On September 15, Dr. Morgan’s Lost Kansas Communities class took a field trip to Templin, a Wabaunsee County settlement established in 1860. Originally named Berlin by the German Lutherans who first settled there, this vanished community provided an excellent opportunity for students to get more hands-on with their learning and explore outside of the classroom.
Once there, students examined the old town site in order to piece together information about this lost community. There was a stone fort on the site that was built in anticipation for an attack from Kaw Indians and although an attack never took place, it still served as a place of protection for some families. A school and church were also built in 1865. Students were able to visit many areas of the Templin neighborhood, including the stone fort, the schoolhouse, and two nearby cemeteries.