The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) has awarded Dr. Walter Brumm, an independent scholar, the inaugural E. M. (Peter) Bakwin Fellowhip. Dr. Brumm received his Ph. D. in sociology in 1970 from the Ohio State University. He has published extensively on Shaker communities.

The Bakwin Fellowhip will allow Dr. Brumm to research holdings in various regional repositories, making as his base of operations the Hamilton College Archives, which has extensive holdings on utopian societies. Dr. Brumm’s research focuses on the expansion and disappearance of Shaker communities in upstate New York and how they adapted– and failed to adapt– to changing social conditions. He will explore in particular the interaction between religious values and economic change.

The Bakwin Fellowship awards a stipend of $1600 for advanced research in regional archives and libraries on subjects that comport with the central concerns of the AHI as defined in its charter. Recipients of the award reside, free of charge, for one summer month (June or July) in the Jane Fraser Room of the AHI’s headquarters, a historic mansion located in 21 West Park Row, Clinton, New York.

The fellowship honors E. M. (Peter) Bakwin, a graduate of Hamilton College (1950) and the University of Chicago (1961). He served as Chairman of the Board of MB Financial Bank in Chicago. Mr. Bakwin has had a long-standing interest in the history, literature, and art of Western culture.  His generosity has touched Hamilton College, the University of Chicago, Shimer College, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and many other institutions.