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Six Months of Undergraduate Research Pays Off

MJ and Will

MJ Morgan and students presented to an interested audience at the High Plains Museum on October 18.

Pictured right, Dr. Morgan and Will Lienberger prepare to present the culmination of several months of research.

Attendees represented  Northwest Kansas Technical College, Goodland City Commissioners, Sherman County Commissioners, the Goodland Morning Radio program, Goodland Public Library, local ranchers and farmers; Goodland business owners, and new arrivals to the town as well as long-time residents.

After the talk, there were requests for the highlights, maps, and photos to be made available in a small publication.  Dr. Morgan's presentation,  "Goodland, Kansas: A Central Place Phenomenon, 1887-2014," was funded by a Kansas Humanities Council grant last springThis has proven a wonderful opportunity for KSU students to become involved in an area of Kansas that has received little attention from universities and researchers.

 The Goodland Identity Project: June - October, 2014

Western KansasAn art student with a love of landscape photography, an agricultural business major, a graduate student in women's studies and public history, and a GIS grad student specialist from the geography department: these talented students have tackled the far western town of Goodland, county seat of Sherman County.

Since early June, they have worked hard to create materials for a Town Hall Meeting at Goodland on October 18. Funded by the Kansas Humanities Council, the Town Hall Meeting is a collaboration with the High Plains Museum in Goodland. It will bring townspeople together to learn about Goodland identity, historic and present-day, and to create an action plan for the future. As the humanities representative for the grant, M.J. Morgan, Research Director here, decided to invite talented KSU students to assist over the summer. Read more...

"As a Kansan and history lover, I am so happy to get this opportunity."
-- Tyler Link, geography graduate student, GIS specialist


Tweets from the Teens:
A College Student and His Family Keep in Touch, 1906-1912: the Dave Redmon Historic Postcard Collection. One of the most interesting projects to come to Chapman Center this spring is the Redmon Historic Postcard Collection. Read more...

In Loving Memory of Mark A. Chapman (1943-2014)
We lost a very close member of the K-State family early on the morning of April 18, 2014. Mark A. Chapman passed away after suffering a stroke a few weeks before (April 5). Mark was 71. Read more...

New CHS Website
A new website chronicling the different towns and counties across Kansas that our 2013 interns, Rebecca Hall and Billie Chesney,
visited is finally live! Make sure you check it out. Read more...
Chronicling Kansas Cooperatives Website.

Generations of Success, A Photographic History of Kansas State University
2013 marked Kansas State University's 150th year as the country's first fully operational land-grant university - and the first public university to open in Kansas. Read more...

Dr. Jim Sherow's Manhattan
, the latest book by Dr. Jim Sherow, Editing Manager of Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains and Professor of History at Kansas State University, was published in September as a part of the "Images of America" series from Arcadia Publishing. 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, KS.

The office hours are Mon/Tues: 10:30am-5:00pm, Wed/Thur: 8:00am-2:30pm, F: 8:00am-12:00pm.

Call us at (785) 532-0380.

Search through the Chapman Center's on-going project, the Lost Town Digital Archive: Lost Kansas Communities.

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