic Site, which is operated through a partnership between the Kansas Historical Society, Riley County, and the Riley County Historical Society. 

She served as president, and in other offices of the Kansas Museums Association; as American Association for State and Local History co-chair of the Kansas Leadership Team; Speaker of the House appointment to the Kansas Territorial Sesquicentennial Advisory Committee; on Manhattan C150! Sesquicentennial executive committee; chair of the Riley County Department Head Committee, the Arts and Humanities Association of Manhattan, and Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area Advisory Committee; and served two terms on the Governor’s Council on Travel and Tourism.

Collins received the Kansas Museums Association Presidential Award for Dedicated Service and Professional Standards in 2004. She is a member of PEO, Kappa Delta Sorority, Domestic Science Club, Flint Hills Veterans Coalition, Riley County Genealogical Society, Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance, Riley County Historical Society, Kansas Corral of the Westerners, Kansas Association of Historians and a number of other historical and professional organizations.

Her husband, G.W. Clift, is a writer. They have one son.

Collins is a life member of the Kansas Historical Foundation. She was first elected to the board of directors in 1989. She served as president in 1998. Cheryl continued to be involved in committees of the board until her death on September 15, 2021.

"Kansas history is perhaps the most interesting, exciting and vital among all the 50 states.  Being a Kansan gives one a direct link and connection to that history.  I am grateful to have that tie and to have the opportunity to learn about and help preserve our history through the Kansas Historical Foundation."