Monday, September 1, 2008

Center at Emporia State University Receives Grant

The Center for Great Plains Studies on the Emporia State University campus has received a $25,000 grant from the Kansas Humanities Council. The grant is to study F.M. Steele, a pioneer Kansas photographer.

From The Emporia Gazette:
"In 1890 at age 24 Steele arrived in Dodge City, where he outfitted a buggy with a portable darkroom and ventured out onto the open range to photograph cowboys at work. Over the next four and a half decades Steele documented all aspects of life in the southwestern plains: farming, railroad construction, irrigation projects, sugar production, small town life, rural scenes, and people."

In addition to a number of meetings to be held at the Kansas History Center in Topeka, the Center will mount a traveling exhibit of Steele's photographs.

Read the full story from The Emporia Gazette here.

Visit Emporia University's Center for Great Plains Studies here.

Photo taken by F.M. Steele (Library of Congress [USZ62-55220])

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