We do Biography!

Orchid Ramsey Jordan

Orchid Ramsey Jordan

You’ll find biography among Kansas place histories in Chapman Center for Rural Studies online archives.

With the Chapman Center for Rural Studies’ growing collection of lost community histories of Kansas (currently 147 and climbing), our undergraduate work is best known for recovering a sense of place.  Tiny faded towns – from Doniphan County in the northeast to Hamilton County in the southwest – spring to life again as students research and write about them.

Most of these places have no written history aside from a church history or a small entry in a county history.  Yet Kansas is more than its lost communities and more than its current thriving ones!

Kansas has been built and sustained through the energy of a truly remarkable population, and here at Chapman Center, we also celebrate the lives of our people.  Below are listed interesting bio-essays and the links to find them in our collections.  These studies prove that there are no “just plain Kansans.”  While their lives have not been illuminated until Chapman Center undergraduate students wrote about them, these are truly extraordinary, ordinary Kansans.

Morgan Snyder BaseballQuilter & Historian, Wabaunsee County
Ethel Mae Morgan: An African-American Biography Wabaunsee County, Kansas 1898-1989, by Lorraine Reimers http://goo.gl/TVNC1J

Small-town Clay County girl and Missouri State Representative
Generations of Achievement: The Family and Early Life ofOrchid Ramsey Jordan in Clay Center, Kansas, 1910–1928, by Haley Claxton http://othercollections.omeka.net/items/show/34

1930s Professional baseball player, Clay County
Morgan Snyder
 (1909-1990): Clay Center’s Contribution to Professional Baseball by Garrett Clerisse http://othercollections.omeka.net/items/show/31

George Earl Adams SrBrown County farm boy & WWI soldier: a legacy of military service
George Earl Adams, Sr.: The Beginning of a Legacy, by Jessica Hermesch http://othercollections.omeka.net/items/show/33

Journalist and author of Small World, Long Gone, Chautauqua County
Avis D. Carlson (1897-1987): Not Simply an “Obscure Housewife” by Erin Strathe http://othercollections.omeka.net/items/show/24

Union Army & Tennessee Colored Infantry veteran, successful Wabaunsee County farmer
A Look at the United States 101st Colored Infantry and the Free Life of John Sullivan  http://goo.gl/49N8l9


Chapman Center Summer Interns, Graduate Research Assistant, & Their Projects

Summer 2015 Busy with Research, Digitization, and Exhibit Development
Summer 2015: Chapman Center for Rural Studies interns, Graduate Research Assistant, and Executive Director

Summer 2015: Chapman Center for Rural Studies interns, Graduate Research Assistant, and Executive Director

The Chapman Center for Rural Studies welcomes three new interns (Alex Good, Trey Heitschmidt, and Patrick Moran) and one returning intern (Michael Spachek) for a summer of diving into history!

The Chapman Center continues to partner with organizations across town and around the state. K-State senior, Michael Spachek, is learning to digitize the Wabaunsee County Historical Society & Museum’s extensive collection of original glass plate negatives of settlers and places in the Flint Hills. Chapman Center Board of Directors member, Greg Hoots, author and archivist, has partnered with the Center to help launch the transfer of images from glass to digital memory.

Alex Good, also a senior, is working to capture photos, slides, and documents illustrating the rich history of the Historic Rogler Ranch. The ranch began with a long walk from Iowa to Kansas in 1859 and today is home to Pioneer Bluffs prairie heritage education center.

Maud (Tarr) Sauble, Champion Buckaroo, 1919   Photo courtesy of Pioneer Bluffs Foundation

Maud (Tarr) Sauble, Champion Buckaroo, 1919 Photo courtesy of Pioneer Bluffs Foundation

Trey Heitschmidt, junior in History, is helping to research the Lost Towns of the Flint Hills for a Chapman Center and Flint Hills Discovery Center joint exhibit opening September 2016. The exhibit will offer visitors the opportunity to add their stories to the Lost Town studies featured.

Son of a career Army officer, Patrick Moran, is a transfer student who is working on behalf of the Chapman Center with the City of Manhattan and Fort Riley Cavalry Museum to honor Riley County veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States. The auditorium, dedicated September 1955, adjoins the Manhattan City Hall offices and City Commission Room. Patrick’s work includes researching soldiers not currently remembered in the Peace Memorial.

Graduate Research Assistant for Digital Humanities, Katie Goerl, works directly with the interns and Chapman Center faculty to move our research, archives, and collaboration into the age of digital communication.