The Society for History in the Federal Government is pleased to announce the winners of its annual prize competition. The Society’s prestigious awards recognize exemplary works of history presented in several different categories. All recipients are deemed to have made significant contributions to furthering our understanding of the history of the federal government. The awards will be presented at the Society’s annual meeting on March 17, 2016, at the Joint Annual Meeting of the National Council on Public History and the Society for History in the Federal Government at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, in Baltimore, MD. Congratulations to all of our 2016 winners. For more information on the Society for History in the Federal Government and its awards program, go to http://shfg.org/shfg/awards/awards-requirements/
This year’s prize recipients are:
This annual award is given for an outstanding major publication on the federal government’s history.
Lisa McGirr, The War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State (W.W. Norton, 2015)
GEORGE PENDLETON PRIZE
This annual award is given for an outstanding major publication on the federal government’s history produced by or for a federal history program.
William B. McAllister, Joshua Botts, Peter Cozzens, and Aaron W. Marrs, Toward “Thorough,Accurate, and Reliable”: A History of the Foreign Relations of the United States Series (Washington, DC: U.S. Department of State, 2015)
JAMES MADISON PRIZE
This annual award is given for excellence in an article or essay that deals with any aspect of the federal government’s history. This year the SHFG has chosen to award the Madison Prize to two deserving submissions.
Jennifer Bess, “The Price of Pima Cotton: The Cooperative Testing and Demonstration Farm at Sacaton, Arizona, and the Decline of the Pima Agricultural Economy, 1907–1920,” Western Historical Quarterly 46 (Summer 2015): 171–189
Brandon C. Davis, “Defending the Nation, Protecting the Land: Emergency Powers and the Militarization of American Public Lands,” in Proving Ground: Militarized Landscapes, Weapons Testing, and the Environmental Impact of U.S. Bases, ed. Edwin A. Martini (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015)
CHARLES THOMSON PRIZE
This annual award is given for excellence in an article or essay that deals with any aspect of the history of the federal government written in or for a federal history program.
J. Overton, “The Battle of Port Gamble,” Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History (Spring 2015): 24–27
THOMAS JEFFERSON PRIZE
No award given this year.
JOHN WESLEY POWELL PRIZE
The Powell Prize commemorates the explorer and federal administrator whose work demonstrated early recognition of the importance of historic preservation and historical display.
1) Minidoka NHS Guard Tower Reproduction. Minidoka NHS Guard Tower Reproduction. Department of Construction Management, College of Engineering, Boise State University
2) Veterans Administration West Los Angeles Campus Building 209 Rehabilitation: Veterans Administration
ROGER R. TRASK AWARD
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT AWARD