Welcome to the research collections of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at Kansas State University. Initiated in 2010, this digital archive features the contributions of undergraduate students to the history of Kansas and of communities in jeopardy of being forgotten.  This project is supported by a behest from KSU alumunus Mark Chapman, donors, and by the National Endowment for the Humanities. For information about the Chapman Center, contact us at chapmancenter@ksu.edu

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Rago, Kingman County

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Rago, KS is the home of aviation pioneer, Clyde Cessna. Though the home of someone who was so important to the history of air travel, the town now…

Rock, Cowley County

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Rock is a small town situated southeast of Wichita between Augusta and Winfield. Established in 1869, Rock's population increased rapidly before…

Sylvia, Reno County

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This study describes the once burgeoning town of Sylvia in Reno County, Kansas. Propelled by local agriculture and a railroad line laid by the…