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New Video Trailers: "Going Home" Exhibit, September 24, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Laura Ingalls Wilder once said, "Home is the nicest word there is."
What if your home or hometown no longer stands?
The Chapman Center for Rural Studies will host "Going Home: Hidden Histories of the Flint Hills," an exhibit at the Flint Hills Discovery Center, starting September 24. You are invited to explore the histories of seven Flint Hills, Kansas, towns including: Broughton, the town which - when first studied - became the Chapman Center for Rural Studies! Kids will have a very special area dedicated to exploring how Kansas kids of the past played, learned, and more!
An interactive map of all verified towns will help you envision how the Flint Hills population waxed and waned. Vintage photos and video will be displayed throughout the exhibit where you can explore towns and ideas like communication, travel, and recreation of Kansas' past. Several iPad stations will be posted for more exploration of the seven featured towns.
Plan to stop at the Story Store, a place to record your memories of home throughout the exhibit. This is also where we will partner with nationally-recognized, StoryCorps, in November. "StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world." We hope to add Flint Hill stories to their archive housed in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
This exhibition represents the work of undergraduate students working with Chapman Center for Rural Studies faculty and made possible by an estate gift from Mr. Mark Chapman. The stories, images, sounds and exhibit films were written, discovered, and created by an amazing and talented group of young scholars who care deeply about the Flint Hills. (View more videos on our YouTube channel!)
The exhibition opens Saturday, September 24, at 10 am to the public.
Explore hidden places of the Flint Hills and their stories! You'll also be invited to tell us all about what 'Going Home' means to you.
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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Have you subscribed to our YouTube channel? You'll find video trailers for the Going Home exhibit, historical conversations, student projects, and more! Join the Chapman Center for Rural Studies on YouTube
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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, 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.