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special awards ceremony at the State Historical Building was held today for the
recipients of the State Historical Society’s 2005 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 recognition 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, Outstanding Research/Publication and Overall Winner.
The award 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.
recipients of the 2005 certificates of recognition and their projects are:
Certificate for Outstanding Program or Event
Recipient: Dr. Hugh Hammond, “Salute to Southern Iowa Coal Mining.”
This project was a community educational event celebrating Oskaloosa’s coal
heritage and educating its young people. Ten different workshops were held in
October, 2004, and two bus trips were taken to area mines. Michael Gipple of Mahaska
County Conservation Board conducted a program on fossils in the coal mines. Students
from William Penn University conducted a program illustrating the life of miners
in Buxton and how residents of Mahaska County interacted with the miners. Contact:
Dr. Hugh Hammond, Oskaloosa, 641-673-1116.
Certificate for Outstanding Project for an Education Activity
Recipient: Laurens-Marathon High School Speech Department – “58,000
“58,000 Names” is a 15-minute choral reading presentation honoring
the Iowa Vietnam veterans. The presentation highlighted three separate groups
(parents, protesters and soldiers) and their feelings over time from anger and
misunderstanding to understanding and honoring the men who paid the ultimate price.
Contact: Kristy Mather, Laurens, 712-845-2311.
Certificate for Outstanding Project related to Historic Preservation
Recipient: Henry County Historic Preservation Commission – Historic Markers.
In 2004, the Henry County Historic Preservation Commission identified the sites
of 18 abandoned towns and five historic sites in Henry County. Using funds from
a local grant, the Commission purchased signs and placed them to identify the
sites. The Commission then prepared a 200-page book, “Looking Back: Abandoned
Towns of Henry County, Iowa,” with a section devoted to each of the 23 sites
including maps/plats, photos, personal stories and reproductions of documents.
Contact: Donald E. Young, Mt. Pleasant, 319-385-8143.
Certificate for Outstanding Research or Publication
Recipient: Iowa Gold Star Museum, “With Us Still…The Camp Dodge Story.”
This project is a Web page on the history of the Iowa National Guard base at Camp
Dodge utilizing archival photos, maps, artwork, documents, printed research materials,
and state-of-the-art computer mapping technology. Also in booklet form, this project
tells the story of Camp Dodge with an emphasis on its role during World War I
as the largest military base in Iowa’s history. Interactive mapping activities
and computer models allow visitors to experience the activities associated with
camp operation during World War I. Contact: Col. Russell V. Bierl, Iowa Gold Star
Museum, Johnston, 515-252-4531.
Certificate for Outstanding Youth Project
Recipient: Brenten Barglof, “L is for Laurens”
Brenten Barglof is a 7-year-old who wrote this book to highlight the unique characteristics
and interesting places in his community of Laurens (he was 6 at the time the book
was written). The book has touched many lives and continues to draw interest to
this community and to his writing skills. Contact: Carrie Barglof, Laurens, 712-841-2374.
Recipients: Martha Long, Alice Meyer and Karen Finley, Bear Creek Cemetery Project
There are more than 100 plots in Bear Creek Cemetery with no burial stone, and
old township records of the burials at the cemetery were destroyed in a fire many
years ago. Research was done for death records in the Buchanan, Black Hawk and
Benton County Recorders Offices as well as in issues of local newspapers in order
to identify plots. Some stones were buried, others broken or worn down by age
and environmental conditions. A local 4-H group came on board to help restore
these aged stones. Contact: Martha Long, Vinton, 319-472-4465.
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