UTAH DIVISION OF STATE HISTORY AND UTAH STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY AWARDS
The Utah Division of State History and Utah State Historical Society have a long tradition of recognizing
scholarship and extraordinary contributions to Utah history or an allied field.
Congratulations to this year's award winners!
2022 Honorary Life Members
Darren Parry, Northwest Band of Shoshone Nation
Mae Timbimboo Parry (1919-2007), Northwest Band of Shoshone Nation
Best Book Awards
Juanita Brooks Best Book in Utah history
Sponsored by the Smith-Pettit Foundation
Virginia Kerns. Sally in Three Worlds: An Indian Captive in the House of Brigham Young. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2021.
Finalist for Best Book in Utah History
Sponsored by the Smith-Pettit Foundation
Farina King, Michael P. Taylor, and James R. Swensen. Returning Home: Diné Creative Works from the Intermountain Indian School. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2021.
Best Article Awards
Dale L. Morgan Award for best scholarly article in UHQ
Sponsored by Allan and Thalia Smart and Zeese Papanikolas
“Organizing Farmers in Utah: Charles G. Patterson and the Intermountain Association of Sugar Beet Growers,” by Matthew C. Godfrey. Utah Historical Quarterly, Winter 2021.
Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Award for best general interest article in UHQ
Sponsored by Charles Redd Center for Western Studies
“I Have Shot My Betrayer: The Trial of Amanda Olson, 1890,” by Lisa Olsen Tait, Utah Historical Quarterly, Spring 2021.
Nick Yengich Memorial Editors’ Choice Award
Sponsored by Ronald J. Yengich
“Beehive Brews: A Heady History of the Becker Brewing and Malting Company,” by Cody Patton, Utah Historical Quarterly, Summer 2021.
Helen Papanikolas Student Paper Award
For best student paper on Utah history. The award includes a stipend funded from the royalties of the book, Women in Utah History: Paradigm or Paradox by editors Patricia Lyn Scott and Linda Thatcher.
CarrieAnne Simonini DeLoach, "Utah Women's Discharge Requests and the Price of Volunteer Enlistment in the Spanish-American War." Rice University, 2021.
Student Manuscript Award
For best manuscript submitted by a student for publication in Utah Historical Quarterly. The chosen manuscript will demonstrate innovative historical thinking, rigorous research, and excellence in writing. The manuscript will be published in UHQ, and the author will be awarded a cash prize.
The award winner is selected by UHQ editors.
None selected for 2022.
Utah History Day Awards
SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS
Arts & Culture Prize
Sponsored by Dom Gomes
Eden Jones, Hazel Wheeler, “Raising Voices of Democracy: The First Tour of the Fisk Jubilee Singers,” Junior Group Documentary, Lakeridge Junior High.
Better Days Women's History Prize
Meg Simpson, “Women’s Fight to Fight,” Junior Paper, Thomas Edison Charter School North.
Ashely Peterson, Gwen McConkie, John Paul Markosian “Dorothea Dix - A Diplomat for the Mentally Ill,” Senior Group Performance, Skylinne High School.
Charles Redd Center for Western History Prize
Daniella Lopez, Successes and Failures of La Raza Unida Party in the United States,” Junior Individual Documentary, Thomas Edison Charter School North.
Lance Larsen, “Powell's Debate Preventing Water Wars,” Junior Individual Website, Thomas Edison Charter School North.
Rachel Parke, “Mountain Meadows Massacre,” Senior Individual Exhibit, Mountain Heights Academy.
Wesley Ellsworth, “The Trail of Broken Treaties: A Pathway to Understanding Between the United States Government and the Native American Nation,” Senior Paper, Hillcrest High School.
Fort Douglas Military Museum Prize
Emrick Sorenson, “Causes and Consequences of the Pearl Harbor Attack,” Junior Individual Documentary, Highland Elementary.
Jared Patterson, “The Napoleonic Wars: The Diplomatic Legacy of An Emperor,” Junior Individual Performance, Lakeridge Junior High.
