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.