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Kansas History: Journal of the Central Plains

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Summer 2019

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Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains is a collaboration of the Kansas Historical Foundation (Kansas State Historical Society, Inc.) and the Department of History at Kansas State University.

This scholarly journal, recipient of awards from the Western History Association and the American Association for State and Local History, publishes new research on Kansas and western history and offers well-illustrated articles that appeal to both the serious student and the general reader.

Editorial Staff

Jim Sherow with Blue Managing Editor Jim Sherow is a University Distinguished Professor of History at Kansas State University. He specializes in the history of Kansas and the U.S. West, Environmental History, and the History of North American Indian Peoples. Professor Sherow is the author of six books: The Chisholm Trail: Joseph McCoy's Great Gamble (2018); with photographer John R. Charlton, Railroad Empire across the Heartland: Rephotographing Alexander Gardner’s Westward Journey (2014); Manhattan: Images of America (2013); The Grasslands of the United States: An Environmental History (2007); A Sense of the American West: An Anthology of Environmental History (1998); Watering the Valley: Development along the High Plains Arkansas River, 1870–1950 (1990). jsherow@ksu.edu

Virgil DeanConsulting Editor Virgil W. Dean, formerly of the Kansas Historical Society, has edited the journal for twenty-five years. He is a fellow of the Agricultural History Society and the author/editor of numerous articles and four books: Kansas History: An Annotated Bibliography (1992), with the late Homer E. Socolofsky of Kansas State University; Territorial Kansas Reader (2005); John Brown to Bob Dole: Movers and Shakers in Kansas History (2006); and An Opportunity Lost: The Truman Administration and the Farm Policy Debate (2006). He is a frequent scholar/consultant for the programs of the Kansas Humanities Council and has taught Kansas history as an adjunct professor for the University of Kansas and Washburn University. vwdean51@gmail.com

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Associate Managing Editor Ginette Aley is a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Kansas State University, successfully wearing multiple hats.Earning her Ph.D from Iowa State in 2005, Dr. Aley co-edited a book Union Heartland: The Midwestern Home Front during the Civil War (2013) which was the first to look at the Northern home front from a regional Midwest perspective, along with multiple articles and chapter essays. Her research and publications examine interrelated issues of gender, race, family, and policy primarily in a 19th century rural context. She has published over 50 book reviews, and in February 2019 she gave the 21st Annual Lincoln Lecture at the University of Saint Mary (Leavenworth).

Kelly Erby Book Review Editor Kelly Erby is Associate Professor of History at Washburn University where she teaches classes in revolutionary and early nineteenth-century American and gender history. She is the author of Restaurant Republic: The Rise of Public Dining in Boston (2016). She received her Ph.D. from Emory University.

Student Editorial Assistants

Molly BlackMolly Black is a Senior in History with a minor in Geography at Kansas State University. Previously, she interned with the Chapman Center for Rural Studies on the Kansas State University Campus. In the future, she would love to pursue a career in Public History, either doing museum archival or curatorial work. Molly is also involved in the Kansas State Symphonic Orchestra, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, and Ichthus Ministry.

lisa highsmith 2019Lisa Caitlin Highsmith is a graduate student working towards her PhD in History at Kansas State University. She works as a Digital Media Coordinator for Kansas History: Journal of the Central Plains. She will be in charge of updating and maintaining the journal's social media and for creating podcast episodes.

Josh WolfJoshua Wolf is a senior at K-State studying secondary education with an emphasis in social studies. Josh also plays trombone in the K-State Marching Band and K-State Cat-Band, and is a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity. In his future Josh looks forward to teaching high school history and government classes.

To contact the editorial offices of the Journal at Kansas State University directly, write to khjournal@ksu.edu or call (785) 532-0375.


Instructions to Authors

The journal publishes scholarly articles, edited documents, and other materials that contribute to an understanding of the history and cultural heritage of Kansas and the Central Plains. Political, social, intellectual, cultural, economic, and institutional histories are welcome, as are biographical and historiographical interpretations and studies of archaeology, the built environment, and material culture. Articles emphasizing visual documentation, exceptional reminiscences, and autobiographical writings are also considered for publication. Genealogical studies are generally not accepted.

Manuscripts are peer-reviewed anonymously by scholars who determine their suitability for publication based on originality, quality of research, significance, and presentation, among other factors. We do not consider previously published articles or manuscripts under consideration for publication elsewhere. Kansas History follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, and potential authors also should consult the journal’s editorial policy and style sheet, which is available at kshs.org/12447. Manuscripts should be submitted for consideration to the consulting editor at vwdean51@gmail.com.


Book Reviewer Information

Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains welcomes hearing from scholars interested in writing book reviews. Please fill out the form below and e-mail it to khjournal@ksu.edu, or our book review editor, at kelly.erby@washburn.edu. Or you may print it and mail to:

Professor Kelly Erby
Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains
History Department
Kansas State University
117 Calvin Hall
Manhattan, KS 66502

Book Reviewer Interest Form (PDF)


The History of the Journal

Kansas History continues the Kansas Historical Society’s long tradition of quality publications dating to the late nineteenth century. Beginning with the Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society (later known as the Kansas Historical Collections), launched within five years of the Society’s 1875 founding by the Kansas Editors’ and Publishers’ Association, a regular publication was central to the mission of the KSHS. The Collections were published annually until 1931, when the Society introduced a brand-new quarterly, the Kansas Historical Quarterly, a worthy successor and venue for much of the best in Kansas scholarship until 1977. The long legacy continues in the pages of Kansas History, now in its fourth decade.

In 2010 longtime editor Virgil Dean, Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, director of Kansas State’s Chapman Center for Rural Studies, and Professor of Kansas History James Sherow started a conversation over lunch to discuss the potential benefits of moving the editorial offices of the journal from the Kansas Historical Society to the Center. Although the KSHS’s extensive collections made fact-checking and image selection easy, it was difficult to engage graduate student editor/interns in the process of making the journal.

The solution was to move the editorial work of the journal to K-State, where graduate student editors could learn the art and craft of publication, while maintaining the services of associate editor Melissa Tubbs Loya, who oversaw editing and production at the Historical Society. With financial support from Mr. Mark Chapman to pay a consulting editor and an equal commitment from K-State’s Provost, April Mason, to hire two graduate editorial assistants, all the pieces for a move were finally in place. The Kansas Historical Foundation board approved the move in December 2011, and the Historical Society also gave its approval that same month. The first issue jointly sponsored by the Kansas Historical Foundation and the Chapman Center for Rural Studies was released in April 2012.

In late 2013, a new set of circumstances made more change necessary. As a result, the Kansas State editorial office of the journal officially moved to the Department of History, and as of the spring 2014 issue, Kansas State manages all of the journal’s editorial activities in Manhattan. The Foundation continues as publisher, but the university is responsible for each stage of production, from manuscript selection to printing.

To learn more about the journal (subscribe or submit an article for consideration) please visit the journal website at: http://www.kshs.org/p/kansas-history/12443

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