Past the Pipes Receives National Council on Public History’s Graduate Student Project Award

Terra Cotta Historical Museum

Eight second-year students in UNCG’s masters program in history and museum studies, received the National Council on Public History’s 2013 Graduate Student Project Award for their work on Past the Pipes: Stories of the Terra Cotta Community, an exhibition that opened in December at the Terra Cotta Museum in Greensboro. This exhibition received a large grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council in June of 2012. One such award is given annually. The designation recognizes the students' work in building community partnerships, recording oral interviews, designing and facilitating public programs, gathering images and artifacts, creating media pieces, and installing the exhibition.

“These students committed themselves to listening and learning what this neighborhood’s history meant to the people who lived it,” says Director of Public History Benjamin Filene, the advisor on the project. “Their passion for the work across a year and a half made it a success. Seeing the excitement of community members at the exhibit opening was the ultimate reward, but I’m thrilled that the group is getting this well-deserved national recognition.”

“Students Ellen Kuhn, Shawna Prather, and Ashley Wyatt will travel to Ottawa, Canada in April to be recognized at the NCPH's annual conference. They will present about the project and write an article about their work for the publication Public History News.

The museum, located at 504 Norwalk St. in Greensboro, was founded by former Terra Cotta resident Dennis Waddell, a key partner throughout the project. Currently the exhibition is open from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Terra Cotta project was made possible in part by a large grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council and the UNCG Department of History.

For more information about the award, contact Betsi S. Robinson
Director of Communications for UNCG University Relations at 336-334-4314.