Sarah Oltrogge, (515)
history projects from across Iowa have earned recognition from the State Historical
Society of Iowa for increasing awareness of, and participation in, Iowa history
at the local level.
awards ceremony at the State Historical Building was held today for the recipients
of the State Historical Society’s 2004 Loren Horton Community History Awards.
These awards, as well as many others, are presented annually in conjunction with
National Historic Preservation Week. Groups were presented certificates of recogntion
by Anita Walker, State Historical Society administrator, and Peggy Whitworth,
State Historical Society Board chair.
Community History Award certificates of recognition are given in four categories:
Outstanding Event, Outstanding Use of Volunteers, Outstanding Project for an Educational
Activity, and Outstanding Research/Publication.
is named in honor of Loren Horton, who represented the State Historical Society
of Iowa in many capacities from 1973 until his retirement in 1996. As the Society’s
field services coordinator, and later, as senior historian, Horton’s work
brought him in close contact with many local historical organizations. In keeping
with that legacy, this award recognizes the best project that increases awareness
and participation in Iowa history on a local level. The award recognizes an individual,
group, or organization whose outstanding local history project was completed during
the previous calendar year.
of the 2004 certificates of recognition and their projects are:
Arlene Davisson, “1903 Reunion of Union Veterans of the Civil War by Gov.
Larrabee of Clermont”
This project stemmed from an effort to reenact the 1903 reunion of Union veterans
of the Civil War as sponsored by then Gov. William Larrabee of Clermont. The event
included a rededication of the Lincoln and Henderson statues in Clermont, along
with a parade. That evening there was a Grand Ball at the local high school. The
following day, a Civil War battle was re-created that drew about 1,000 spectators
to Montauk. Contact: Arlene Davisson, 563-423-5958.
of Volunteers (tie)
Bear Creek Church Rehabilitation, Vinton
This project consisted of salvaging and restoring a rural country church and an
adjoining cemetery. The church was no longer being used except to store flag poles
used in the cemetery
on Memorial Day weekend. Prior to that, the church was used as a voting site and
years before that it was a viable chapel. The governing body of the church considered
burning it as a means of disposal. When people became aware of this, a committee
was formed to save the building. This committee painted the exterior, put on a
new roof, painted and papered the interior and made the entrance handicap accessible.
The original pews and wooden floor have been left in their original state and
the Oak Round stove was given a new coat of blackening. Contact: Zelda Bower,
Society Museum Accessibility, New London
A stairway was added to make the second floor of this Dover Historical Society
Museum available for more exhibits. Many donated items that are presently in storage
will be displayed with the additional space available. A chairlift was also included
in order to make the expanded display easily accessible to disabled citizens.
The area under the stairs has been utilized as a storage area with the addition
of shelves on one side that have acid free boxes for clothing, and on the other,
storage for folding chairs. Contact: Carolyn Lehman, 319-367-5403.
for an Educational Activity
“Sesquicentennial Tours During Cornell College Homecoming, 2003”,
Cornell College and Professor Charles Milhauser
Charles Milhauser is a classics professor and registrar emeritus, as well as Cornell
College’s unofficial college historian. Over his 30 years at Cornell, Charles
created a personal archives of Cornell history on thousands of notecards. In 1980,
he began offering historical tours of the campus. At last count, he had conducted
365 such tours. For the sesquicentennial in 2003, he and the college offered enhanced
historical tours during Homecoming in October that incorporated eight actors reenacting
legendary characters from Cornell’s past. Charles wrote the original script
as well as the reenactment scripts. Several hundred alumni attended each of the
four tours. Response was so positive that the college will continue to offer the
reenactments annually at Homecoming, and possibly other times during the year.
Contact: Dee Ann Rexroat, 319-895-4241.
“Addendum to the Bedford Centennial History Book, 1953,” Bedford Sesquicentennial
This projects including the researching, writing and publishing of a business
history book, a continuance of the Centennial History Book published in 1953.
The project was a collaboration between the Sesquicentennial Committee, Chamber/Main
Street Organization, Bedford Historical Preservation Committee and the All School
Reunion Committee. Individuals from these committee and community historians researched,
wrote articles and provided photographs for the publication. Local businesses
are now selling the publication as a service to the project. Contact: Jill Poppa,
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