Milling history collection donated to KSU

by Emily Wilson
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MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. — Richard Ferrell, the current president of the Association of Operative Millers, and his wife, Wendy, of Leawood, Kansas, have made an initial gift of U.S.$48,000 to the Kansas State University Foundation to establish the Richard Ferrell Flour Milling Industry History Collection.

K-State’s Hale Library will house the The Ferrell Collection in its special collections department, where it will be used as a revolving display at the new Grain Science Complex upon its completion. (See related story on page 52.)

The Ferrell Collection features a variety of historical items relating to the milling industry.

"Both Wendy and I are excited that K-State has agreed to accept, display and care for my collection," Ferrell said. "The acquisition, study and home display of these materials over the years has been a real joy, but recent concern over the ultimate disposition has been troubling. Thanks to the KSU Foundation, my fundamental goal of providing students and operatives of the industry a permanent forum to further their historical knowledge and widen their appreciation of both the fine art and science of milling has been realized."

"The Department of Grain Science and Industry is most grateful to Dick for this outstanding historical contribution," Brendan Donnelly, head of the Grain Science and Industry Department at Kansas State University.