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Chapman Center for Rural Studies

Student Team

Karen Schneck, Social Media Coordinator

Karen Schneck

Karen Schneck is a senior studying Horticulture - Greenhouse Production with a minor in Entomology. Plants have always been Karen's passion. Upon graduation in December 2018, Karen plans to either continue her education or go into the horticulture industry as a greenhouse grower. Karen first began working for the Chapman Center in 2015 after showing the director of the Center her personal collection of over 4,000 unique Kansas postcards. Suffice to say, it got her the job. Since rejoining the team, Karen has started managing the Center's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, generating content for the Rural Telegraph, editing press releases, posting papers, and assisting with classroom technology. In her free time, she enjoys postcard collecting, reading, playing the banjo, and gardening. 

Samuel Barron-Hernandez, Administrative Office Assistant

Sam Barron

Samuel Barron is a senior majoring in both Accounting and Finance with a minor in French. He is set to graduate May 2018. Samuel has been working with the Chapman Center since 2017. He provides administrative assistance such as answering phones, helping visitors and guests, updating inventory, making copies, and creating Spreadsheets. Recently, he completed the display for the Kansas Custard Cup collection by developing an inventory system and a database to log the items. This type of support ensures that collections are complete and maintained even when the collections move locations. 

Erin Comfort, Special Project Assistant

Erin Comfort

Erin Comfort is a senior majoring in History graduating May 2018. Serving as an intern in Summer 2017, Erin assisted in strategic planning for the Blue Rapids museum. Working with other interns, their objective helped find ways to develop collections and financially plan for continued operations. As an office worker, Erin is currently working on a project to digitize the Chapman Center's research library. With over a thousand books, primary materials, and media, having an electronic database will make expansion and inventory more efficient. When Erin is not at the Chapman Center or finishing her studies in History, she works as a supervisor at Just Salad and is planning her wedding for June.  

Chapman Center Faculty & Staff

Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, Executive Director

Dr. 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. Her current project, titled Indian in a Bottle, is a study of early-twentieth-century Americans' fascination with the Indian "Medicine Man" and how Indians' symbolic relationship to "nature" was used to peddle patent medicines.

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.

 M.J. Morgan, Research & Curriculum Director

Dr. Morgan

Dr. Morgan, pictured on the left, 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.

Maggie Cody, Office Specialist 

Maggie CodyMaggie Cody serves as the administrative staff member at the Chapman Center. She supervises student assistants and helps develop and complete projects pertaining to office functions and special projects. Responsible for the Chapman Center's accounting duties, Maggie also serves as the department's Human Capital Services liaison. 

Maggie is a Tennessee native, graduating from Tennessee Technological University with the W.A. Howard Award and a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in History and Political Science. 

Email: maggie41@ksu.edu

Phone: (785) 532-3824