Tracking a Lost Place: April 25, 2013

Lost Communities students fan out over the area of the Union Pacific stockyards at old Broughton. Rapid tree growth has reclaimed the townsite, bulldozed in 1966 to create the spillway for Milford Reservoir. Using 1900 plat maps, students were able to estimate where the rail line ran and the location of the shipping pens and…

Chapman Center Interns in the Field!

There’s research and then there’s research…spring intern Rebecca Hall explored Mushroom Rock State Park in Ellsworth County last weekend, scoping out the land and environment for her study of the vanished community of Terra Cotta. The terrain of Kansas is unexpectedly diverse. Each tiny town and village making up our 9,000 or so lost places…

FLINT HILLS FIELD TRIP: ABOVE GROUND ARCHAEOLOGY

On April 4, Lost Kansas Communities class explored the rocky pastures of northern Wabaunsee County. They were working with a portion of a township survey from 1880, learning about the terrain and how surveyors represented it, where early property boundaries lay, sites of old springs, orchards, and homesteads. This information will allow students to analyze…

Congrats to two researchers!

On April 3, undergraduate research assistant Angela Schnee presented a poster in Topeka for Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. Her project is titled “The Chinese Laundries of Wichita, Kansas: A Portrait of an Immigrant Community on the Western Frontier, 1880-1905.” A senior geography major with GIS training, Angela created original maps showing the location…

Meet the new CHS interns!

Congrats to current Chapman intern Rebecca Hall (on left), history, and Billie Chesney, agriculture, for qualifying as research interns for an interesting CHS grant.  Becky and Billie will work this summer and next fall to track down, record, and make accessible  materials relative to farm co-ops in Kansas. These co-ops were and are a vital…

CHAPMAN CENTER CONSERVES A COLLECTION

Saturday morning, March 30, five interns and former interns met to clean, organize, and preserve the photos, documents, and artifacts collected from Max Miller’s cabin last fall. In a bequest to Beach Museum of Art, Mr. Miller left an extraordinary personal collection of memorabilia, historic photos, personal photographs, and artifacts from his long life. Chapman…