William Best Hesseltine Award 2009-10 Winner Announced
Congratulations to Lynda Salisbury and Lonna Schumacher Morouney, winners of the 44th Annual William Best Hesseltine Award for Volume 93
of the Wisconsin Magazine of History.
Lonna Schumacher Morouney
Their article, "Encore, Encore! On Stage with the Sidell Sisters and the Leo Kehl School of Dancing," explores the tale of sisters Billie and Piera Sidell, who gained international fame in the 1920s dancing before audiences the world over. Before achieving stardom, the sisters received dance training at Leo Kehl's School of Dancing in Madison. Started in 1880 by German immigrant Frederick Kehl, by 1922 the school was run by Frederick's older son Leo. Leo launched the careers of a bevy of dancers, including Billie and Piera Sidell, who studied with him in the early 1920s. The two performed in a variety of venues in Madison and Chicago, and they eventually caught the eye of Florenz Ziegfeld, who invited them to New York to perform in at the Broadway play "Show Boat." After two-and-a-half seasons, the sisters left to perform in Paris, launching their international careers.
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Lynda Williams Salisbury is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She retired from a career in marketing and now lives in Door County pursuing her favorite hobbies, genealogy and writing. She is a member of several lineage societies, including the Jamestowne Society and the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Lynda is a field genealogist for DAR and served as a chapter regent and chapter registrar. She is a past president of the Janesville Noon Rotary Club and co-author of the booklet, "The Army Surgeons of Fort Winnebago."
Lonna Schumacher Morouney has a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology and social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She credits her interest in genealogy and history to her grandmother, who kept the stories of the Sidell sisters alive for many years. She lives in rural Bradford Township with her husband and three children and volunteers her time to community and civic organizations, including the Daughters of the American Revolution and Children of the American Revolution.
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.