George Gilkey - Special Collections Research Scholarship

Murphy Library Staff established this scholarship in 2014 to honor the generosity of George Gilkey, UW-La Crosse professor emeritus in history. Gilkey began his teaching career in 1954 at what was then the Wisconsin State College-La Crosse and served as chair of the History Department from 1960-1970. In 1985, he was the faculty sponsor instrumental in the creation of the Area Research Center within Murphy Library Special Collections. In honor of his many contributions to Murphy Library, he received the Eugene W. Murphy Library Special Recognition Award in 1988.

In his final act of generosity to Murphy Library, Gilkey made a bequest to Special Collections that is the largest single donation ever made to Special Collections. With that bequest, plus additional funding from the Murphy Library Endowment Fund, the George Gilkey - Special Collections Research Scholarship Fund was established honoring the student who wrote the best paper using primary materials found in the Special Collections and Area Research Center and/or the Murphy Library Digital Collections.

Award Recipients

2018-2019 award:

1st place: Thompson, Kimberly, “Not Norwegian, Not American: The Norwegian-American Community of La Crosse, 1850-1900."

2nd place: Olson, Tim, “Orlando S. Jones: Pioneer Farmer Extraordinaire."

3rd place: Brick, Jordan, “The History Behind the Mission: From Normal School to University."

2017-2018 award:

1st place: Bain, Rebekah, “Language and Identity: Transition from German to English in La Crosse, Wisconsin.” 

2nd place: Lichtfuss, Erika, “Demographics Unearthed: Social Constructs Recreated in Oak Grove Cemetery."

2016-2017 award:

Taylor Zanotti, "Racial Mascots: Honorable of Hurtful?"

2015-2016 award:

Reece Ebert, "Syrian Migration to La Crosse."