Welcome our New Spring 2017 Interns

Join us in welcoming two new Spring 2017 interns to the Chapman Center for Rural Studies: Rachel Hein and Shaun Knipp!

Rachel Hein

Rachel Hein

Hello, my name is Rachel Hein. I am a junior at Kansas State University majoring in history and from a small town in Kansas by the name of Andale. It is in Sedgwick County, which is northwest of Wichita.

When it comes to books, movies, or television shows, I will read or watch almost anything. I’m an avid reader and Netflix watcher. I love how a person can get lost in a good book or TV show and – for a moment – feel like they too are a part of that scene.

I also like to travel to new places. My siblings and I like to travel to state and national parks around the United States. My favorite – at the moment – is Zion National Park in Utah.

My project will focus on the material history of artifacts from Diamond Springs, Morris County, Kansas. I will also do an oral history with a long ago resident of Diamond Springs and owner of the project artifacts.

After I graduate, I hope to move to graduate school and onto museum work, possibly as an archivist. I am stoked to be an intern for the Chapman Center for Rural Studies. I look forward to making new friends and gaining more knowledge of what it really takes to be a researcher.

Shaun Knipp

Shaun Knipp

Shaun Knipp is our next Chapman Center “first-semester intern.” He is a senior studying secondary education with an emphasis in social studies. He will student teach this Fall semester.

He will be working on a project detailing the history of a local ranch. Shaun will piece together the public records and genealogical ties related to the property and figure out the role the ranch played in the shaping of the Flint Hills community.

He will also conduct several interviews with people in the surrounding community. Shaun will also develop his skills with photography and drones as well as video editing. He will also learn to incorporate GIS information into the project.

He is extremely excited about this opportunity knowing he will employ this experience into his future classrooms!

You are welcome to drop in and meet the interns and staff of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies!


Welcome Fall 2016 Interns!

Meet the Chapman Center for Rural Studies’ three new interns: Brandon, Bo, and Mallory.

They have joined the Center while we usher in the “Going Home: Hidden Histories of the Flint Hills” exhibit. Each have helped prepare thematic and town displays, clean artifacts, and keep the coffee flowing!

Brandon Williams, CCRS 2016 Fall InternBrandon Williams

I am a sophomore history major; I plan on finishing my undergraduate degree by 2021 before pursuing a PhD. I hope to one day be a historian who emphasizes research on small rural towns.

I am currently working on an inventory of a collection of articles donated to the Washington County Historical Society in tandem with the Lueb Camera Collection. In addition to this, I am going to be creating a second inventory on a collection of glass plate negative photographs taken of the small town of Clifton, Kansas, held in the town’s museum. I was born in Springfield, Missouri, but spent much of my life growing up in Kansas City, Kansas. I am a member of a large, blended family. My step-mother is a Kansas State University alumni and was a pivotal part to my coming to K-State for college.

Outside of my family, I am passionate about being outdoors, as I hunt, fish, and trek hiking trails. When not outdoors I enjoy writing, pottery, and spending time with my friends.


Bo Lin, CCRS Fall 2016 InternLin Bo

I’m currently a senior from Guangzhou, an hour west of Hong Kong, China. I want to pursue graduate school in Europe and expand my perspectives on correlation between the past, current, and the future. I would like to be in the field of Medieval Studies in the future education.

I am working on a project that relates to a monastery in Scipio, a vanishing town in Anderson County, Kansas. I am focusing on a mission that this monastery was sent out to Texas in 1881. I’m excited to be researching religious history and contributing to the Chapman Center.

I like playing chess when I am free because it is literally a game about history. I also like debating with people and discussing current events. After all, we all live in history.


Mallory Harrell, CCRS 2016 Fall InternMallory Harrell

I am a senior majoring in history and am planning to graduate May 2017. My current plans following graduation include furthering my experience working in the fields of either public or archival history. I also plan on pursuing a graduate program in either museum studies or library science.

My internship project primarily involves the production of a history and inventory for a series of primary source documents pertaining to the Clay Center Library Club. This project will be in collaboration with both the Chapman Center for Rural Studies as well as the Clay Center Historical Society, as the documents I will be examining are recent additions to their collections. I’m especially thrilled to be conducting research on a subject that has never before been explored and one that relates to my love of literature. I am also generally excited for the opportunities that the Chapman Center may make possible through the experiences I’ll have here throughout the semester.

I’m from a small town near Kansas City called Tonganoxie. I’m a lover of history and all things literary.  I have my history-teacher mother and speech-teacher father to thank respectively for each of these. I also share a love of discussing theater, animation, film, and several other visual mediums with my sister Lauren. In my spare time, I can often be found exercising, watching history documentaries or reading classical literature.

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.


Meet Chapman Center Interns at K-State Open House


Have you wondered what Chapman Center interns really do?

Got a lead on a Lost Town you’d like to share?

Curious about what K-State has to offer you?

Now’s your chance to meet our fantastic four interns and learn more about all things PURPLE at K-State’s Open House this Saturday, April 11, 8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.!

You’ll find the Chapman Center for Rural Studies booth in the Student Union and on the same floor as the BookStore. Ask about current research, view the Chapman Center highlight reel, and look through some of the Chapman Center publications.

Don’t miss it!

Check out the Open House promo video. Get inspired.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YNEipJ_u_g

Changing Seasons

Please join us in welcoming the new and returning interns, as well as new staff to the Chapman Center this fall! In addition to the new interns this fall, we a new Digital Humanities Graduate Teaching Assistant, Kelly Dyer. Our new staff and interns will be bringing new life to our Lost Communities Archive and our K-State webpage, as well as increasing our presence on social media! You can check out the new changes to the archive here. We’re excited to introduce you to our new and returning interns who will be working in the Chapman Center this fall!

