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UNI professor receives historical society award

May 22, 2003

John Johnson, head, History Department, (319) 273-2097
Melissa Barber, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Robert F. Martin, University of Northern Iowa professor of history, has received the 2003 Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award from the State Historical Society of Iowa. Presented to the author of the most significant book on Iowa history published during the preceding calendar year, the Shambaugh Award went to Martin for 'Hero of the Heartland: Billy Sunday and the Transformation of American Society, 1862-1895.'

'Hero of the Heartland' is the story behind the success of a popular evangelist in an age of social and cultural change. Martin, who has been at UNI for 22 years, is also the author of 'Howard Kester and the Struggle for Social Justice in the South, 1904-77.'

The Shambaugh award is based on a variety of criteria, including contribution to knowledge about Iowa history, scholarship, readability, and appropriateness for the intended audience.