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September 18, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Kerry Oman, a Ph.D. candidate in American history at Southern Methodist University, has won the 2001 Merrill G. Burlingame - K. Ross Toole Award from the Montana Historical Society.

Named in honor of two teachers of Montana history, the award is given for the best unpublished, article-length manuscript written by a college student on Montana or western history. Oman was selected for his article, “Winter in the Rockies: Winter Quarters of the Mountain Men,” which will appear in the spring issue of the society’s publication, Montana: The Magazine of Western History. Oman conducted original research for the article on the pastimes and hardships of mountain men, or trappers, who made the Rocky Mountains their winter home from the 1820s to the 1830s. Oman also contributed his own photographs of western landscapes to accompany the article.

The award will be presented to him Oct. 26 at a banquet during the Montana History Conference.