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Chapman Center Offers Workshops in the Digital Humanities

Learn to use research-enhancing photographs and videos and produce visually appealing images; add polish and gravity to your academic work.

Tom Parish, dugout 

You are invited to participate in the following Workshops in Digital Humanities and Photography hosted by the Chapman Center for Rural Studies:

  1. Field Class: Photographic Approaches for Documenting Historic Sites for Preservation and Research, Friday, October 9, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  2. Creating an Explorable Photographic Virtual Tour and Stitched Panoramas, Friday, October 16, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Willard Hall, Room 217
  3. Basics of Scanning, Restoring, and Retouching of Distressed Photographs, Friday, November 13, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Willard Hall, Room 217

Tom Parish, MFA, Visiting Visiting Instructor – History (Chapman Center for Rural Studies), will lead each workshop. His professional work has been featured at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Box Gallery, Kansas City; Strecker-Nelson Gallery, and galleries from Great Bend, Kansas, to Johnson City, Tennessee.

Space is limited in each class. Reserve your spot as soon as possible by contacting Allie Lousch at the Chapman Center for Rural Studies, 785. 532.0380; via email,

  1. Field Class: Photographic Approaches for Documenting Historic Sites for Preservation and Research, Friday, October 9, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    We will meet at the Riley County Historic Society Museum. Travel to locations will be provided.

This workshop is intended to give faculty and students an opportunity to learn new and valuable tools for documenting historical sites and artifacts.  Participants will explore digital photographic methods useful to enhance research development and interpretation in ways which surpass text alone.

During the afternoon’s exploration of selected historic sites, participants will learn several approaches of documenting and interpreting location and place based on evidence available on site.  The importance of doing so with a sensitivity for the integrity of the site and with the intention of not physically intervening, manipulating or removing materials while still collecting needed information.  Students will also learn why it’s important to include images of supporting evidence found in the historical record (newspapers, census records, survey maps, etc).

Learn how to produce photographs and videos to create a visual inventory of a location for research purposes.  Produce visually appealing images that will add polish and gravity to academic endeavors.

Participants will practice panoramic photography techniques and observe archaeological analysis in action.  Attendees may use images generated in this field class to create panoramas for the Explorable Photographic Tour workshop (Oct. 16).

We recommend participants bring their own digital camera (dslr – preferred) or smart phone, but it is not required.  Participants are encouraged to attend the (Oct 7) Kansas Preservation Alliance conference.  Tom Parish, this workshop presenter, will partner with Jack Hoffman for an archaeological perspective on the site(s) to be explored during this workshop.

  1. Creating an Explorable Photographic Virtual Tour and Stitched Panoramas, Friday, October 16, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Willard Hall, Room 217

The Creating an Explorable Photographic Virtual Tour and Stitched PanoramasDigital Humanities workshop provide faculty and students an opportunity to enhance their research by creating immersive, informative and explorable images using photographs obtained in the earlier Field Class workshop (Oct. 9).  Attendees will learn to utilize both Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Image Composite Editor to stitch digital photographs into panoramas and explorable virtual tours. These images can be shared online using Photosynth.  These images can allow others to virtually explore locations that are difficult to reach, often off limits or are newly discovered, letting them search out the hidden details of a site without disturbing or damaging what’s there.  This workshop is intended to be paired with the Oct. 9 Field Class workshop, but images can be supplied for attendees to use that weren’t able to attend the earlier class.

  1. Basics of Scanning, Restoring, and Retouching of Distressed Photographs, Friday, November 13, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Willard Hall, Room 217

Thousands of family photographs lie in basements and attics waiting for rescue before it’s too late! Photographs from the mid-20th century are the most vulnerable of them all!  In this workshop, faculty and students will bring their own photographs (or photos can be provided) to learn how to optimally scan images, restore original coloration (when possible), and repair small blemishes and irregularities.  Attendees will learn the archival nature of different photographic processes and be familiarized with proper physical and digital image handling. Scanning and reproduction of old photographs and documents will also be covered.  Adobe Photoshop basics will be included.  Attendees will gain a foundational understanding of historic and personal digital image archiving.

Tom Parish has joined the Chapman Center for Rural Studies as a Visiting Instructor-History (Digital Humanities). His love of the Flint Hills and the History of Kansas shows through in his photography and research which often focuses on the remnants of people and places that have long since faded and are at risk of being erased. His work is displayed in many regional galleries and he has won commissions from major galleries and museums including the Beach Museum of Art. A major grant from the Kansas Humanities Council made it possible for him to create an impressive and unique collection of photographs, audio, video and historical/archaeological research regarding the native stone dugouts and root cellars that dot the Flint Hills of Kansas. This work is available to the public at Other examples of Tom’s work can be found in his digital records of the tailings of the community, landscape, and people of Picher, Oklahoma, in the aftermath of unchecked lead mining. Tom earned his MFA in Photography and Digital Art from Kansas State University.


 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.

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

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