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Field Research and the Chapman Center for Rural Studies
Students enrolled in Chapman Center for Rural Studies' classes encounter a unique undergraduate learning laboratory as big as Kansas! With hands-on field research among museum collections, sites of historic significance, far-flung fields, small towns, and downtown, History comes to life.
This spring, Dr. Morgan's classes visited the Rock Creek Valley Historical Museum where they met many of the Museum Board of Directors who explored exhibits with the students. The Lost Communities class also traveled to nearby Alma, to the Wabaunsee County Historical Museum, the Flint Hills Discovery Center, and will be heading to the old Broughton town site later this month. Field research is adventure!
Dr. Lynn-Sherow recently hosted her Public History class in Manhattan's restored Union Pacific Depot. This field research offered opportunity for students to experience the result of a successful public-private partnership in preserving historically significant sites (Teddy Roosevelt stopped at the Depot during his 1903 whistle-stop tour!) This class has also visited Chapman Center partner sites, Pioneer Bluffs in Matfield Green and the local Discovery Center; and will be returning to Pioneer Bluffs to finish research for a historical walking tour brochure.
Something New: this semester’s Public History class coordinated their research of lost town of Comisky, in Morris County, challenging one another in this team approach. Together they learned more about the Chapman Center field research serves as a catalyst to engage students in the narrative of history. Exploring the places of history leads them (and us) to encounter the people, stories, and artifacts that helped to shape today’s Kansas.nuances of the lost town and the people that influenced, lived, and died there. Look for a story later this spring about the Comisky experience.
Have you visited our blog,"The Rural Telegraph," featuring original student research or swung by the Chapman Center for Rural Studies on Facebook and Twitter? #MakeHistory and come on by.
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The Chapman Center for Rural Studies is an undergraduate research-based center that provides hands-on experience in doing the real work of historians. We are located in 111 Leasure Hall in the heart of the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, KS.
Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Call us at 785-532-0380.
Search through the Chapman Center's on-going project, the Lost Town Digital Archive: Lost Kansas Communities.