Spring 2012 Intern Profile ~ Melissa Slagle ~

Melissa is a senior undergraduate at Kansas State, majoring in history. She is planning on entering graduate school at Emporia State in the spring of 2013, to get a Master of Library Science in Archival Studies. She attended College of William Jewell prior to her entry into Kansas State University and there she held a work-study position in the archives of the Partee Center. It was in that position she discovered her love for archives and historic documents.

Melissa says, “old documents, papers, and books fascinate me,” and that makes her fit in quite well here at the Chapman Center. Our reading room is chock full of old books, and lucky for Melissa her desk is right next to them.

From the first time she had heard of the Chapman Center, she wanted to be a part of our work. Her desire was to practice public history, and she felt that the Chapman Center Internship was the perfect opportunity to do just that.

Melissa is from the Manhattan area and both her parents work here in town. She also has one sibling, a brother, who attends Manhattan Christian College near by.

“This area of Kansas is a wonderful place to live because it is rich in local history and the Flint Hills are the the most beautiful part of Kansas.”

Currently Melissa is researching small town Kansas life during the Great Depression of the 1930’s, specifically life in  St. George (Pottawatomie County). She plans on extending her time-period to include the depression in the late 1800’s as well.

We are very glad to have Melissa on our team and welcome her enthusiasm in the 2012 semester.

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