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Coe College senior Mari Hunt wins $400 prize for best history paper

Extra: Joseph C. Fitzharris, Great Plains Regional Coordinator
jcfitzharris@icloud.com

2016-10-24 14:55:53 - General

Special from the Society for Military History

Coe History Professor Brie Swenson Arnold (Ieft) presented Coe student Mari Hunt with the SMH-FDMC Prize for the Best Undergraduate Paper in History at the recent Northern Great Plains History Conference, held at St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Coe History Professor Brie Swenson Arnold (left) presented Coe student Mari Hunt with the SMH-FDMC Prize for the Best Undergraduate Paper in History at the recent Northern Great Plains History Conference, held at St. Cloud, Minnesota.

The Society for Military History and the First Division Museum at Cantigny at Wheaton, Illinois, are pleased to announced that Ms. Mari A. Hunt, a senior history major at Coe College, won their Prize for the Best Paper in History presented by an Undergraduate Student at the Northern Great Plains History Conference, held on Sept. 16 in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Hunt won the prize, worth $400 from the sponsors, for her paper entitled "First Morning of Their Freedom: Fugitive Slaves and the Union Army in Missouri," which looked at the ways slaves manipulated the dynamics of wartime Missouri and worked with the Union Army to forge their freedom. Her presentation, in the session entitled "Non-Military Personnel in Military History," drew praise from the audience for both her work and her professional poise.

The Society and the First Division Museum at Cantigny, in Wheaton, Illinois, have partnered to create and present these awards for excellence in research to the next generation of military historians to encourage them in their careers. Military historians educate the public about military affairs, which we believe is vital to the health of our democracy.

About the Society for Military History

The SMH, based at Virginia Military Institute, publishes the Journal of Military History, the premier international academic journal in military history, conducts annual meetings and conferences, most recently held in Ottawa, Canada, and supports and encourages its 2,700 military historians world wide. The Great Plains Region sponsors sessions and activities at both the Northern Great Plains and the Missouri Valley History Conferences, and we especially welcome undergraduate and graduate students. http://www.smh-hq.org

About the First Division Museum

The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, part of Robert R. McCormick Foundation, promotes public learning about America's military heritage and affairs through the history of the "Big Red One" - the famed 1st Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. The Robert R. McCormick Research Center, open to the public, houses the museum’s library, archival, and photo collections. Visit the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park online at FirstDivisionMuseum.org.