Historic Kansas City.

Young Preservationists

The Young Preservationists KC is an affiliate group of Historic Kansas City that strives to encourage and mobilize young preservationists through service, learning and advocacy. The Young Preservationist organization focus is on raising awareness of preservation activities in the community by supporting the parent organization Historic Kansas City; while simultaneously offering a chance to meet new people, talk about the history of the built environment in Kansas City, network and enjoy social events.

Historic Kansas City, as the parent organization, is looking to provide meaningful engagement and leadership skills to the Young Preservationist Board members. We hope you consider joining the arsenal of highly motivated volunteer talent that join young non-profit boards in Kansas City every day. Whether you’re brand new to YP, or have been a member for a few years, we would like for you to consider joining.

To get involved with this group, please email hkcf@historickansascity.org and ask to be placed on the Young Preservationists email list or Connect with us through Social Media.

Stay tuned for upcoming YP events!!


Meet our Young Preservationist Co-Chairs


Kelsey Johnson joined VNJ Law in 2018 after graduating with honors from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. During law school, Kelsey served in various leadership roles, including Chief Justice of Honor Court, Law Review Board and Vice President of Estates and Trusts Society. Kelsey is an avid traveler who has gone to over 10 countries in Europe and has studied international law in The Hague, Netherlands.


Julie Sims works as an Assistant City Attorney at City of Kansas City, MO. Julie also has past experience working at Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris LLC (SBH) as an associate attorney. Prior to entering law school, Sims received her Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in Spanish and music from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.