February 13, 2019

Congratulations 2019 Award Winners!

Please join us in congratulating this year’s award winners for outstanding achievement in a variety of public history formats. We hope you will help us celebrate during the 2019 Annual Meeting at the Awards Breakfast on Saturday, March 30, at the Connecticut Convention Center, 8:00 am – 10:00 am. For more detailed information on our award winners visit http://bit.ly/ncphawards2019.

Outstanding Public History Project Award

This award is presented for work that contributes to broader public reflection and appreciation of the past or that serves as a model of professional public history practice. NCPH acknowledges the generous support of Stevie and Ted Wolf that makes this award possible.


We are the Roots: Black Settlers and their Experiences with Discrimination on the Canadian Prairies
Jenna Bailey, Centre for Oral History and Tradition, University of Lethbridge; Deborah Dobbins, Shiloh Centre for Multicultural Roots; and David Este, University of Calgary


The Orange Story
Jasmine Alinder and Patrick Hall, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Erika Street Hopman, Chavo Bart Digital Media; Jason Matsumoto and Eugene Sun Park, Full Spectrum Features 

NCPH Book Award

For the best new book about or growing out of public history theory, study, or practice. 


Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture
(University of Chicago Press, 2017)
Chip Colwell, Denver Museum of Nature and Science


Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast
(Yale University Press, 2018)
Christine M. Delucia, Mount Holyoke College

Excellence in Consulting Awards

These awards recognize outstanding contributions to the field of public history through consulting or contract work.


Commemoration and Collaboration: An Administrative History of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
Jackie Gonzales, Emily Greenwald, Dawn Vogel, Jessi Frank, Kayla Blackman, and Nick Kryloff, Historical Research Associates, Inc.


Our Only Alma Mater:” The Civilian Conservation Corps and the C&O Canal
Josh Howard, Passel Historical Consulting


A History of the Cushman Hydroelectric Project: Tacoma Power, the Skokomish Tribe, and the Skokomish River, 1910-2016
Paul Sadin, Historical Research Associates, Inc.

Wesley Johnson Award

Named in honor of the founding editor of The Public Historian, this award recognizes the most outstanding article appearing in the NCPH journal during the previous volume year.


“Building Homes for Black History: Museum Founders, Founding Directors, and Pioneers, 1915-95”
“State of Black Museums: Historiography Commemorating the Founding and Existence of Black Museums over Four Decades” special issue, The Public Historian Vol 40, No 3
Fath Davis Ruffins, Smithsonian National Museum of American History


“The Impact of Social Movements on the Development of African American Museums”
“State of Black Museums: Historiography Commemorating the Founding and Existence of Black Museums over Four Decades” special issue, The Public Historian Vol 40, No 3
John E. Fleming, National Museum of African American Music

Student Project Award

This award recognizes the contributions of student work to the field of public history and provides assistance for NCPH annual meeting travel costs.


Owning Up: Racism and Housing in Minneapolis
Kacie Lucchini Butcher and Denise Pike, University of Minnesota


An Extraordinary Look into Ordinary Lives: Uncovering Dorchester’s Industrial School for Girls, 1859-1880
Sarah Black, University of Massachusetts Boston

New Professional Travel Awards

These travel awards assist individuals who are new to the field and practice of public history in attending the NCPH annual meeting, helping them become more connected with other members of the profession early in their careers.


Porsha Dossie, National Park Service, Park History Program


Sonya Laney, Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum and North Carolina State Historic Site

Graduate Student Travel Awards

The Graduate Student Travel Award provides assistance for conference travel costs for five graduate students who will present a poster or will participate in a session or working group at the NCPH annual meeting. Congratulations this year go to:

Nichelle Frank, University of Oregon
Holly Genovese, University of Texas at Austin
Daniel Milowski, Arizona State University
Heather Stanfiel, University of Notre Dame
Jackie Swihart, IUPUI

A copy of the press release is available at http://bit.ly/2019ncphawardspress and a full description of the award winners is available at http://bit.ly/ncphawards2019.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!