Chapman Center Faculty & Staff
Center Director Bonnie Lynn-Sherow
Dr. Lynn Sherow was awarded her PhD in American history from Northwestern University in 1998 and is currently an associate professor and Director of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at Kansas State University.
Her book, Red Earth: Race and Agriculture in Oklahoma Territory was published by the University of Kansas Press in 2004. Professor Lynn-Sherow has published extensively in North American agricultural history, North American Indian history and environmental history.
Professor Lynn-Sherow serves on the Editorial Review Board of the University Press of Kansas and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Flint Hills Discovery Center.
Research Director M.J. Morgan
Dr. Morgan received her MFA in writing and publishing from the University of Alaska and a Ph.D. in American history from University of Cincinnati. She has written and published two books Land of Big Rivers: French and Indian Illinois, 1699 - 1778 Southern Illinois University Press 2010 and Broughton Kansas - Portrait of a Lost Town 1869 - 1966, University Press, 2010.
Since 2005, she has directed The Broughton Project at KSU and guided the creation of a written history that included student work in cartography, photography, oral history and the acquisition of local and regional historical materials.
Dr. Morgan has presented her work to the Kansas Museum Association in 2006 and at the Kansas Conference for the Social Studies in 2007. She taught research methodology to Kansas teachers through NEH's Teaching American History program in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Her most recent presentation focused on teaching history to visual learners through images.
Senior Undergraduate Research Assistant Angela Schnee
Angela is a senior Geography major earning a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and minoring in History. She is a wife and mother of three, and she lives with her family in Riley, Kansas. This is Angela's third year with The Chapman Center, and we have recently created the new position of Undergraduate Research Assistant which she will be filling this year. In this position Angela will be heavily involved in the creation and maintenance of our growing digital archive. She will also be posting Quick Reference to Kansas, by Melvin Bruntzel as a fully searchable e-book.
One of her most important roles however is as the main source of contact for two classes of students working on "Lost Community" projects. She assists students in finding valuable resources, acts as a liaison between the students and the various historical societies and organizations that we frequently work with, and arranges field trips for groups of students working in the same area. Angela is truly passionate about the work she is doing at The Chapman Center and is excited about the contribution she is able to make in the preservation of Kansas history.
Senior Administrative Assistant Micaela Rausch
Micaela double majored in Business Administration and English with a writing emphasis at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota. She has had one non-fictional short story, "What Doesn't Kill You Still Really Hurts," published in the national literary journal PADDLEFISH in 2012. She moved from South Dakota to Manhattan in September of 2012.
Ninah has worked with the Chapman Center for over a year now and "has loved every minute of it!" She comes to us from California where the sun shines and snow is something you only visit once in a while. But for the last few years, Missouri has been her home where she was a high school science teacher for 10 years in the greater Kansas City area.
This semester she is working with the town of Nicodemus, KS on finding ways to preserve the history of the oldest and only remaining reconstruction era all Black Town west of the Mississippi River, while creating growth opportunities that propel them into the future. With the little free time she has between work and studies she loves to walk down to Aggieville for a coffee and to sit a spell with her friends.
Janet has been with us for nine months and is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She met her husband while attending Central College in McPherson, Kansas. She is a History Major with a minor in Anthropology and plan to finish up her bachelors degree in 2013. Her intentions are to continue her education here at Kansas State University and obtain her Masters in History and has hopes for a PhD as well. Her husband of almost 37 years and his family have been in Kansas since the 1870s. Janet obtained her love for Kansas history through this connection.
Our office assistants often work long hours, and facilitate a smooth running Chapman Center to everyone's delight. Both Ninah and Janet help hold the Chapman Center together and we thank them for their diligent work.
Brunswick Research Staff
Graduate Researcher Mack Scott
Mack recently moved to Kansas from Richmond Virginia with his wife Adriana and two daughters Mariana and Maliyah. While in Richmond Mack taught high school social studies and coached football. He also earned a M.A. in history from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Prior to moving to Richmond Mack lived, taught, and coached in Hartford Connecticut and earned B.S. in secondary education from the University of Rhode Island. A graduate student in the history department, Mack hopes to write his dissertation on the Narragansett Indian tribe of which he is a member. Mack is currently working to accession and digitize a private collection purchased by the Brunswick Corporation.
"I am excited about this opportunity to continue working in the world of sports. But I'm most relieved that the only hazard the Brunswick collection poses is the occasional paper cut."
Undergraduate Researcher Bret Schneller
Bret is a junior in Animal Science at Kansas State University from Overland Park, KS. He became interested in history after taking Dr. Morgan's Lost Communities class. Bret applied for the Brunswick Internship because he was interested in the way that American recreation has changed over the past century. He finds it fascinating how pool and bowling are just as much an American past-time as baseball and apple pie! Bret hopes to continue with his studies and graduate with a history minor.
has been with us for nine months and is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She met her husband while attending Central College in McPherson, Kansas. She is a History Major with a minor in Anthropology and plan to finish up her bachelors degree in 2013. Her intentions are to continue her education here at Kansas State University and obtain her Masters in History and has hopes for a PhD as well. Her husband of almost 37 years and his family have been in Kansas since the 1870s. Janet obtained her love for Kansas history through this connection.
Rebecca S. Hall is a native of Centerville, Indiana, and has attended Kansas State University since the fall of 2008. Initially, Hall began her time at K-State as a student in the College of Business but wisely decided to change her major in the fall of 2011. Rebecca has previously lived in Okinawa, Germany and Maryland before finally settling in Kansas with her husband Cameron, their hyper corgi mix dog Ivan, and persistent trouble-making cat Ms. G. Upon hopeful graduation in the fall of 2013, Rebecca plans to continue her education by pursuing a Masters of Library Science degree.
Grant Peters is a K-State senior working on a History major and International Studies secondary major. He was born and raised in the great state of Texas. His hometown is Fort Worth, a city of over a million people. When Grant came to Kansas, he was unfamiliar with the small-town life. When he had the chance to study a small town in close detail with Dr. Morgan’s Kansas Communities class, he was enamored with the sense of history that every town has.