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

The  Museum of Southern History • The Dunham Bible Museum
The Museum of American Architecture and Decorative Arts • The Fine Arts Museum • Contemporary Art Gallery


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

And an Invitation for Each Winner to the Awards Dinner


All current HBU undergraduate and graduate students as well as HBU December 2014 graduates are eligible. You may submit as many as four essays but no more than one in a single museum category.

Choose from one of our many artifacts.

How to Enter:

You may choose any artifact or work of art in any of the five museums. Excluded are explanatory displays, facsimiles and reproductions.  Museum staff will be available to help orient students to the museum collections and to discuss possibilities. The Museum of Southern History, the Dunham Bible Museum, and the Museum of American Architecture and Decorative Arts are all located in the Joella and Stewart Morris Cultural Arts Center. The Fine Arts and Contemporary Art museums are located in the University Academic Center (UAC).
Write a 1,000 to 1,250-word essay on your chosen artifact or artwork.

Read the full essay guidelines.

The essay deadline will be 5PM Friday, February 20, 2015 (e-mailed to: ajoseph@hbu.edu). NO LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED!  The judges will evaluate the essays (including quality of the scholarly research, argument, organization, writing style, and documentation). The judges reserve the right to disqualify essays that do not meet the basic minimum requirements described in the essay guidelines.
The winners will be invited to an Awards Dinner to be held in March 2014.  The winner for each specific prize, including the grand prize, will be announced at the dinner.
The winning freshmen essays will be selected from the essays submitted in the four museum categories. Freshman status will be accorded to students with fewer than 32 earned college credit hours at the beginning of Fall 2014.
Visit the museums or the museum website at www.hbu.edu/museums or contact Dr. Anthony Joseph.

“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.