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2018 Hostick Scholars Announced

Elaine Evans
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2018 Hostick Scholars Announced

The 2018 King V. Hostick Scholarship recipients were announced in early June by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Historical Society. This year’s scholarship winners come from across the nation, and represent the finest new scholarship in Prairie State history.

The scholarship, which has been awarded since 1995, is named for the late King V. Hostick, a renowned collector of Lincoln artifacts and long-time member of the Illinois State Historical Society. Hostick’s bequest included a provision to set up a $15,000 scholarship fund to be administered by the Illinois State Historical Society and the Illinois Historical Preservation Agency (now the ALPLM), and awarded to senior graduate students (i.e., all but dissertation), who need a final push to complete their degrees.

This year’s winners are:

  • Nicholas Kryczka, Chicago, Illinois. Proposal: “Selective Renewal: Education Markets and Urban Renaissance in Post-Civil Rights Chicago.” Mr. Kryczka is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago.
  • William H. Adams, Lawrence, Kansas. Proposal: “Daughters of Ida B. Wells: Black Women’s Activism from 1964-1987.” Mr. Adams is a graduate student at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.
  • Ruby Oram, Chicago, Illinois. Proposal: “Useful for Life: Chicago Girls and the Making of Vocational Education, 1880-1930.” Ms. Oram is graduate student at Loyola University Chicago.
  • Shannon N. Missick, Albany, NY. Proposal: “The Evolution of a Desert: A History of Food Access in Chicago, 1950-1999.” Ms. Missick is a Ph.D. candidate at the State University of New York at Albany.
  • John Matthew Corpolongo, Norman, Oklahoma. Proposal: “Reform and Refuse: Race, Labor, and the Limitations of Reform in Chicago, 1850-1920.” Mr. Corpolongo is a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma, Norman.
  • Wayne N. Duerkes, Ames, Iowa. Proposal: “The Rise of Northern Illinois: Community and Market Development within the Antebellum Midwest.” Mr. Duerkes is a graduate student at Iowa State University, Ames.

Each of the six scholars will conduct research at Illinois libraries and museums over the summer in hopes of completing their dissertations by next fall. For more information about the King V. Hostick Research Scholarships, visit the ISHS website at, or call 217-525-2781.

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