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History Is Now

K-State Engagement E-News, January/February 2010 (PDF)

by Mindy Von Elling

"Filling the Larder; Feeding our Families" is a project to preserve the essence of history and combines several Kansas State University departments toward reaching its goal. Principle investigator Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, associate professor of history, and secondary investigators M.J. Morgan, adjunct professor of history, and Jane Marshall, assistant instructor in the department of hospitality management and dietetics ultimately want to put together a book-length publication and digital archive to serve future researchers.

The publication and archive will document the cultural history of grocers and cooks from 1895-1945. In the compilation of this material, Morgan and Marshall will enlist the help of several students in four semesters of formal coursework that will culminate in the spring semester of 2012.

The areas of Kansas involved in the historical research and preservation are Wabaunsee, Clay, Riley, Geary, Pottawatomie and Chase counties. In reaching out to these counties, the primary goal of the project is to collect authentic stories about how rural Kansans raised and prepared food to feed their families in times of hardship and celebration. At the project's end, the publication will then be submitted to a commercial press for wider distribution outside of Kansas to inspire rural communities elsewhere.