William Best Hesseltine Award 2007-08 Winner Announced
Congratulations to Mark Speltz, winner of the 42nd
Annual William Best Hesseltine Award for Volume 91
of the Wisconsin Magazine of History.
His article, "If
Ordinary Walls Could Talk: Piecing Together the History of
My House," recounts his experience researching the history of
his old house in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. In the process of his
detective work, he discovered some interesting stories along
with a few secrets the house had been hiding. The article includes a guide titled, "Be Your Own House Detective,"
which details the resources available to anyone who would like
to uncover the history of their own house. Access our online archives of the Wisconsin Magazine of History in order to read the article online.
Speltz is a historical researcher with the Research and Library Department at American Girl. He is also a master's degree student
specializing in Public History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is co-author of the Wisconsin Historical
Fill'er Up: The Glory Days of Wisconsin Gas Stations,
and is active with several museums in historic Mineral
Established in memory of a past president of the Wisconsin
Historical Society and a distinguished University of Wisconsin
professor, the William Best Hesseltine Award honors an individual
article that appears in a four-issue volume of the magazine.
Readers have chosen the award winners since 2002.