Midwestern History Association
Elgin History Museum Project Named Recipient of the Alice Smith Prize in Public History
--Midwestern History Association Confers Honor on Elgin (IL) History Museum's film/traveling exhibit project, Two Boxcars, Three Blocks, One City: A Story of Elgin's African American Heritage--
Sioux Falls -- The Midwestern History Association today announced the winner of its annual Alice Smith Prize for best public history project completed in the previous calendar year. The honor was conferred upon the Elgin (IL) History Museum (http://elginhistory.org/) in collaboration with Grindstone Productions and Ernie Broadnax for their film and traveling exhibit project, Two Boxcars, Three Blocks, One City: A Story of Elgin's African American Heritage. The project connects Elgin's abolitionist past with the Civil War and contrabands, but also reflects on the topic over time, profiling individual community members and addressing topics of current relevance in the community. The documentary screened on local cable television and in multiple public venues, and the associated traveling exhibit was displayed at Elgin U-46 schools, Elgin Community College, Gail Borden Library, and other public venues.