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Utah State History Honors and Awards

The Utah Division of State History and Utah State Historical Society are now accepting nominations for annual honors and awards recognizing individuals, groups, and scholarship for their significant contributions to history, prehistory, or historic preservation in the state of Utah.

Nominations are due by April 15, 2017. All award applications and documentation will be reviewed by award committees, and summaries and recommendations of the committees will be sent to the Board of State History for final selection of award winners. State History awards will be presented at the 65th Annual Utah State History Conference, to be held October 11-13, 2017. The Utah History Day Student Special Awards will be presented at the Utah History Day State Contest in April 2017.

Fellow and Honorary Life Member Awards 

The Utah State Historical Society’s highest honors are the Fellow and Honorary Life Member awards. Nominations must include a detailed cover letter outlining the nominees’ scholarship and achievements, accompanied by supporting material, including a c.v. Nominations must be submitted to Jedediah Rogers at jedediahrogers@utah.gov by February 15, 2017. They will then be vetted by State History staff and the Major Planning, Gifts and Awards Committee, approved by the Director, and selected by a vote of the Board of State History

Fellow of the Utah State Historical Society: Citation reads “for a distinguished career of [research and writing / service] in the field of [state history / historic preservation / archaeology].” Fellows must have a long and distinguished career in scholarly research and writing in, or have made an extraordinary contribution to state history, public policy, historic related public service, historic preservation or archaeology.

Honorary Life Member of the Utah State Historical Society: Citation reads “for distinguished service to the State and the Society.” Criteria include distinguished service and leadership over a long period of time. Honorary Life Members are vetted by State History staff and the Major Planning, Gifts and Awards Committee (subcommittee may be empaneled), approved by the Director, and selected by a vote of the Board of State History.

Book and Article Awards

The Utah State Historical Society has a long tradition of awarding special citations for scholarship to Utah’s history or an allied field. To nominate a book or article published in 2016, send four copies to Utah Historical Quarterly, 300 S. Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City, Utah 84101. In lieu of a hard copy, digital copies of published articles may be sent uhq@utah.gov.

Awards are as follows:

Francis Armstrong Madsen Best Book Award: Citation reads, “for the best book on Utah history published during [the preceding year].” The award is funded in honor of Francis Armstrong Madsen by the Madsen family. The award winner is selected by a committee appointed by the Chair of the Board of State History.

Smith-Pettit Foundation Best Documentary Book Award: Citation reads “for the best documentary book in Utah History published biennially.” The award is funded by the Smith-Pettit Foundation. The award winner is selected biennially by a committee appointed by the Chair of the Board of State History.

Dale L. Morgan Award: Citation reads “for the best scholarly article appearing in the Utah Historical Quarterly in [the previous year].” Criteria include innovative historical thinking, rigorous research, excellence in writing, and a topic and thesis that shed new light on the past. This award is funded by an annual gift from the Helen Papanikolas family in memory of Dale L. Morgan. The award winner is selected by a vote of Utah Historical Quarterly Advisory Board of Editors.

Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Award: Citation reads “for the best general-interest article appearing in Utah Historical Quarterly in [the previous year].” Criteria include appeal to the general public, excellence in research and writing, and potential to strengthen history’s influence. The award is funded by an annual gift from the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies. The award winner is selected by a vote of the Utah Historical Quarterly Advisory Board of Editors.

Nick Yengich Memorial Editors’ Choice Award: Citation reads “for the Utah Historical Quarterly article selected as editors’ choice for [the previous year].” Criteria include variety and quality of source materials, readability, and overall charm. The award is funded by an annual gift from Ron Yengich. The award winner is selected by a vote of the Editor/Publisher and managing editors.

LeRoy S. Axland History Article Award: Citation reads “for the best Utah history journal article or chapter in an edited collection appearing in a publication other than Utah Historical Quarterly in the previous year.” The award is funded by a gift from the LeRoy S. Axland Memorial Foundation. The award winner is selected by a committee appointed by the Chair of the Board of State History.

The Helen Papanikolas Award:  Citation reads “for the best college/university student’s paper of [year] on the subject of women’s history in Utah.” The award is funded through royalties from the book Women in Utah History: Paradigm or Paradox until the funds are exhausted. The award winner is selected from papers submitted to a committee appointed by the Chair of the Board of State History.

Amy Allen Price Military History Award: Criterion is for a book, article, or museum exhibit significantly contributing to an understanding of United States military history as it relates to Utah and funded by Amy Allen Price. The award winner is selected from submissions to a committee appointed by the Chair of the Board of State History.

Outstanding Contribution and Achievement Awards

These awards recognize exceptional contribution, service and/or achievement in the fields of history, archaeology, preservation, and/or historical archives. Three to four awards are generally given each year, except in the case of exceptional circumstances. These awards should recognize only those individuals, groups, or projects that have had a substantial positive impact on the public.

All projects must be completed within the past two years prior to nomination. Organizational nominations should include description of organization, mission, and programs. Documentation should accompany the form and should include a minimum of two letters of support, photos of project, exhibits, or visual arts, or copies of articles, books, videos, or scripts.

Nominations for these awards outlining the individual or groups contributions or achievements should be sent to Alycia Aldrich at aaldrich@utah.gov.

Utah History Day Student Special Awards

Glen and Caroline Miner Prize in Utah History. Citation reads, “Awarded to two outstanding student projects on Utah history at the Utah History Day State Contest each April.” Funded by the Smith-Pettit Foundation.

Charles Redd Center Prize in Western Studies. Citation reads “Awarded to up to four outstanding student projects on the American West at the Utah History Day State Contest each April.”

Fort Douglas Military Museum Prize. Citation reads, “Awarded to outstanding student projects on military history at the Utah History Day State Contest each April.”

Awardees will be selected and honored at the Utah History Day State Contest in April 2017.