Lower McDowell Creek Road Findings

Intern Katie Jones and Dr. Morgan walk toward the Edwards barn on Lower McDowell Creek Road in Geary County. Katie is researching early Welsh settlement in the area. The Edwards family were stonemasons who built the barn, a small stone farmhouse, and the striking stone wall pictured here. They may also have constructed some of the original Fort Riley buildings.

Also pictured (below) is senior history major Tyler Rudder and Dr. Morgan standing outside
the old St. Joseph’s Church on Lower McDowell Creek Road. Tyler is researching
the history of the church. He’s putting up his hood because it was only 24 degrees despite the bright sun! The early gravestones in this cemetery are inscribed with the names of the counties in Ireland remembered as home by the Irish who settled here in the 1870s.


Rock Creek Valley Volunteer Day

Melissa and Erin emptying the books

Erin and Melissa moving the Kansas Pride books to their new home

Grad assistant Theresa organizing the books

The finished product!

Chapman Center interns and grad assistants assisted Rock Creek Valley Historical Society
in Pottawatomie County on Wednesday January 5th.
Erin Strathe and Melissa Slagle, working under grad assistant Theresa Young’s direction,
furnished muscle power to shelve large volumes, collections, and exhibit materials for the museum.

Grad assistant Daron and Dr. Morgan gave an arm and a leg as well

Our Wonderful Office Staff ~ Ninah and Janet ~

Our formidably effective office assistants often go unnoticed, work long hours, and facilitate a smooth running Chapman Center to everyone’s delight. But their days of being in the shadows are over.

Ninah Butler has worked with the Chapman Center for over a year now and “has loved every minute of it!” She comes to us from California where the sun shines and snow is something you only visit once in a while. But for the last few years, Missouri has been her home where she was a high school science teacher for 10 years in the greater Kansas City area. This semester she is working with the town of Nicodemus, KS on finding ways to preserve the history of the oldest and only remaining reconstruction era all Black Town west of the Mississippi River, while creating growth opportunities that propel them into the future.  With the little free time she has between work and studies she loves to walk down to Aggieville for a coffee and to sit a spell with her friends.

Janet Adam has been with us for nine months and is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She met her husband while attending Central College in McPherson, Kansas. She is a History Major with a minor in Anthropology and plan tn finish up her bachelors degree in 2013. Her intentions are to continue her education here at Kansas State University and obtain her Masters in History and has hopes for a PhD as well. Her husband of almost 37 years and his family have been in Kansas since the 1870s. Janet obtained her love for Kansas history through this connection.

Both Ninah and Janet help hold the Chapman Center together and we thank then for their diligent work.



Spring 2012 Intern Profile ~ Erin Strathe ~

Erin Strathe, one of our newest interns, grew up in the southeast portions of Kansas. She is the youngest of three siblings and her best friend is her canine companion named Tillie.

While here at Kansas State University she is pursuing a degree in interdisciplinary studies-humanities. After sampling several different majors and a multitude of courses in agriculture, science, economics, mathematics, and Spanish she has found the right career path, pre-law. Once all the hard classes were out of her way, she says was finally free to enroll in a few history classes for fun and discovered her hidden passion for things in the distant past.

Erin says, “Dr. Morgan’s Lost Kansas Communities class got me hooked on historical research.  I am excited to continue exploring the history of women in Kansas as I intern with the Chapman Center this semester.”

We would like to welcome Erin to the Chapman Center and wish her well in the 2012 Spring semester.