Dwain Coleman has won the 2017 award for the outstanding thesis in Iowa history, given annually by the Iowa History Center at Simpson College.
Coleman’s work examines African-American Civil War veterans who settled in Newton, Iowa. He presented his research to the college’s history department and undergraduate majors after being honored with a plaque and $1,000 prize.
“Dwain’s work sheds light on an understudied and underappreciated aspect of Iowa’s history. We are pleased to give this research some of the attention it deserves,” said Daryl Sasser, assistant director of the Iowa History Center and a member of the selection committee.
Coleman was an undergraduate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before completing his master’s degree at Iowa State University in 2016. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the history department at the University of Iowa. His research explores the development of post-emancipation African-American communities in the Midwest.
The Iowa History Center is one of many features that sets Simpson apart. The Center is committed to preserving and promoting the state’s history and encouraging a public conversation about the story of Iowa.
The Center’s mission is to advance the understanding and appreciation of Iowa history among the state’s students, scholars and general public. A number of programs have been established to heighten public awareness and interest in Iowa history, expand educational opportunities in Iowa history and make this history more widely available.