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    The life and times of highland cemetery
    (Wichita State University, 2017-04-28) Myers, Barbara; Price, Jay M., 1969-
    A reconstruction of the history of Highland Cemetery, the city's first cemetery, which was first used in 1868. The City of Wichita assumed responsibility for the cemetery in 1982. Indications are that the cemetery is segregated, and this project will either prove or disprove that hypothesis. Method: Research is being completed using cemetery records, mortuary records, newspaper articles and obituaries, census records, personal interviews with family members and printed literature based on the time period. Result: The data found in this research will aid in the preservation of the largely forgotten, historical cemetery. Additionally, it will help with an understanding of racial, economic and gender barriers in burial practices in Wichita, as well as a historical understanding of cause of death in various time frames.
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    Protestant missionaries and Native Americans: A study of history and memory
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2014-04-25) Flory, Lynsay Sue; Price, Jay M., 1969-
    This study examines the portrayal of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, Protestant missionaries who worked among the Cayuse tribe in Washington. By utilizing sources such as academic text, personal reminiscence, and film, I argue that popular American memory of missionaries like the Whitmans has been twisted in two opposite directions: as civilizing saviors of savages, and as annihilators of culture. Such transformations are dependent both on the sources consulted, and the reality that society interprets those materials through their current cultural lens. Where memory is concerned, it is not the facts, but rather the perspective of the memory holder that matters most.
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    Reviving the classical dead: Roman epitaphs to demonstrate social continuity and change concerning married women
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2014-04-25) Thompson, Kori; Loftus, Ariel
    This research aims to investigate the avenues of continuity and change concerning attitudes toward and virtues attributed to Roman women, both pagan and Christian, from the first to the fifth century C.E. Romans felt it necessary to commemorate their dead by way of monuments and inscriptions. Analysis of the plethora of funerary epitaphs from this period reveals how the various streams of continuity and change affected female social status, religious placement, and allows us to gain a deeper understanding of a social group that was often left voiceless.
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    Stone ties: the analysis of Pratt phase materials in South-Central Kansas
    (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2012-06-15) Macaluso, Nicholas E.; Hughes, David T.
    This thesis project presents a short archaeological history of what is currently known as the Pratt Complex and a comprehensive analysis of the Pratt artifact assemblages held at Wichita State University, the University of Kansas, and the Kansas State Historical Society. The purpose of this analysis is to provide as detailed a description of these Pratt-related materials as possible in the absence of comprehensive excavations or feature data. This provides the basis for defining the Pratt Phase and for outlining elements of continuing research that needs to be done.
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    Saloons: eat, drink, and be civil
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School., 2012-04-18) Rhodes, Austin Charles; Price, Jay M., 1969-
    Through Hollywood and dime novels the old west saloons have achieved a mythic status. Saloons are almost always shown as exciting places full of gambling, prostitution and violence. A place where a person was just as likely to get shot as they were to get a drink. There is a grain of truth to every myth. The myth of saloons in no exception. With the utilization of newspapers County Commissioner minutes, and other primary sources from 1865 through 1881 I will examine violence and services within saloons, in order to create a better picture of the true role of drinking establishments at that time. One of the biggest myths around saloons involves the frequency of violence. While there is a significant amount of articles in newspapers regarding violence, shootings, and robberies at saloons it is nowhere near what is frequently portrayed in movies. Variety and services help to illustrate a more complete picture of the old saloon. Because of the great number of different types of saloons, with foods from different cultures each one was a gathering place for different socio-economic groups. The reality of old west saloons is a key place of culture within the community.
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