Kylan Heiner, Porter Bates, “The Great Debate: Should the US Join WWII,” Junior Group Performance, Thomas Edison Charter School South.
Aiden de Boer, Charity Dummar, “Protests of Vietnam - The Debate to End the War,” Senior Group Documentary, Skyline High School.
Jocelyn Millington, “Debate and Diplomacy: How the Mercury 13 Affected Social Order in the 60's,” Senior Individual Performance,” Westlake High School.
Glen and Caroline Miner Prize In Utah History
Sponsored by Smith-Pettit Foundation
Charlotte Desmond, “Bears Ears National Monument,” Junior Individual Documentary, Home School.
Kimari Perng, “The Civil Liberties Act: An Attempt to Make Amends,” Junior Individual Documentary, Mountain Heighs Academy.
History in Government Prize
Sponsored by Utah State Archives and Records Service
Ava Cordova, “The Debate On Mass Surveillance In The US: Is It Really Legal?,” Junior Paper, Lakeridge Junior High.
Mariah George, “Religious Freedom in America: Under God, Under Debate,” Senior vidual Exhibit, Carbon High School.
Science, Technology, and Medicine Prize
Sponsored by Utah STEM Action Center
Leah Sweeney, “Human Experimentation in Nazi Germany: A Debate of Ethical Proportions,” Junior Individual Documentary, Helper Middle School.
Jayashabari Shankar, “The Power of Words: How Rachel Carson Sparked the Environmental Movement Through Debate and Diplomacy,” Senior Paper, Hillcrest High School.
Oregon-California Trails Association Prize
Brigham Russo, Lincoln Cragun, Sawyer Urry “Bear River Massacre,” Junior Group Website, Orion Junior High.
Caroline Woodbury, “Polygamy, Misogyny, and Triumph: The Fight for Women's Suffrage in Utah,” Junior Individual Performance, St. Vincent de Paul Parish School.
Luke Brady, Samuel Dart, “The Mexican American War: The Territorial War,” Senior Group Exhibit, Carbon High School.
University of Utah Social and Civil Rights Prize
Carter May, Robert Foster, “Jackie Robinson and the Debate about Segregation,” Junior Group Website, Lakeridge Junior High.
Brook Hardin, “Native American Boarding School,” Senior Group Exhibit, Ogden High School.
University of Utah World History Prize
Cassidy Seo, Laneah Schafer ““Debate and Diplomacy in the Treaty of Versailles,” Junior Group Documentary, Providence Hall Junior High.
Marina Peng, “Commodore Perry in Japan: The Perry Expedition's Diplomatic Exploits to Unlock Japan,” Senior Paper, Rowland Hall.
Outstanding Achievement Awards
These awards recognize exceptional or long-term 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. Outstanding Achievement Awards are selected by a committee represented by Division staff, and approved by the Director and a vote of the Board of State History.
Sen. Jani Iwamoto
Senator Iwamoto is a champion of our work at the Utah Division of State History and of telling a fuller and richer story of Utah's history. In the 2022 legislative session, Sen. Iwamoto secured critical, one time and ongoing educational funding of $350,000 for the Peoples of Utah Revisited, State History's flagship project for America250. The funding will be used to support the POUR Initiative through 2026. Specifically, the agency was able to hire a Community Engagement Coordinator with these funds who will develop a Community history program that includes oral history work, community outreach, and a program that will document untold and unrepresented history from communities across Utah. Senator Iwamoto's tireless work and support over the years is evident in her years of work at the state
Think Water Utah Project Partners
Think Water Utah project is a statewide collaboration and conversation on the critical topic of water presented by Utah Humanities and its partners. Think Water Utah aims to forge a network of public history and cultural institutions across the state, and to promote public understanding of water in Utah. Through exhibits, resources, and partnerships, Think Water Utah engaged Utahns in a critical conversation about water and strengthened a statewide network of public history institutions.
2020 William P. MacKinnon Award
For the professional development of meritorious employees of the Utah Division of State History
Amy Barry, Utah Cemetery Program Manager, 2022