UNI staff receive Loren Horton Community History Award

The State Historical Society of Iowa held its annual Awards for Excellence in History on Monday, May 14, 2014, at the State Capitol. Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds presented these prestigious awards.

Francesca Soans, associate professor, communication studies, and Robert Neymeyer, student supervisor, Grout Museum District, received the 2014 Loren Horton Community History Award for "Sons of Jacob Synagogue." The pioneering documentary explores the histories and experiences of the Jewish community in Waterloo, from the early immigrants seeking new opportunities and freedom from persecution to the present day.

The Loren Horton Community History award is named in honor of Loren Horton, who represented the State Historical Society of Iowa in many capacities from 1973 until his retirement in 1996. As the society's field services coordinator and senior historian, Horton's work brought him in close contact with many local historical organizations. In keeping with that legacy, this award recognizes the best project that increases awareness and participation in Iowa history on a local level. The award recognizes an individual, group or organization whose outstanding local history project was completed during the previous calendar year.

For additional information, contact Francesca Soans, associate professor, communication studies, 319-273-6309, francesca.soans@uni.edu, or Sarah Pauls, marketing manager, College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, 319-273-2817, sarah.pauls@uni.edu. Learn more about the film at http://www.uni.edu/commstudies/soans-neymeyer-film-awarded-state-historical-society-iowa.