4th Annual, “A Piece of the Past”
Museum Essay Contest

Winners of the 2014 "A Piece of the Past"  museum essay contest were announced March 27, 2014 at a special dinner for participants at the River Oaks Country Club.  Essays from the contest can be read here.


GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Andrew S. Jimenez, “America’s Heroes: Houston’s WWI Training Camp” (Southern History Museum)
 
 

MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS

  • 1st       Justin R. Brittain, “Transcending the Toy Box:  The Changing Meaning of the Doll”
  • 2nd     Katie L. Kuhlman, “Always Remembered: A Human Hair Decoration from VictorianTimes”


DUNHAM BIBLE MUSEUM

  • 1st       Nicholas Van Cleve, “The Scroll of Esther: Catharsis on Vellum—A Triumph Celebrated”
  • 2nd     Hayley DeBolt, “The Making of the King James Bible”


MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN HISTORY

  • 1st       Kyra Brown, “More Than Just A Mammy: The Story Behind the Historic Academy Award Win of Hattie McDaniel”
  • 2nd     Dayna C. Patterson, “Violence and Hate Without Reason”: A Ku Klux Klan Hood of the 1920s”


FINE ARTS MUSEUM AND CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY

  • 1st       Tia Lee Wettman, “Chagall’s Symbolism: Esquisse Pour L’Exode”
  • 2nd     Nathan Cobb, “The Matterhorn: A Spirit of Adventure


FRESHMAN CATEGORY

  • 1st       Elizabeth J. Shecterle, “A Different Kind of Surgery: A Civil War Era Surgeon’s Set” 
  • 2nd     Samuel J. DeForke, “The Model 1842 Percussion Pistol - Its Time in History”


“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.  1st and 2nd place awards, of $500 and $250  respectively, are given for essays for each of the Museums.  The Grand Prize Winner receives $1500.   In 2013, a fourth category of "Freshman Essays" was also established, with 1st and 2nd place awards. In 2014, the Fine Arts Museum and Contemporary Art Gallery were added as participants.   

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


List of Winners for 2013

Museum of Decorative Arts



Dunham Bible Museum



Museum of Southern History



Freshman Category



Honorable Mention