Lost Kansas Communities class and Dr. Morgan did field work at Broughton Town Site on a sunny April afternoon. Students had rough maps of the original layout of the town and found evidence of many structures, railway levees, buildings, and sidewalk pieces. Broughton, Clay County, was demolished by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1966 to create Milford Reservoir.
Two weeks ago, Chapman Center graduate research assistants Theresa Young and Daron Blake along with the Center’s director, Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, attended the 2012 Great Plains Symposium in Lincoln, Nebraska. The event was entitled “1862-2012: The Making of the Great Plains” and centered on landmark legislations enacted in 1862: The Homestead Act, The Morrill Land-Grant Act, and The Pacific Railroad Act.
Theresa presented her master’s research entitled Living Tools: Tree Use in Nineteenth Century Kansas and fielded many questions from an interested audience.
The three of them had the opportunity to meet historians and other members of the history field from around North America and found the event to be very exciting. Featured speakers included Donald Worster of KU, Elliott West of the University of Arkansas, Martin Jischke of Purdue University, Richard White of Stanford University, William G. Thomas, III of UNL, Myron Gutmann of the University of Michigan, and David Von Drehle, Editior-at-Large of Time Magazine.
The three had a great time staying in the historic Haymarket Square and walking around historic downtown Lincoln.
Dr. Elliott West
Dr. Martin Jischke
2011-2012 Chapman Intern Katie Jones presented her research on March 13, 2012, to an audience at Lyon County Historical Society in Emporia. Katie is studying languages and has applied this interest to languages spoken by Kansas settlers before 1900. Her talk, titled “The French and Welsh Languages and Settlement in Eastern Kansas,” was of keen interest to many Emporia residents descended from original Welsh families.
On March 4, Katie attended services in Emporia to celebrate St. David’s Day, the patron Welsh saint. Parts of this special service are still in Welsh. Katie was able to videotape the Welsh portions of the liturgy. She also interviewed several Welsh descendants who gave her valuable information. Her paper on the early French community around St. Joseph’s Church in Cloud County is posted in the Lost Town Collection on Chapman Center digital archives. https://lostkscommunities.omeka.net/items/show/43
Katie’s project on the Welsh, including some families settling in Geary County, will become part of Chapman Center’s K-REX collection, Kansas History and Life. Katie will graduate this May from KSU and hopes eventually to work in a consulate.