The Chapman Center for Rural Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences is happy to announce the selection of four Kansas State student consultants for its “Making the Leap: The Future of Small Historical Societies and Museums” project. These students will be working with eight selected pilot communities across the state of Kansas to guide them in planning for the future. Led by Center Director Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, who was awarded a $100,000 NEH Public Access grant in 2017, the four selected students will work in two teams over the summer of 2019 and complete their fellowships in January of 2020.

Jacob Allen is a graduate student pursuing his masters degree in military history. Allen will be working with Jessie Carmichael, a senior in K-State’s five-year master’s program in landscape architecture with a minor in biology. Carmichael and Allen will be working with historical societies in Wilson, Junction City, Dickinson and Ellsworth.

The second team of NEH scholars will be graduate studets Hailey Quick and Bradley Galka. Quick is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she studied printmaking and fine art. Hailey’s work reflects her upbringing in the tight knit communities of rural Louisiana. She is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in printmaking.

Galka is a PhD student in the history department at Kansas State University and assistant editor of the Online Journal of Rural Research and Policy. He recently completed transcription of a Flint Hills oral history book by Patrick Sauble and Lynn-Sherow that is now in press. Galka and Quick will serve as museum consultants to four communities: Clay Center, Council Grove, Matfield Green and Cherryvale.

This project is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities together with a $100,000 match provided to the Center through charitable gifts made to Kansas State University via the Kansas State University Foundation.