Welcome to the Companion Website of the Exhibit Going Home : Hidden Histories of Flint Hills
Produced by the Chapman Center for Rural Studies
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|Oral History Workshop (10/12/2016)|
|Share your Stories Weekend (11/12/2016)|
|The Future of the Flint Hills (11/17/2016)|
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|1) Wells Creek Town, Wabaunsee County (10/19/2016)|
|2) Edgerton/Gardner Town, Johnson County (10/19/2016)|
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Hidden Histories of the Flint Hills
Hidden Histories of the Flint Hills, produced by the Chapman Center for Rural Studies in cooperation with the Flint Hills Discovery Center.
Laura Ingalls Wilder once said, “Home is the nicest word there is.” Everyone yearns for a place to call home – a place of unconditional love and acceptance. One of the oldest narratives in human history - from Homer to Hollywood - we feel happy when we think about Going Home.
This exhibit was inspired by Mark Chapman’s love for his hometown, Broughton, Kansas. Condemned for flood control and bulldozed into fragments in 1966, Broughton remained alive in the hearts and minds of those who called it home for more than a century. Mr. Chapman’s connections to his home and to Kansas moved him to create and fund the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at Kansas State University in 2008. Ever since, undergraduate students have been busy uncovering the stories of nearly-forgotten communities across the state, most of them in the Flint Hills. Connecting students to community residents through oral history, photos, and hands-on research in small historical societies has benefited students and communities both in powerful ways. Students see the world through a new lens and rural residents are pleased to share their memories with a new generation of Kansas scholars. The information presented in this exhibit was researched and written by K-State students, guided by faculty mentors, and illustrated with restored images that have rarely or never been displayed before this current exhibition.
This exhibit was supported by a behest from Mr. Mark Chapman and by a gift from his wife, Cheryl Mellenthin. It was curated by Chapman Center Executive Director, Dr. Bonnie Lynn-Sherow to showcase years of student research under the guidance of Research Director, Dr. MJ Morgan. Tom Parish, MFA, and his student team, were responsible for images and overall exhibit design.
Children can download the activity book and play around with this.