Announcing the 2014 Jim Blount History Educator Award

blount-award-logoThe Michael J. Colligan History Project will conclude its spring events Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. by recognizing recipients of the 2014 Jim Blount History Educator Award in a public ceremony at the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center. This year’s recipients are Lisa C. Eubanks, Ross High School and Kim T. Young, Fairfield High School. In addition, Richard O Jones, former staff writer and editor at the Hamilton Journal-News will receive an award in special recognition of his contributions to public history.

A link to Jones’s 23 articles detailing the Great Miami River Flood of 1913 and its recent centennial commemoration in Hamilton is below:

Richard O Jones articles

This award honors Hamilton native Jim Blount, whose career at the Cincinnati Enquirer and Hamilton Journal-News spanned a quarter century. A teacher and writer of history for sixty years, today he lectures widely and writes local history for the Lane Public Libraries. The Blount Award is given biennially to teachers whose inspired work stimulates historical inquiry and understanding, exemplifying the dedication to history education epitomized in Mr. Blount’s life and career. Mr. Blount will present this year’s awards.

Following the presentations, Johns Hopkins University Associate Professor of History François Furstenberg will give the Blount Award Lecture on “The War of 1812 and the Long Struggle for the West.” One of America’s most exciting young historians, Professor Furstenberg is the author of In the Name of the Father: Washington’s Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation (2006), and When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees who Shaped a Nation (2014).

Please see below for program of this event.

BLOUNT AWARD PROGRAM

  • Free public event. Reception to follow.

Call for Nominations: 2014 Jim Blount History Educator Awards

blount-award-logoThe Michael J. Colligan History Project seeks nominations of outstanding educators in the schools of southwestern Ohio whose inspired teaching stimulates historical inquiry and understanding.

Awards of $1000 each will be made to selected teachers at both the senior and junior levels during a public event on Tuesday, May 6.

Please nominate a deserving educator by submitting a letter commenting substantially on his or her achievements, with the nominee’s vita and contact information.  Send U.S. Mail to Curtis W. Ellison, Director, Michael J. Colligan History Project, 532 Mosler Hall, Miami University Hamilton, Hamilton, Ohio 45011, or send by email to ellisocw@miamioh.edu.

  • The nomination deadline is March 17, 2014.

 

Celebrating our Teachers!!!

Dear Folks,

This spring’s schedule concluded with the awarding of the 2012 Jim Blount Educator Awards.  The awards recognize “teachers whose inspired work stimulates historical inquiry and understanding.”  The prize is named in honor of Hamilton native Mr. Jim Blount.  A distinguished local historian, educator, journalist, and editor, Jim continues to lecture and write widely on the history of our community, and plays a leading role in Hamilton’s civic life.

Photographs of this year’s awardees and participants, courtesy of photographer Craig Rouse (click to enlarge):

L-r: Lance Allen Green (Freedom Elementary); Holly Templeton (Fairfield Intermediate); Jim Blount; Corbin Moore (Hamilton City Schools).

L-r: Holly Templeton; Jim Blount; Andrew Cayton (Miami University); Corbin Moore; Lance Allen Green; Matthew Smith (Colligan Project); Curtis Ellison (Director, Colligan Project)

With so many excellent teachers nominated, choosing our winners was a fraught challenge.  As Jim acknowledged at this week’s awards ceremony, however, the awards recognize not just individual excellence, but also the excellence of social science teachers throughout our region.

Following the awards ceremony, Dr. Andrew Cayton (Distinguished Professor of History, Miami University) delivered the keynote lecture, “How the Civil War Remade the United States.”  In a lucid and broad-ranging talk, Dr. Cayton challenged the audience to reframe their assumptions regarding the historical significance of the Civil War, placing it in the broader contexts of world history, the industrial revolution, and the civil rights movement.  His lecture also concluded the Colligan Project’s own two-year series “Hard Road to Liberty: Ohio and the Civil War.”  Further highlighting the Civil War’s sesquicentennial anniversary, Sam Ashworth of Hamilton’s Heritage Hall Museum curated a fascinating exhibit in the Harry T. Wilks auditorium, “The Butler Boys: Butler County in the Civil War, 1861 – 1865.”

Join us for another exciting line-up of events this fall,

Best wishes,

Matthew Smith,

Assistant Director, Michael J. Colligan History Project.

Announcing the Jim Blount History Educator Award Winners, 2012

The Michael J. Colligan History Project will conclude its spring events Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. by recognizing recipients of the 2012 Jim Blount History Educator Award in a public ceremony at the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center. This year’s recipients will be Lance Allan Green, Freedom Elementary School; Corbin Moore, Hamilton City Schools; and Holly Templeton, Fairfield Intermediate School.

This award honors Hamilton native Jim Blount, whose career at the Cincinnati Enquirer and Hamilton Journal-News spanned a quarter century. A teacher and writer of history for sixty years, today he lectures widely and writes local history for the Lane Public Libraries. The Blount Award is given biennially to teachers whose inspired work stimulates historical inquiry and understanding, exemplifying the dedication to history education epitomized in Mr. Blount’s life and career. Mr. Blount will present this year’s awards.

Following the presentations, Miami Distinguished Professor of History Andrew Cayton will give the Blount Award Lecture on How the Civil War Remade the United States. He will explore ways that war shaped a modern nation state and a new relationship between liberty and power.  The Heritage Hall exhibit The Butler Boys: Butler County in the Civil War, 1861-1865 will be available for viewing in the Atrium.

A public reception will follow.

Your Nominations Wanted!

The Michael J. Colligan History Project seeks nominees for the Jim Blount History Educator Award.

We encourage you to nominate teachers working in the schools of southwestern Ohio. One award will be given to a history teacher of grades K-6, and one to a history teacher of grades 7-12.  Each awardee will receive a unique sculpture, a framed citation, and an honorarium of $1000.

The deadline to submit names is March 31.  For more on how to nominate a teacher, click on our “Jim Blount Educator Award” page (link on banner above).

We look forward to your response!