Interview: Cady, Kansas Writer and Visual Artist

In the Chapman Center for Rural Studies, we strive to highlight work from writers and/or creators that showcases rural Kansas communities. Please enjoy our interview with Cady, a writer and visual artist whose work is inspired in part by their experience growing up in rural Kansas. In the following interview, Cady discusses their rural origins,…

The Exodusters of 1879

Every year, Black History Month means so much to the people of United States. It hits especially home to us here at the Center because of our strong devotion to the investigation of Kansas history. Our team has been diligent at uncovering these hidden and unexplored connections. Our Office Assistant, Kimberlee Pyle, had the pleasure…

IRG Project Prevails Amid Pandemic Restrictions

During the spring of 2020, our team achieved a number of our goals of facilitating connections between 4-H and extension and investigating immigrant incorporation among youth in rural Kansas. We worked with 4-H and extension to host two Family Fun Nights, revise outreach materials in Spanish to be more culturally appropriate, and to develop intercultural…

Gearing Up for Great Things

The Chapman Center has been busy rebuilding itself from the inside out. After the retirement of our former executive director, Dr. Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, we set out to fill some pretty big shoes. Luckily, Dr. Mary Kohn was eager and willing to step into this role. Coming to us from the English Department, Kohn was also…

New Year, New Faces

The Chapman Center has received a staff makeover! First and foremost, we’re excited to introduce our new Executive Director Mary Kohn. Hopefully, you are already a little bit familiar with her, but if not, we will give you a refresher. Kohn is an Associate Professor whose work focuses on language and identity. Her newly released…

Flint Hills ranch life topic of new book from Chapman Center

A new book from the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at Kansas State University is a history of life on a prominent Flint Hills ranch through the years. “Sauble: Stories from the Flint Hills” is co-authored by Patrick Henry Sauble, a longtime rancher and a K-State alumnus, and Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, K-State associate professor of history…

New Additions to The Chapman Center!

The Chapman Center for Rural Studies is proud to announce two additions to our office staff! We welcome Laura Perez and Jessamyn Rock. Both military spouses from Fort Riley, these women run the day-to-day tasks associated with the Center.  Laura Perez lcperez@ksu.edu 785-532-0382 Laura is our Program/Project Assistant. She steps into this new role to…

A How To with Emily: Constructing a Homemade Document Humidifier

Written by Emily Petermann As we preserve and digitize the items that come through the Chapman Center, we sometimes encounter items that need more help before they can be scanned in. Some items are tightly rolled or folded to the point that we would damage them if we unrolled them to look at them. So…