Contest Winners

Thanks to our generous sponsor Musco Lighting, Uniting Through History was able to host its first Hip History Contest in 2021. Thank you, Musco Lighting!

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Overview

Uniting Through History’s first annual virtual Hip History Contest has ended. Students who participated in the Hip History Contest brought the early 20th century town of Buxton, Iowa alive through the arts. Not only did the Hip History Contest give young Iowans and beyond the opportunity to learn about an overlooked part of history, but it was also Uniting Through History’s inaugural project that encompasses two of our key principles: Unity and educating and reinforcing the fact that Black history is American history by providing creative ways for people to connect with the experiences of Black Americans.

Just as the residents of Buxton were an extraordinary example of Black and white people living and working together in peaceful productivity, the Hip History Contest seeks to unite young people to share Buxton’s history.

We received many great entries and our judges had a tough time choosing winners!

Middle School Winners

First Place Winner
($2,000 Prize)
Middle School Play Contest EntryAliyah H., Payton M., Tyce N., Adeline P., and Kristopher U. worked together to create a skit to show the equality in Buxton and the lack of it elsewhere. Their goal for those viewing their entry is for people “treating everyone the same, regardless of skin color.” Click here to view their entry.
Click here to read an interview with the winners.
Second Place Winner
($500 Prize)
Sara P. Contest EntrySarah P. created a documentary detailing the town of Buxton, interspersed with prop-filled demonstrations of shopping and mining. Her goal for those viewing her entry is for people to see “how a small town in rural Iowa that existed 20 years could have an impact on the nation.”
Click here to view her entry.
Third Place Winner
($250 Prize)
Jeremiah R. Contest EntryJeremiah R. created a story about the day of a Black man living in Buxton. His goal for those viewing his entry: “I would like people to learn what Buxton was like. My story was a day in the life of a black man living in Buxton. This story was fictional, but it could have been what someone experienced.” Click here to view his entry.

High SCHOOL WINNERS

First Place Winner
($2,000 Prize)
Lauren O. Contest EntryLauren O. recorded herself painting an image of an interracial couple while sharing Buxton’s history. Her goal for those viewing her entry: “I hope that by people watching this video they can realize if a town in the 1900’s can live in peace with each other that we can as well, and I hope that we can learn to live in harmony after hearing the story of Buxton, Iowa.” Click here to view her entry.
Click here to read an interview with Lauren.
Second Place Winner
($500 Prize)
Chloe P. Contest EntryChloe P. created a puppet show-like theater presentation with handmade sets and sound effects to show the rise and fall of Buxton. Her goal for those viewing her entry is: “I hope my video will help people understand how just a small town in Iowa could change history.”
Click here to view her entry.
Third Place Winner
($250 Prize)
Darby L. Contest EntryDarby L. composed, sang, and played a song that captures the spirit of Buxton. Her goal for those viewing her entry: “Buxton, Iowa was a town of togetherness. It was a place where everyone got along and had the same freedoms. I hope that we can strive to have this unity wherever we go. If it’s possible in one community, it’s possible in all.” Click here to view her entry.