2014 history master’s degree graduate wins Iowa thesis award

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Hope Mitchell is the 2014 winner of the Iowa History Center Award for Outstanding Master’s Thesis in Iowa History. Hope graduated in spring 2014 with her master’s degree in history. Hope’s thesis, titled “Sacrificing Our Daughters”: Changing Perceptions of Prostitution in Iowa, 1880-1915,” examines the ways in which Des Moines’ residents thought of and fought against the spread of prostitution. As winner, she will receive a $1,000 cash prize, as well as an award plaque.

She is the third Iowa State student to win this award in the five years since its inception. Sara Egge won in 2011, and Garret Wilson in 2012.

See the Des Moines Register article on Mitchell’s thesis