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Chapman Center for Rural Studies

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Students of our undergraduate digital humanities research lab gain professional experience as they research, write, and publish Kansas history. Visit our digital archive of small town research papers here. Launch your research by visiting our resource page or arrange a visit to our Center at Kansas State University.

News and Events

Chapman Center wins Center for Engagement and Community Development's Excellence in Engagement Award! 

The Chapman Center was recognized by the CECD for an "initiative that demonstrates sustained efforts in community engagement positively impacting both university and community partners." Check out the project Lost Kansas: Recovering the Stories of Places and People Going Home: Hidden Histories of the Flint Hills  

Making the Leap in 2018 with the NEHNEH small logo

The application form is now LIVE! If you are nominating a pilot organization for participation in the NEH 2018 Making the Leap program, click here to submit the form. In addition to the form, please send a letter of interest to maggie41@ksu.edu. If you would like to learn more about this NEH Grant, check out the links below or visit our Making the Leap 2018 page:

Chapman Center for Rural Studies receives National Endowment for the Humanities grant...
KSU Chapman Center to Help Museums Across Kansas 

Sunflower Stamps Sunflower Stamps from the Sunflower State

Have you checked out our new Facebook series? Our very own office assistant, Karen Schneck, scanned thousands of postcards from all over the state of Kansas. Taking over a year and a half to complete, she is now sharing it with our Facebook friends. Each week, Karen showcases a postcard from one of Kansas's 105 counties with fun facts about the area. What county do you live in?

...Follow the link to our Facebook page, like us, and tune in each week

 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.


Bidding Farewell to Familiar Faces
CCRS says goodbye to graduating  students.CCRS 2017 Grads

"On the Brink of Medical Change..."
Lost Kansas Communities Student Returns to Serve. Meet Tyler Funke

Have you subscribed to our YouTube channelYou'll find video trailers for the Going Home exhibit, historical conversations, student projects, and more! Join the Chapman Center for Rural Studies on YouTube

Chapman Center Intern & 2016 K-State Graduate Leaves Written Legacy
Anthony’s study of the vanished community of Magic, Riley County, Kansas, appears in the May issue of Kansas Kin... Learn More!

Passion for History Evident in Student's Small Pox Research
In “The End of an Old Enemy: Smallpox in Clay County from 1900-1925,” Shannon Nolan discusses the devastating effect the epidemic had on the small communities in Clay County Smallpox in Clay County

Spring Break in Western Kansas with New Friends
While K-State students searched for their Spring Break refreshment, the Chapman Center’s Executive Director headed west to forge new connections on behalf of Chapman Center for Rural Studies’ research. What did she find?
Student's Determination Opens Doors in Research
During the lengthy and complicated research process, all students are faced with obstacles of some form, but the roadblock Rachel surmounted was quite significant. She visited the Pearl three times... Read more
Oronoque: Out of the Ashes
“What comes to mind when you think of northwestern Kansas? Is it the rolling hills, prairie grass, fields of wheat and corn, or flowing streams? This paints a scene of Oronoque, Kansas. Discover more
History in Action: Students help restore Maple City School House
Students in Dr. Bonnie-Lynn Sherow's History of American Agriculture and Food class recently traveled to Maple City, Cowley County, Kansas, to help restore the town site's school houseLearn more here
Explorations in Public History
Spring 2015 
Dr. Lynn-Sherow led her Public History class through several collaborative projects exploring Lost Kansas Communities, historic preservation, digital humanities, museum curation, and even WikipediaDiscover more
A Rediscovered Legacy
Thanks to diligent research by Chapman Center Intern, Michael Spachek, the once forgotten history of a substantial group of Wabaunsee County black farm families has been brought to life. Read more
Adams' Collection Research Honors Family
Jessica Hermesch worked with a donated collection of military records to build a service narrative of George Adams, Sr., World War I soldier. Read more
In Loving Memory of Mark A. Chapman (1943-2014)
We lost a very close member of the K-State family early April 18, 2014. Mark A. Chapman passed away at 71. Read more

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, Kansas.

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.

For more information, email us or email the Executive Director, Professor Bonnie Lynn-Sherow.