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2015 AWARDS

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 many different formats for many different audiences. The Society was delighted to receive and review over 100 entries in this year’s competition. Congratulations to the winners whose excellent work continues to enhance our understanding of the history of the federal government and its important place in America’s history.

The awards will be presented at the Society’s annual meeting on April 24, at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Congratulations to all of our 2015 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:

HENRY ADAMS PRIZE

J. Douglas Smith, On Democracy’s Doorstep: The Inside Story of How the Supreme Court Brought “One Person, One Vote” to the United States (Hill and Wang).

The Henry Adams Prize for an outstanding major publication on the federal government’s history is awarded to  J. Douglas Smith, On Democracy’s Doorstep: The Inside Story of How the Supreme Court Brought “One Person, One Vote” to the United States (Hill and Wang). The author is Executive Director of the Los Angeles Service Academy, a program for high school students on how the political, social, and environmental infrastructure of Los Angeles works.

GEORGE PENDLETON PRIZE

Mark A. Bradley, A Very Principled Boy: The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior (Basic Books)

The George Pendleton Prize is given for an outstanding major publication on the federal government’s history, produced by or for a federal history program. This year’s prize is awarded to Mark A. Bradley, A Very Principled Boy: The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior (Basic Books). The author, a former CIA agent, is an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice.

JAMES MADISON PRIZE

Beth Lew-Williams, “Before Restriction Became Exclusion: America’s Experiment in Diplomatic Immigration Control”

The Madison Prize is awarded for excellence in an article or essay that deals with any aspect of the federal government’s history.  This year’s winner is  Beth Lew-Williams, “Before Restriction Became Exclusion: America’s Experiment in Diplomatic Immigration Control,” published in the Pacific Historical Review, Vol. 83, No. 1.

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.

THOMAS JEFFERSON PRIZE

A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861–1867: Series 3, Volume 2: Land and Labor, 1866–67

The Jefferson Prize is awarded biannually to the editor(s) of a documentary history project that contributes significantly to our understanding of the history of the federal government. The 2015 prize is awarded to A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861–1867: Series 3, Volume 2: Land and Labor, 1866–67, edited by Rene’ Hayden, et al.

The Naval Documents of the American Revolution, Volume 12, edited by Michael J. Crawford, et al. receives honorable mention.

JOHN WESLEY POWELL PRIZE

The John Wesley Powell Prize commemorates the explorer and federal administrator whose work demonstrated early recognition of the importance of historic preservation and historical display.  In 2015, the award is being made for outstanding historical displays. The Society has elected to recognize two outstanding exhibits. Both winning exhibits explore different aspects of war, from the home front to foreign soil and bring the stories of both soldiers in battle and Americans at work on the home front to the public, telling a complex story with innovative techniques.

Task Force Ranger and the Battle of Mogadishu, Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Fayetteville, NC. Airborne & Special Operations Museum, 100 Bragg Boulevard, Fayetteville, NC 28301.

Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historic Park Visitor Education Center Interpretive Permanent Exhibits.  Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front NH, 440 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 300, National Park Service, Richmond, CA 94804.

 

ROGER R. TRASK AWARD


MARYELLEN TRAUTMAN AWARD

 

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT AWARD