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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.

Bidding Farewell to Familiar Faces

It is with mixed feelings that the Chapman Center family prepares to say congratulations and farewell to the Center's December 2017 graduates. Taj Brimmer and Bradley Galka will receive their degrees during this week's commencement ceremonies, December 8th and 9th, 2017.

Taj Brimmer

 Taj Brimmer

Taj Brimmer, a senior in Public Relations with a minor in Leadership Studies, has been with the Chapman Center for three years. As a student office assistant, she served as a social media specialist in promoting the Chapman Center and its important work to KSU and the community. Brimmer also contributed to several of the Center's signature projects, including the Going Home Exhibit that garnered national recognition.

Taj's leadership and commitment to excellence extends beyond her work with the Chapman Center. She has been a leadership force on KSU's campus as President of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and VP of the Black Student Union. She has received several awards including the 2017 Dean of Students Most Outstanding Senior Award. We are so proud of her and wish her the best on her postgraduate endeavors. 

Brad Galka

Bradley Galka

Bradley Galka will receive his Masters of Arts degree in History (his thesis "A Business Plot in the American Press" is a scintillating read). Brad has been a staple of the Center since joining the team in spring 2016. He is the Assistant Editor for The Online Journal of Rural Research & Policy as well as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of History. 

Brad has accomplished a lot during his time at the Chapman Center. Recently, he contributed his research and writing skills to a World War II memorial commemorating the service and the lives of Riley County veterans. He was also an indispensable member of the Going Home Exhibit team.

Check out his Graduate Spotlight piece in the Archives: 

https://enewsletters.k-state.edu/history/2017/09/26/graduate-spotlight-brad-galka/ 

Congratulations! 

 


 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.

 

"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

Field Research and the Chapman Center for Rural Studies
Learn how History comes to life and students explore Kansas history. 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.