Dr. Kimberly Porter Named First Baukol History Fellow

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Dr. Kimberly Porter of the University of North Dakota History Department has been named the first recipient of the Bard and Nicki Baukol History Fellowship. The Baukol History Fellowship was established through the generosity of Nicki and Bard Baukol to support the professional development of the UND Department of History.

Dr. Porter is an expert in rural and agricultural history as well as oral history where she served as the editor of the Oral History Review for six years. Dr. Porter received the Bard and Nicki Baukol History Fellowship to support her current research project that examines the life and career of Henry Field. Field was an Iowa businessman and vehement supporter of the agrarian way of life. Along the way, he started one of the first privately held radio stations west of the Mississippi River, unsuccessfully ran for Congress and urged Americans to thoughtfully consider what was being lost with the urbanization of their nation. His legacy provides insight into the changes occurring within American agriculture in the 1920s and 1930s.