The department offers several books for sale. Some are the products of Wichita State
students or alumni. Some were originally from Rowfant Press. Proceeds help support
publication and research within the department. To obtain a copy, please email the department at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hunting and Trading on the Great Plains 1859-1875
A flagship work from the former Rowfant Press, this compilation of writings from Wichita
founder James R. Mead is one of the best discussions of south central Kansas in the
Luke the Longhorn: Chisholm's Trail
A graphic novel that tells the story of Wichita through eyes of a lovable longhorn
named Luke. This first book in a trilogy takes the reader along the Chisholm Trail
to a trading post settlement that was to become Wichita. The artwork of Wichita State
alum Miles Foley brings to life the text by Matt Pacholski and Wichita State students
Andrea Wilson and Lisa Duran. Price $5.95
Luke the Longhorn: The Four Horsemen
In this second in the Luke the Longhorn graphic novel series, Luke and his friends
witness Wichita and Park City fight for railroad connections and the cattle trade.
The artwork of Wichita State alum Miles Foley brings to life the text by Wichita State
students Andrea Wilson and Lisa Duran.
Luke the Longhorn: The Peerless Princess of the Plains
Wichita in the 1870s had landed the cattle trade but now struggles with the consequences
in this last in the Luke the Longhorn Trilogy. The artwork of Wichita State alum Miles
Foley brings to life the text by Wichita State students Andrea Wilson and Lisa Duran.
Wichita Rock & Roll 1950s - 1980s
A celebration of the local rock music scene in Wichita featuring the bands, musicians
and venues that defined a generation of local youth. The graphic design work of Harry
Dobbin and the effort of the Wichita Rock Music History Project made this project
Wichita Jazz and Vice Between the World Wars
Based on the thesis of Wichita State student Joshua Yearout, this study of Wichita
in the 1920s and 1930s discusses how the Jazz scene and the music scene connected...or
Honky-Tonkers & Western Swingers: Stories of Country Music in Wichita, Kansas
Honky-Tonkers & Western Swingers: Stories of Country Music in Wichita, Kansas. In this book, Orin Friesen explores the history of Country Music in Wichita during
the 20th century. The emphasis is on performers who were born in Wichita, began their careers
in the city, or spent a significant time there.
Goat Glands to Ranch Hands: The KFDI Story
Goat Glands to Ranch Hands: The KFDI Story. This book presents the history or the Wichita’s AM radio station that became known
as KFDI. From its beginnings as WAAP in Wichita in 1922, Orin Friesen and Bud Noman
trace the station’s history, as KFKB, owned by the infamous “goat gland doctor,” John
R. Brinkley, to the Farmers & Bankers Insurance Company’s KFBI, to Hollywood stars,
Mary Pickford and Buddy Rogers’ KIRL, and finally to Great Empire Broadcasting’s KFDI.