Senior, Haley Claxton (Left)

Pictured here (left) with her sister, Courtney, in front of the Claxton Fruitcake company in Claxton, GA, Haley is a senior History major and English minor. Finding out that there was a town that shared her family name was the highlight of her summer whirlwind tour of the South with her family! (Though it was named only after being told that the original name, “Hendricks,” was already taken, and there is much dispute about who “Claxton” may have been, it was still exciting for her to find a personal link to history.) When not spending time traveling this summer, she studied for the Law School Admissions Test. Haley hopes for a future law career that includes following in the footsteps of Indiana Jones (but in a business suit) to ensure historical artifacts can be acquired by museums so they can be more easily shared with the public. Along with reading and studying immense piles of books on presidential assassinations and public memory of historical events, Haley spends time as a member of the KSU Mock Trial Team, Arts and Sciences Ambassadors, and Mortar Board Senior Honorary.Haley can’t wait to get started on a new and exciting internship with the Chapman Center!

Returning Intern Jessica Hermesch, junior in Public Relations.

Jessica Hermesch is a junior in public relations with a minor in history and is returning for a second semester as a Chapman Center Intern. This fall, Hermesch is researching the Underground Railroad through Nemaha County, Kansas. She is also researching the life and military involvement of George Adams Sr., a WWI veteran with multiple descendents who have been involved in both K-State and the US military. Jessica is a member of the K-State chapter of PRSSA, and the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications Ambassadors. She also works as a Tutor Coordinator in K-State’s Writing Center. After graduation, Jessica hopes to work in the public relations field, preferable in event planning.

Michael Spachek is a junior majoring in history. He grew up interested in history specifically the first hundred years of the MichaelUnited States centered on the Revolutionary and Civil War eras and World War II. Michael’s interest in the Civil War took off in high school when he visited Gettysburg and Fords Theater in Washington D.C. Michael is in his first semester as a history major since switching from wildlife biology after taking a course on African American Kansas and being accepted as an intern at the Chapman Center. His research uses his experience with maps, topography, and historic map interpretation. After graduating Michael hopes to go to graduate school for public history and work at a historic site educating the public as well as maintaining and researching public history.

BlakeBlake Latchman, from Chicago, IL, will graduate this May with a BA in History. Blake is currently seeking full time employment after graduation, but with no concrete plans, he is excited to find out where he will land. Blake intends to study urban planning in graduate school, and hopes to become a city planner. Blake has a passion for food, travel, design, and fashion. This photograph with his pal FDR was taken in Washington DC this past summer over the 4th of July weekend.

Join us in welcoming our interns and new staff! You can continue to follow our work here and on Facebook and Twitter!

Fall 2013 has a New Face. (Quite a few of them, actually.)

Welcome new semester, new staff.

From left to right: Rebecca Hall, Matthew Leverich, Matthew Cantril, Billie Chesney

From right to left: Rebecca Hall, Matthew Leverich, Matthew Cantril, Billie Chesney

We have a lot of new faces this semester. Our new interns this academic year are Matthew Leverich and Matthew Cantril (we call them the “Matts”) who will be joining the experienced Billie Chesney and Rebecca Hall in new and exciting research projects this year. Stay tuned for updates on what they’re working on in later blog posts. Katie Goerl has returned to us as the new Graduate Brunswick Researcher and Ryan Bach, also a Graduate Student in History, is going to assist her in a large project for the Brunswick Corporation, generous sponsors of academic projects and grants. You might already be familiar with Dr. Lynn-Sherow, the Director of the Chapman Center, and Dr. Morgan, the Director of Research at the Center, who have been with the Center from day one. Through their help and research experience the Undergraduate and Graduate researchers have been able to work on hundreds of “lost” towns in Kansas, a rather unique look at rural Kansas throughout its history.

From left to right: Dr. MJ Morgan, Hayley Taylor, Amanda Dempster, Dr. Bonnie Lynn-Sherow

From left to right: Dr. MJ Morgan, Hayley Taylor, Amanda Dempster, Dr. Bonnie Lynn-Sherow

But that’s not all, the office has quite a few new faces too. Amanda Dempster has taken over the position of Office Manager. If she looks familiar, that’s because she’s a recent alum of K-State’s History Department, receiving her BS in both History and Sociology. Along for the ride are Student Assistants, Hayley Taylor, Junior in Kinesiology and Pre-Physical Therapy at K-State, and Kaitlyn Gormley, Junior in Social Work at K-State.

From left to right: Dr. Suzanne Orr, Dr. Derek Hoff, Tim Gresham, Dr. Virgil Dean; Not shown: Dr. Jim Sherow

From left to right: Dr. Suzanne Orr, Dr. Derek Hoff, Tim Gresham, Dr. Virgil Dean; Not shown: Dr. Jim Sherow


Even the Kansas History Editorial staff has a few new names to add to the mix. We’re excited to welcome Dr. Suzanne Orr as the Consulting Editor for the Journal and to K-State itself. Along with her husband, Dr. Andrew Orr, they’ve made their home in Manhattan – two new faculty members in the History Department, and a new addition to the K-State Family.



To learn more about each new addition to our Faculty and Staff here at Chapman Center for Rural Studies, go to our website to see what everyone has to say about themselves.