The editors of South Dakota History selected Lisa Lindell’s article from the 10 articles published in the 2018 volume of the journal to receive this year’s Herbert S. Schell Award. Named for the historian and longtime University of South Dakota professor who wrote extensively on the history of the state, the award carries a $250 honorarium and recognizes the best article in each year’s volume. The winning article is chosen based on depth and quality of research, readability and significance to the history of the state and region.
“I was very surprised and feel honored to be selected to receive the Herbert S. Schell Award. I value the experience of working with Jeanne Ode and everyone connected with South Dakota History and appreciate all the helpful advice I always receive in shaping and improving my work,” said Lindell, a catalog librarian at South Dakota State University’s Hilton M. Briggs Library.
Lindell’s article, “In Their Own Words: Women of Brown County, South Dakota, in World War I,” appeared in the journal’s spring 2018 issue. She mined firsthand accounts from local newspapers, American Red Cross records and government reports in exploring women’s contributions to the war effort in the areas of nursing, medical practice, clerical posts and canteen work both abroad and at home and what the experience meant in their own lives.
“As I began to research the topic of South Dakota women in World War I, I found that Brown County provided a representative and valuable venue to explore the variety of roles performed by women, overseas and on the home front, and how war service exposed them to both widespread destruction and widened possibilities,” Lindell said. “The county’s newspapers printed letters from many of the women who served, which allows their stories to be told in their own voices.”
South Dakota History, the scholarly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society, is a benefit of membership in the society and comes out four times a year. Copies of the issue containing Lindell’s article may be purchased by calling (605) 773-6009.