Past Winners

David Stanley Gebhard Past Award Winners

2014 winners

  • St. Paul Union Depotby John W. Diers, published in 2013 by the University of Minnesota Press. Diers worked in management in the transit industry for thirty-five years, including twenty-five years at the Twin Cities Metropolitan Transit Commission and is now a now a consultant on transit operations and writer and researcher on transportation history.
  • The winning article is “Downsizing the Public Realm: Building and Razing Winona’s Grand Post Office,” by Greg Gaut and Marsha Neff, Minnesota History Quarterly, Volume 63, Issue 6, Spring 2013. Gaut and Neff write about history from their home in Winona.

The award period was for works published July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013. Judges were Jo Davison, senior vice president–creative, Larsen Design; Will Stark, historic preservation consultant, Stark Preservation Planning LLC; and Robert Ferguson, Ph.D., architectural historian and past MNSAH board member.

2012 winners

  • Book: The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition, by Michael Nordskog, photographs by Aaron W. Hautala, published in 2010 by University of Minnesota Press. Nordskog is an attorney, writer, and editor who lives in Viroqua, WI. Hautala is creative director and owner of RedHouseMedia in Brainerd, MN.
  • Honorable mention: The Invisible Element of Place: The Architecture of David Salmela by Thomas Fisher, University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

There was no award given in the magazine article category this year.

Judges were Barbara Bezat, assistant archivist, Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries; Jennifer Komar Olivarez, associate curator, Decorative Arts, Textiles and Sculpture, Minneapolis Institute of Arts; and Jane King Hession, author and architectural historian. The award period was for works published July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2011.

2010 winners

  • Book: Twin Cities Picture Show: A Century of Moviegoing, by Dave Kenney, published in 2007 by Minnesota Historical Society Press. Kenney is a freelance writer specializing in Minnesota history.
  • Article: “Constructing Suburbia: Richfield in the Postwar Era,” by Lisa Plank and Thomas Saylor, published in the summer 2008 issue of Minnesota History. Plank is director of the Richfield Historical Society, and Saylor is associate professor of history at Concordia University, St. Paul.
  • Honorable mention, book: Wood+Concrete+Stone+Steel: Minnesota’s Historic Bridges, by Denis Gardner, University of Minnesota Press, 2008. Gardner is a historian and an author.

Judges were Linda Mack, architecture critic; Robert Mack, FAIA, principal, MacDonald and Mack architects and adjunct faculty, School of Architecture, University of Minnesota; and Greg Donofrio, assistant professor, School of Architecture, University of Minnesota. The award period was for works published July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2009.



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