5th Annual, “A Piece of the Past” Essay Contest Winners
Museum Essay Contest

The Winners for the 2015 "A Piece of the Past" essay contest were announced at an awards dinner March 23, 2015. They are pictured in the above photo, left to right: Nicholas Van Cleve, Katherine Denise Brown, Jeramiah Macha, Kyra Brown, Evan Huegel, Dr. Stewart Morris, Victoria Simms, Doris M. Benavides, Colton Roath, Jonathan Richie (absent winners: Elizabeth Wilkerson, Blake Richards.) The winning essays were the following:

GRAND PRIZE

 
Nicholas Van Cleve, “Into the Heavens: The Lunar Bible”
 
SOUTHERN HISTORY MUSEUM
 
1st        Colton Michael Roath, “The Colt Revolver and Its Role In American Gun Culture”
 
2nd       Elizabeth Wilkerson, “War Poster: The Home Front Reflected on a Single Printed Page”
 
AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS
 
1st        Victoria Simms, “A Piece of the Past: The Kewpie Doll”
 
2nd       Evan Huegel, “In Defense of Dolls: An Argument for the Return of Dolls As Art”
 
DUNHAM BIBLE MUSEUM
 
1st        Jonathan Richie, “Faience Ushabti: The Purpose and Religion of the Egyptian
Ushabti”
 
2nd       Kyra Brown, “The Julia Evelina Smith Bible: Changing Society’s Rules—The First
Woman to Translate the Bible”
 
ART MUSEUMS
 
1st        Katherine Denise Brown, “Icons—Truth that Transcends Time: Icon of the
Entry of Christ Into Jerusalem”
 
2nd       Jeremiah Macha, “English Portraiture and Engraving: The Reynolds Mezzotint
Files”
 
FRESHMEN
 
1st       Blake Richards, “The Surrender of Galveston and the Battle to Win It Back”
(Southern History Museum)
 
2nd       Doris M. Benavides, “Girls Gone Wild: The Flapper Dress” (Southern History
Museum)



GRAND PRIZE: $1,500


Plus Additional Prizes in Five Categories:
1. Museum of Southern History 1st place:  $500 2nd place $250
2. Dunham Bible Museum 1st place:  $500 2nd place $250
3. The Museum of Decorative Arts 1st place:  $500 2nd place $250
4. Fine Arts /Contemporary Art  Museums 1st place:  $500 2nd place $250
5. Best Freshman Essays 1st place:  $500 2nd place $250

“A Piece of the Past” Museum Essay Contest was inaugurated in 2010-2011 to encourage student research into the artifacts of the Dunham Bible Museum, the Museum of American Architecture and Decorative Arts, and the Museum of Southern History.   

Funding for the contest has been generously provided by The Joella and Stewart Morris Foundation and Mr. Isaac Heimbinder.