A Piece of the Past Museum Essay Contest

HBU A Piece of the Past Essay Contest

“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.

How to Enter

2017 Winners:

Piece of the Past Awards Winners with Dr. Stewart Morris

Grand Prize Winner:

Corrie McCloy, “American Zouave: Fighting in Style”

Southern History/American Architecture and Decorative Arts

1st   Christina Ta, “The Winnebago Indian: A Mysterious Doll and A People We Are Forever Connected to”

2nd   Veeronica Valle, “Dolls, Art, and Revolution: The Lay Figure Dolls for Jacques-Loui David’s The Coronation of Napoleon”

Dunham Bible Museum

Dunham Bible Museum Award Winners

1st   Jonathan Richie, “On the Style and Substance in Fragments of a Greek Manuscript”

2nd   Marisa Villarreal, “Clearing the Hurdles: The Gullah Bible of 2005


Art Museums

1st    Emilia Forbau, “Reclaiming the Christianized Jesus: Chagall’s Esquisse Pour L’Exode”

2nd   Abigail Sims, “Split Rings: An Exercise in Minimalism, or How I Met Modern Art and Learned to Love It”

Freshman/HBU Academy

1st   Alexander Hale, “War of the Boys: The Child’s Zouave Uniform”

2nd   Ana Kriletic, “The Bible As A Weapon of Defense: Julia Evelina Smith’s Translated Bible”


Plus Additional Prizes in Five Categories:
1. Museum of Southern History/American Architecture and Decorative Arts 1st place:  $500 2nd place $250
2. Dunham Bible Museum 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


View a list of prior winners


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