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Monday, May 13, 2013

Let the Research Begin!

And so it begins...

As the school year comes to a close and everyone pulls their hair out over finals, Rebecca and I are busting our butts to pull together our summer project.  Having met in a class called "Lost Kansas Communities," Becky and I have become very good friends.  We found that we share a love for the search, and the development of historical ideas.   I suppose I should tell you what we're doing.  Might be helpful if I fill in some blanks.

So, fellow undergraduate Rebecca Hall and I were chosen to conduct research on farmer cooperatives during the summer of 2013 so as to build a digital archive.  We will be working with K-State, the Chapman Center for Rural Studies, Dr. M.J. Morgan, Dr. Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, and Dr. Brian Briggeman.  So, turns out, Becky and I will be traveling across Kansas to collect pertinent historical information on our selected co-ops!  We want to learn how these co-ops have influenced our ways of life since the early 20th century; how have they influenced things such as population, the economy, agriculture and transportation?  Lots of questions to answer with only three months to answer them!

If YOU have any information, such as contacts, historical documents, or historical photographs that pertain to a Kansas co-op,  let us know!  We are always happy to accept guidance (though my dad would probably tell you otherwise! :] )!  Email us at  If you would like to hear more about our travels, the information we have found, photos, and maybe video footage,  Follow us this summer via our happy little blog.

Good luck with finals, and...
Welcome!  We are excited to have you join us in this journey! We are on a mission to uncover untold histories. The summer will be short, the weather hot and our humor is ALWAYS crazy (We try to make things fun :] ).  We're coming to a Co-op near YOU!  Let's get this thing started, shall we? :]

-Go State!

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