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We do Biography!
You'll find biography among place histories in Chapman Center for Rural Studies online archives
With the Chapman Center for Rural Studies’ growing collection of lost community histories of Kansas (currently 147 and climbing), our undergraduate work is best known for recovering a sense of place. Tiny faded towns - from Doniphan County in the northeast to Hamilton County in the southwest -spring to life again as students research and write about them.
Most of these places have no written history aside from a church history or a small entry in a county history. Yet Kansas is more than its lost communities and more than its current thriving ones!
Kansas has been built and sustained through the energy of a truly remarkable population, and here at Chapman Center, we also celebrate the lives of our people. Below are listed interesting bio-essays and the links to find them in our collections. These studies prove that there are no “just plain Kansans.” While their lives have not been illuminated until our students wrote about them, these are truly extraordinary, ordinary Kansans.
Quilter & Historian, Wabaunsee County
Ethel Mae Morgan: An African-American Biography Wabaunsee County, Kansas 1898-1989, by Lorraine Reimers http://goo.gl/TVNC1J
Small-town Clay County girl and Missouri State Representative
Generations of Achievement: The Family and Early Life of Orchid Ramsey Jordan in Clay Center, Kansas, 1910–1928, by Haley Claxton http://othercollections.omeka.net/items/show/34
1930s Professional baseball player, Clay County
Morgan Snyder (1909-1990): Clay Center's Contribution to Professional Baseball by Garrett Clerisse http://othercollections.omeka.net/items/show/31
Brown County farm boy & WWI soldier: launched a legacy of military service
George Earl Adams, Sr.: The Beginning of a Legacy, by Jessica Hermesch http://othercollections.omeka.net/items/show/33
Union Army & Tennessee Colored Infantry veteran, successful Wabaunsee County farmer
A Look at the United States 101st Colored Infantry and the Free Life of John Sullivan http://goo.gl/49N8l9
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.