Michael P. Malone Prize

The Western History Association offers the Michael P. Malone Award for the best article, essay, or commentary on state, provincial, or territorial history in North America appearing in a periodical publication. Articles should concentrate on events of historical significance centering on a state, province, or territory in North America. A certificate and $500 cash prize will be awarded to the author of the winning essay. The publisher of the winning essay will receive a certificate.


Nominations must be made by the editor of the journal in which the article or essay appeared. Journal editors may consult with their editorial boards when making their nominations but are limited to nominating one article per year. Submissions are due April 1, 2017.

   2017 Committee

Jeff Pappas - Chair

New Mexico Historic Preservation Division
Department of Cultural Affairs
Bataan Memorial Building

407 Galisteo Street, Suite 236

Santa Fe, NM 87501

jeff.pappas@state.nm.us

Catherine McNeur
Department of History
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

cmcneur@pdx.edu


Jon Lauck

5200 South Sweetbriar Circle
Sioux Falls, SD 57108

jlauck1941@hotmail.com

Michael Peter Malone (1940 - 1999) was an American historian who served from 1991 to 1999 as the 10th president of Montana State University. One of Montana's preeminent historians and writers, he was named by both The Missoulian and the Great Falls Tribune newspapers as one of the 100 most influential Montanans of the 20th century. His Montana: A History of Two Centuries (co-written with Richard B. Roeder) was called the "definitive history of the state" by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. His final work, The American West (co-written with Richard W. Etulain), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Malone served his profession in a wide range of ways. He was a member of the board of directors of the Montana Historical Society, the executive council of the Western History Association, the Montana Committee for the Humanities, and the Montana Bicentennial Commission. He was also a member of the editorial board of Montana, The Magazine of Western History, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, and the Pacific Historical Review.

Past Winners

2015| Andrew Baker for ""From Rural South to Metropolitan Sunbelt: Creating a Cowboy Identity in the Shadow of Houston" published in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly (July 2014)

2013 | Linda C. Noel for “’I am an American’: Anglos, Mexicans, Nativos, and the National Debate over Arizona and New Mexico Statehood,” Pacific Historical Review (August 2011)

2011 | David Prior for “Civilization, Republic, Nation: Contested Keywords, Northern Republicans, and the Forgotten Reconstruction of Mormon Utah,” Civil War History (2010)

2009 | Karl Jacoby for “The Broad Platform of Extermination: Nature and Violence in the Nineteenth Century North American Borderlands,” Journal of Genocide Research (June 2008)

2007 | Susan Sessions Rugh for “Branding Utah: Industrial Tourism in the Postwar American West,” Western Historical Quarterly (Winter 2006)

2006 | Thomas A. Krainz for “Culture and Poverty: Progressive Era Relief in the Rural West,” Pacific Historical Review (February 2005)

2005 | Gregg Cantrell for “The Bones of Stephen F. Austin: History and Memory in Progressive-Era Texas,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly (October 2004)

2004 | Keith Tolman for “Tea Kettle on a Raft: A History of Navigation on the Upper Red River” in Chronicles of Oklahoma, Winter 2003-2004.

2003 | Suzanne Barta Julin for “Art Meets Politics: Peter Norbeck, Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Sylvan Lake Hotel Commission,” South Dakota History (Summer 2002)

2002 | Frederick Allen for “Montana Vigilantes and the Origins of 3/7/77,” Montana The Magazine of Western History (Spring 2001)

2001 | Walter L. Buenger for “Texas and the South,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly (January 2000)


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