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Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS 66506-0100)
Bonnie Lynn-Sherow (Project Director: May 2017 to present)
Making the Leap: The Future of Rural Historical Societies and Museums

A training and professionalization program for staff and volunteers in small historical societies and museums across rural Kansas.

The Chapman Center for Rural Studies at Kansas State University, a digital undergraduate research laboratory in history, will build on their decade of experience with small community museums to provide a roadmap for growth and change into the foreseeable future.  With funding from a Humanities Access Grant, the Chapman Center will train four beginning graduate students in facilitating, writing and initial implementation of short and long term local museum and historical society planning documents to mount effective exhibits, collections and programming for families, schools and community members.

Project fields:
Public History; Rural Studies

Humanities Access Grants

Challenge Programs

Totals (matching):
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (offered)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 9/30/2020


Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS 66506-0100)
Bonnie Lynn-Sherow (Project Director: October 2008 to March 2012)
Lost Kansas: Recovering the Legacy of Kansas Places and People

The development of an online repository that would enable students to use primary sources to document rural Kansas communities.

The Lost Kansas project utilizes our previous experience with undergraduate primary research to create an innovative student-directed digital classroom to create multi-dimensional portraits of lost Kansas communities. Lost Kansas will: foster a new culture of undergraduate research by creating a dynamic learning environment through digital technology; cultivate faculty dialogue about the benefits of interdisciplinary teaching through digital technology and establish engagement between the University and rural Kansans through an open source online repository for sources collected by students. This project will develop tools for preserving digital resources and using those resources for educating students and disconnected community members who will finally have access to their own stories. In short, the Lost Kansas project will become a prototype for an innovative new classroom/community outreach experience that can be adapted to other programs at Kansas State University and beyond.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Digital Humanities

$24,987 (approved)
$24,987 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2009 – 12/31/2010