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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 and Curriculum Director

MJ MorganDr. 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.


Allie Lousch, Administrative Specialist

Allie Lousch

Allie Lousch, our Office Manager, is a K-State alumna who recently returned to the Flint Hills after a few years with an international humanitarian organization based in North Georgia. Prior to leaving Manhattan, she facilitated area research, education, conservation, and civil/cultural initiatives. Working alongside the Chapman Center for Rural Studies is a new way for her to invest in and cultivate engaged and educated communities. You'll find Allie among friends/family, running, swimming, in the thick of adventures, on the Konza, and around a wide table full of conversation and good stories


Katie Goerl, Digital Humanities Research Assistant

Katie GoerlKatie Goerl is a master’s student in history and a graduate student in public administration at Kansas State University. Her thesis traces transformations in the history and memory of female adolescence from 1870 to 1940 through historic diaries.

She received her B.A. in women’s studies from K-State and has previously worked as a graphic designer, digital archivist, and editorial assistant for a peer-reviewed history journal. After completing her master’s degree and public administration certificate, she hopes to use her experience in the publishing industry and her passion for the digital humanities in the field of public history.

Office Assistant

Hayley TaylorHayley Taylor 

Hayley Taylor is a senior in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy.  After graduating, she plans on attending physical therapy school.  Accordingly, she aspires to become a physical therapist in order to directly improve the lives of the people with whom she interacts.  Even with her busy Kinesiology schedule, she studied in Italy for the Spring semester of her junior year where she learned about Italian art history and the local cuisine.  She also has a love of all things music, especially singing, reading, and drawing.

Our office assistants often work long hours, and facilitate a smooth running Chapman Center to everyone's delight. Hayley helps hold the Chapman Center together and we thank her for her diligent work.




Alex Good

Alex GoodAlex Good is a senior with a double-major in Humanities and Social Sciences. He is currently working for the Chapman Center by digitizing and accessioning the extensive collection of photographs, videos, postcards, videos, and other memorabilia from the historic Pioneer Bluffs ranch in Matfield Green. 

Other than history, Alex's favorite topics include music, biology, physics, anthropology, cosmology, and geography.  


Trey Heitschmidt

Trey Heitschmidt

Trey Heitschmidt is a junior History major. She plans on graduating in December 2016; her current plans after graduation are to continue her education and attend graduate school – preferably somewhere warm and sunny.

She is currently working on an exhibit in collaboration with the Flint Hills Discovery Center featuring several lost towns throughout the expanse of the Flint Hills that K-State students and the Chapman Center have researched or will research. She is excited for all of the opportunities presented to her by the Chapman Center and can’t wait to see the doors it will open.

Trey has a passion for people and their stories. In her free time, she can be found curled up with a good book, adventuring through Manhattan, or playing with her dog, Maverick.

Patrick Moran

Patrick Timothy MoranPatrick Timothy Moran is a transfer student from Chicago majoring in History with a concentration in Military History.
The son of a career Army officer, Patrick credits his "army brat" upbringing as having a profound influence on his passion for history.

While voraciously interested in all time periods Patrick's main focus is warfare from the 18th to 20th centuries. Patrick is engaged in researching the "Riley County 101" resident of Riley County who lost their lives in the Second World War. This work is being done in conjunction with the Chapman Center, Fort Riley's Calvary and 1st Infantry Division museums; and the City of Manhattan. Patrick is a member of the Pritzker Military Library, the Society for Military Historians, and a brother of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Patrick is very excited to be working with the Chapman Center and hopes it will help him further sharpen his skills for a career in public history. He hopes to someday further educate the public about human conflict and enable its lessons to be more easily approachable.

Michael Spachek

Michael SpachekMichael Spachek is a senior majoring in history. He grew up interested in history specifically the first hundred years of the United States centered on the Revolutionary and Civil War eras as well as World War II. Michael’s interest in the Civil War took off in high school when he visited Gettysburg and Fords Theater in Washington D.C.

Michael switched from wildlife biology after taking a course on African American Kansas and being accepted as an intern at the Chapman Center. His research uses his experience with maps, topography, and historic map interpretation. After graduating Michael hopes to go to graduate school for public history and work in a field relating to public history educating the public, preserving historic sites or doing research. 

 Group Staff

Our 2015 summer Chapman Center interns, Graduate Research Assistant, and Executive Director

Front Row(left to right): Katie, Dr. Lynn-Sherow, andTrey Heitschmidt
Back Row: Patrick, Michael, and Alex

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