SHSI awards research grants to eight scholars

For immediate release July 26, 2006



Contact: Jeff Morgan,, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa today announced the eight recipients of its 2006-2007 research grants, selected from a pool of 42 applicants. Each recipient will receive $1,000 to support research on an Iowa history topic.

Launched in 1995 with funding from the Sesquicentennial Commission, and funded in recent years by the State Historical Society, Inc., this grant program has supported the work of more than 75 scholars. Submission of a manuscript suitable for consideration for publication in SHSI’s Annals of Iowa is a condition of full payment of the grant. SHSI exercises a “right of first refusal” on manuscripts generated from these projects, and has published many of them.

This year’s recipients and their projects are:

Jenny Barker-Devine, Iowa State University, “‘Seeing the Blind Spot’: County Clubs and Rural Women’s Activism in Iowa, 1950-1965”

Patricia L. Bryan, University of North Carolina School of Law, “The Case of John Wesley Elkins, the Iowa Boy Murderer: His Crime and the 1902 Legislative Debate over His Parole”

Coreen M. Derifield, Purdue University, “‘A Good Place to Work’: Industrial Manufacturing and Working-Class Community in Burlington, Iowa, 1940–1980”

Mark D. Hersey, University of Kansas, “The Training of a Proto-Ecologist: The Iowa Roots of George Washington Carver’s Conservation Ethic”

Frank Tobias Higbie, University of Illinois, “Democratic Futures: Self-Taught Workers, Social Science, and American Democracy, 1900–1950”

William C. Lowe, Ashford University, “The Iowa Monuments Dedication Tour of 1906”

Stacy Pratt McDermott, The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, “Guarded with ‘Undiminished Jealousy’: Trial by Jury as a Democratic Institution in Antebellum Iowa”

Matthew M. Mettler, University of Iowa, “A Crossroads in Labor Militancy: The Rise and Fall of the Quad Cities FE-UE, 1949–1955”

The State Historical Society of Iowa is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Please visit or call 515-281-5111 for more information.


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