About Us: Fellows Biography
Burgess was a charter
member of the Center for Kansas Studies and on the
Washburn faculty since 1986. Advising students who choose
to minor in Kansas Studies and promoting the classes in Kansas
Studies have been important projects for her.
Now Professor Emeritus, Dr. Burgess created a course “Kansas and the Media" where students studied Kansas media pioneers and the impact
of the media on the history of the state. She has studied
Kansas territorial newspapers and has written articles and presented papers
about the territorial newspapers and their impact on the state.
Dr. Burgess wrote and edited a publication for the Kansas
State Historical Society about the historical markers in the state.
This publication, entitled “Kansas Historical Markers” is available
free-of-charge at the Kansas State Museum of History and at all
of the KSHS sites in the state.
For over 25 years she has studied different aspects of the
Oregon/California Trail in Kansas. From the trail corridor
to the journals written by people who traveled west on the trail,
she has researched these subjects. She has written several
articles and presented numerous programs on these topics. After
studying 82 journals and letters written by travelers on the trail
in Kansas between 1831 and 1854, she wrote about their experiences
and about their descriptions of the trail environment in Kansas. Part
of this study was published as tour guides by the Kanza Chapter
of the Oregon/California Trail Association for the 2003 OCTA Convention, held in Manhattan, Kansas.
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