Arthur H. Mattingly Award Presented to Dan Schoeneberg



April 20, 2007 – The Arthur H. Mattingly Award in Historic Preservation was presented to Dan Schoeneberg by the Historic Preservation Program at the Historic Preservation’s Spring Banquet April 21 in Academic Hall at Southeast Missouri State University.

Schoeneberg graduated from Southeast in 1995 with a bachelor of science degree in historic preservation. He then graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Illinois University in 2000, completing his master of arts degree in history with an option in historical administration. 

Schoeneberg is currently employed as experience research manager at the Conner Prairie Living History Museum in Fishers, Ind., where he oversees all aspects of historical research to ensure accuracy of the interpretation at Conner Prairie. Schoeneberg has been an employee at Conner Prairie since 2001, holding other positions such as historic area manager and interim manager of historic agriculture. He has 18 years of professional experience while working at numerous historical societies and living history sites throughout the midwest.  The American Association for State and Local History awarded him certificates of merit in 1997 and 2006 for his work at Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa, and for his work in developing the Opening Door Initiative at Conner Prairie.

Schoeneberg has developed exhibits, presented at conferences and has had work published throughout his professional career. He helped produce exhibits at the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum, the Early American Museum in Mahomet, Ill., and at the Montgomery Historical Society in Dayton, Ohio. He also has presented at several professional conferences including the Indiana Association of Historians’ 26th Annual Meeting, the Midwest Open Air Museums Coordinating Council and the History at the Grassroots Conference at Eastern Illinois University.

Schoeneberg published “Don’t Fence Me InᾰThe Popularization of the Osage Orange and Other Hedging Plants in Nineteenth Century Illinois and Iowa Agriculture” in the Midwest Open Air Museum Coordinating Council magazine. He also is an individual member in numerous professional organizations including the Midwest Open Air Coordinating Council, the Association of Midwest Museums and the American Association of Museums.     

The Arthur H. Mattingly Award in Historic Preservation recognizes achievement in the field by a graduate of the Historic Preservation Program at Southeast. Schoeneberg was nominated by Dr. Frank Nickell, director of Southeast’s Center for Regional History, and received the award from the award committee, consisting of Dr. Arthur H. Mattingly, founder of the Historic Preservation Program; Dr. Steven Hoffman, director of the program; Dr. Joel Rhodes, assistant professor of history; Diane Riley, president of the Historic Preservation Association; and Sam Sampson, a graduate student pursuing a master of arts degree in history with a historic preservation option.

To be eligible for the Arthur H. Mattingly Award in Historic Preservation, candidates must be graduates of the Historic Preservation Program at Southeast, holding either a bachelor of science degree in historic preservation or a master of arts degree in history with the historic preservation option. Candidates also must be presently employed in a professional position in the field of historic preservation and must have accumulated five years of professional experience prior to receiving the award. In addition, candidates must have demonstrated distinguished professional work which brings credit to Southeast’s Historic Preservation Program and to the profession. 

 For more information, contact Dr. Steven Hoffman at 651-2808 or e-mail