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Utah State Historical Society Best Book and Article Nominations

Published in 2015, awarded at 2016 Annual Meeting


Nominations for the Francis Armstrong Madsen Best Utah History Book Award

Thomas Carter, Building Zion: The Material World of Mormon Settlement (University of Minnesota Press)

Richard Francaviglia, The Mapmakers of New Zion: A Cartographic History of Mormonism (University of Utah Press)

Dave Hall, A Faded Legacy: Amy Brown Lyman and Mormon Women’s Activism, 1872-1959 (University of Utah Press)

Michael Hicks, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography (University of Illinois Press)

Robert S. McPherson, Life in a Corner: Cultural Episodes in Southeastern Utah, 1880-1950 (University of Oklahoma)

Charles S. Peterson and Brian Q. Cannon, The Awkward State of Utah: Coming of Age in the Nation, 1896-1945 (University of Utah Press)

Paul Reeve, Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness (Oxford University Press)


Nominations for Best Utah Historical Quarterly Article Awards (Dale L. Morgan Award for Best Scholarly Article and Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Award for Best General Interest Article)

Winter 2015

Robert E. Parson, “Neither Poet nor Prophet: S. George Ellsworth and the History of Utah”

Douglas H. Page Jr., Sarah E. Page, Thomas J. Straka, and Nathan D. Thomas, “Charcoal and Its Role in Utah Mining History”

Kathryn L. MacKay, “The Chocolate Dippers’ Strike of 1910”

Emma Louise Penrod, “Tooele, Touch Typing, and the Catholic Saint Marguerite-Marie Alacoque”

Gary Topping, “Transformation of the Cathedral: An Interview with Gregory Glenn”

Spring 2015

Bruce W. Worthen, “‘Zachary Taylor Is Dead and in Hell and I Am Glad of It!’: The Political Intrigues of Almon Babbitt”

Steve Siporin, “A Bear and a Bandit”

Chase Chamberlain and Robert S. McPherson, “Desert Cold Warriors: Southeastern Utah’s Fight against Communism, 1951–1981”

Summer 2015

Marshall E. Bowen, “The Russian Molokans of Park Valley”

Kathryn L. MacKay, “The Uncompahgre Reservation and the Hill Creek Extension”

Christine Cooper-Rompato, “Women Inventors in Utah Territory”

Fall 2015

Alexander L. Baugh, “John C. Frémont’s 1843–44 Western Expedition and Its Influence on Mormon Settlement in Utah”

Ephriam D. Dickson III, “‘Shadowy Figures about Whom Little Is Known’: Artists of the Simpson Expedition, 1858–59”

Susan Rhoades Neel, “Love among the Fossils: Earl and Pearl Douglass at Dinosaur National Monument”


Nominations for Best Article on Utah History Not Published in the Utah Historical Quarterly (Suitter Axland Award)

Thomas Alexander, “Brigham Young and the Transformation of Utah Wilderness, 1847–58,” Journal of Mormon History 41, no. 1 (2015): 103–24.

Nancy Stowe Kadar, “The Young Democrats and Hugh Nibley at BYU,” Journal of Mormon History 41, no. 4 (2015): 43–73.

David Rich Lewis, “Skull Valley Goshutes and the Politics of Place, Identity, and Sovereignty in Rural Utah,” in David B. Danbom, ed., Bridging the Distance: Common Issues of the Rural West (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2015), 239–76.

Benjamin Lindquist, “Testimony of the Senses: Latter-day Saints and the Civilized Soundscape,” Western Historical Quarterly 46, no. 1 (2015): 53–74.

Michael R. Polk, “Interpreting Chinese Worker Camps on the Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah,” Historical Archaeology 49, no. 1 (2015).

Samuel A. Smith, “The Cities of Zion? Mormon and non-Mormon town plans in the U.S. Mountain West, 1847–1930,” Journal of Historical Geography (October 2015).