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Students in History of American Agriculture and Food Class Travel to Maple City
Class visits and helps restore Maple City School House
Students in Dr. Bonnie-Lynn Sherow's History of American Agriculture and Food class recently traveled to Maple City, Cowley County, Kansas, to help restore the town site's school house.
AJ and Alan Hallowell, curators of the school, welcomed the students who helped to organize and clean the building.
Maple City was once a "lively town" of nearly 75 residents, home to two grocery stores, two hotels, to livery barns and blacksmith shops; a carpenter shop, harness and saddle repair shop, and a barber shop. At one time, two churches joined the post office, school, and community hall where people gathered for dances, celebrations, and entertainment.
Field trip participants discovered everyday objects, schoolbooks, a flag, and stories of this lost town. Such educational adventures engage learners in the communities they study and help to bring the past to life.
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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In Loving Memory of Mark A. Chapman (1943-2014)
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.
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Call us at 785-532-0380.
Search through the Chapman Center's on-going project, the Lost Town Digital Archive: Lost Kansas Communities.