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

2018 Winners:

A Piece of the Past 2018 Winners, with Stewart Morris and Dr. Robert Sloan

Grand Prize Winner:

Katrina Bolman, “Time Present and Time Past All Present in Time Future: The Russian Icon of the Triumphant Entry of Christ Into Jerusalem” (Fine Arts Museum)

Southern History/American Architecture and Decorative Arts

1st        Phillip E. Salazar, “Seminole Doll: The Art of Selling Culture” (Decorative Arts)

2nd       Jeremiah T. Holcomb, “The Radio—Waves of Progress: The 1940s Motorola Electric Box Radio” (Southern History)

Dunham Bible Museum

1st        Seth Grant, “The Gospel of America’s Russian Apostle: The Gospel of Matthew, 1848, Aleut Translation”

2nd       Jacob R. Johnson, “A Link in the Chain: The Pump Organ’s Role in the History of Christian Worship”

Art Museums

1st        Kelley McLemore, “Christ’s Crucifixion—An Artist’s Clarion Call: Marc  Chagall’s “Esquisse Pour L’Exode” (Fine Arts Museum)

2nd       Corrie McCloy, “Christ in Exile: Marc Chagall on Jewish Identity” (Fine Arts Museum)


1st       Ngozi Paula Ejim, “She Builds Upon the Mirror: Jenny Fine’s ME” (Contemporary Art Museum)

2nd       Rebecca A. Bargainer, “Mapping Houston’s Past: The 1869 Map of the City of Houston” (Decorative Arts Museum)

HBU Academy

1st        Gabrielle Thomason, “The Child’s Bible By a Lady of Cincinnati” (Dunham Bible Museum)

2nd       Cole O. Reynolds, “’A Well Founded Translation’: Charles Thomson’s Translation of the Bible” (Dunham Bible Museum)



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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