Ruth by Lake and Prairie was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the Illinois State Historical Society at a gala banquet at the Executive Mansion in Springfield on Saturday, April 26.
Russell Lewis, Executive Vice President and Chief Historian of the Chicago History Museum and Chair of the Society's Annual Awards Committee, introduced the book as an “account of early Naperville based on real people. Meticulous research by the author denotes the time and place of 19th century Illinois.”
As Gingold accepted the award, Lewis further praised the book, saying "This volume is a wonderful way to present history to young people, and exemplifies the use of creativity and imagination within an accurate framework of history.”
Of the award, Gingold said: “Being recognized by the State Historical Society is such an honor! I’m so lucky to be able to combine my love for writing with my enthusiasm for history, and then to be named alongside such distinguished historians! It really validates my passion for sharing history with children, and I can’t wait until my next classroom visit!” Gingold gives school talks as well adult group presentations about both Illinois in the 1830’s and the writing process.
The Illinois State Historical Society was established in 1900 by the Illinois General Assembly to interpret, preserve and promote Illinois state history, and the Society honored approximately 30 museums, historical societies, teachers, authors and individuals at the ceremony for their efforts in carrying out that commission. For a complete list of the Society’s endeavors, as well as the 2008 award winners, contact them at 217 525-2781 or visit the Society’s website at www.historyillinois.org.