UNH Manchester professors receive award for book on history of city’s shoe industry

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The Academy of Accounting Historians Section of the American Accounting Association selected UNH Manchester business faculty Kelly Kilcrease and Yvette Lazdowski to receive the 2020 Barbara D. Merino Award for Excellence in History Publication for their book, “Manchester’s Shoe Industry.” The annual award recognizes authors who support and participate in the development of accounting history literature.

In “Manchester’s Shoe Industry,” Kilcrease and Lazdowski explore the impact shoe production had on the economy of Manchester, once affectionately called “Shoe City.” More than 70 different shoe companies once called Manchester home, and thousands of area residents worked tirelessly to produce some of the best-known shoes in America and throughout the world. The book reveals how Manchester-based shoe shops were vital to the area's economic and employment prosperity, especially among the immigrant population.

Kilcrease, associate professor of business, has had a passion for history since his time in grade school drawing the maps from famous battles of the Napoleonic Wars and the American Revolution. He has published numerous articles on small business development and business history, including the transformation of Manchester’s Amoskeag Mill Yard, the economic history of Boston’s Long Wharf, Daniel Webster as a farmer, the world’s first business incubator and the oldest company in America, the J.E. Rhodes Co.

Accounting and business history are the primary research interests for Lazdowski, an assistant professor of accounting. A member of the Academy of Accounting Historians, she was awarded the Alfred R. Roberts Memorial Research Award in 2013 for her extensive research and a doctoral dissertation on the early accounting history of the Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Mich.