Local man appointed to state board

By The Mercury

TOPEKA — Governor Sam Brownback recently appointed David Vail of Manhattan to the Kansas Humanities Council Board of Directors. He joins a 22-member board representing leaders from across the state.

David Vail is an assistant professor with Kansas State University Libraries and serves as public services archivist with K-State’s Morse Department of Special Collections.

Vail specializes in environmental history, history of the American West, and Kansas history.

His research focuses on the history of aerial spraying, pesticides, and agriculture in the North American Grasslands.

He has also done extensive humanities and heritage consulting work with multiple historical societies and museums.

The Kansas Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization that supports community-based cultural programs, serves as a

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