National Council on Public History's Student Project Award



Community Life Through the Lens of Mack Munn, has won the National Council on Public History's Student Project Award. This award, given annually, recognizes excellence in student work. It provides a travel stipend to attend the national meeting, recognition at an awards banquet, and an article in Public History News. Lead curators Jennifer Scott and Erica Hague will be accepting this award in Milwaukee in the spring.

The project was developed in collaboration with the Lower Bladen Columbus Historical Society by students in Dr. Tammy Gordon’s Fall 2010 seminar “Education and Interpretation at Museums and Historic Sites” and the Spring 2011 seminar “Historical Exhibition.”

The travelling exhibit, on extended display in the UNCW Public History Gallery in the Randall Library until October 30, 2012, features photographs taken by Mack Munn, who lived and worked in the African American communities of Sandyfield, Riegelwood, and East Arcadia during the middle of the twentieth century. His candid photographs show people working, praying, travelling, and community building.

The project included an oral history project as well as a multi-media curriculum packet for use in 8th grade classrooms.



NCPH award winner Erica Hague talks with visitors at the opening of Flashback in April. Hague researched, designed, and fabricated a re-creation of a 1940s porch.



Lead curator and NCPH award winner Jennifer Scott (left) constructing exhibit panel frames. Scott was the art director for the project.


To learn more, stop by the exhibit at the Randall Library or visit exhibit’s facebook page:

To help support more projects like Flashback by donating to the Public History Trust Fund, contact Tammy Gordon, Director of Public History at or 910-962-4244.


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