Katie Brummett and Dr. M.J. Morgan
Finalist and Honorable Mention Winner for the Broughton Prize is junior education major Katie Brummett, who researched the elusive community known as Moehlman’s Bottoms south of Manhattan. Many of these lost communities across Kansas were named for settlers and river bottoms. Katie’s portrait is titled, “Henry Moehlman’s Dream,” and traces the fortunes of a small group of homesteaders in the Kaw River floodplain. These farms gradually coalesced into a named community. The 1951 Flood destroyed the old stone Moehlman School, the last vestige of this hamlet, except for striking stone farmhouses built by the Moehlman brothers. Katie says, “Over the course of the research, I gradually began to feel tied to this place. It became really important to me.” Congrats, Katie!
You can read her paper here—>browse?search=Katie+Brummett&submit_search=Search
At Chapman Center’s Anniversary Open House on February 24, we awarded the first Broughton Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Regional Kansas History. The winners were a team of history majors, Jake Flynn, senior, and Adam Rosendahl,sophomore, for their thorough and contributory project titled, “Lasting Relationships out of Unwarranted Fear: the POW Camp in Wabaunsee, Kansas 1944-1945.”
This project fulfills Mr. Chapman’s dream for Chapman Center: that undergraduates engage meaningfully with the rural population and its fast-disappearing history, so often preserved only in minds and memories. Adam and Jake interviewed one of the only living persons to recall the German prisoners of war — Mr. Roger Schwam of Alma, Kansas. The above photo – Adam is shown standing by the award poster.
Mark Chapman was pleased to be able to present the first award, named for his hometown of Broughton, Kansas, destroyed in 1966 to create Milford Reservoir. Dr. Morgan, Adam's research director on the project, comments that some of the photographs Adam and Jake found of the camp and its prisoners were tacked to the wall at a bar and grill near Lake Wabaunsee! "You have to dig to find this kind of valuable evidence," she said. "Adam and Jake were like badgers with this research." Adam is the son of Dirk and Caren Rosendahl of Leavenworth, Kansas. He is in ROTC as well as carrying a full academic load. Kudos!