60th Annual
Missouri Conference on History
and Midwest Regional Meeting of Phi Alpha Theta

Award Nominations

The Missouri Conference on History encourages great new scholarship through its annual awards. Awards with cash prizes are granted to outstanding books, articles, and student papers each year. Award winners are announced at the Missouri Conference on History.

Nomination details for 2018 awards will be published on this page at the end of 2017.

Lloyd Gaines and the Fight to End Segregation by James W. Endersby and William T. Horner, 2017 Book Award Recipient

2017 Book Award Recipient

Book Award

The Book Award will be given to the best volume on any historical topic written by a Missouri resident and published in 2017. The winner will receive a $500 prize.


Dr. Lawrence O. Christensen

Dr. Lawrence O. Christensen

Lawrence O. Christensen Article Award

Articles eligible for nomination must relate to a Missouri history topic and be published during the 2017 calendar year (no restriction on residence of the author). The author of the winning article will receive a $250 prize.

Sharon Romeo of the University of Alberta won the Christensen Article Award in 2017.


Student Papers

Colby S. Turberville, 2017 Student Paper Prize Recipient

Colby S. Turberville, 2017 Student Paper Prize Recipient

Student Paper Prize

The Missouri Conference on History presents a $250 prize for the best student paper presented at each year's conference.


Tanya L. Jones, 2017 Morrow Prize Recipient

Tanya L. Jones, 2017 Morrow Prize Recipient

Lynn and Kristen Morrow Missouri History Student Prize

The annual Morrow Missouri History Student Prize is a $150 prize for the best student paper on an aspect of Missouri history presented at the conference.


Award Recipients

The Missouri Conference on History is proud to offer awards with cash prizes to outstanding efforts in the study of history. The past recipients of these awards and prizes are listed below.

Book Award

The Book Award is given to the best volume on any historical topic written by a Missouri resident and published within the preceeding year.

Year Recipient Affiliation Book Title Book Publisher
2017 James W. Endersby and William T. Horner University of Missouri-Columbia Lloyd Gaines and the Fight to End Segregation University of Missouri Press
2016 Benjamin Looker Saint Louis University A Nation of Neighborhoods: Imagining Cities, Communities, and Democracy in Postwar America University of Chicago Press
2015 Lorri Glover Saint Louis University Founders As Fathers: The Private Lives and Politics of the American Revolutionaries Yale University Press
2014 Jeffrey L. Pasley University of Missouri-Columbia The First Presidential Contest: 1796 and the Founding of American Democracy University Press of Kansas
2013 Thomas C. Danisi Independent Scholar Uncovering the Truth about Meriwether Lewis Prometheus Books
2012 Michael Jan Rozbicki Saint Louis University Culture and Liberty in the Age of the American Revolution University of Virginia Press
2011 Diane Mutti Burke University of Missouri-Kansas City On Slavery's Border: Missouri's Small-Slaveholding Households, 1815-1865 University of Georgia Press
2010 Brooks Blevins Missouri State University Arkansas/Arkansaw: How Bear Hunters, Hillbillies, and Good Ol Boys Defined a State University of Arkansas Press
2009 Shannon L. Fogg Missouri University of Science & Technology The Politics of Everyday Life in Vichy France: Foreigners, Undesirables, and Strangers Cambridge University Press

Lawrence O. Christensen Article Award

The Lawrence O. Christensen Article Award is given to the best article on any Missouri-related historical topic published within the preceeding year. There are no restrictions on the residence of the author.

Year Recipient Affiliation Article Title Article Source
2017 Sharon Romeo University of Alberta "'The First Morning of Their Freedom': African American Women, Black Testimony, and Military Justice in Civil War Missouri" Missouri Historical Review, April 2016
2016 Jeremy Neely Missouri State University "'A Pure Son of Missouri': Freeman Barrows at the Crossroads of the Slaveholding Frontier" Missouri Historical Review, July 2015
2015 Carl J. Ekberg and Sharon K. Person Illinois State University (Ekberg) and St. Louis Community College (Pearson) "Tracking Pierre Laclède, 1763-66: A Trading Career Gone Wrong" Missouri Historical Review, April 2014
2014 Todd Barnett University of Missouri-Columbia "The 'Great Controversy': The Press, Religion, and Society in Gilded Age St. Louis" Missouri Historical Review, January 2013
2013 Holly A. Baggett Missouri State University "The Creation of a Community: A History of Gay and Lesbian Springfield, 1945-2010" Springfield's Urban Histories: Essays on the Queen City of the Missouri Ozarks, ed. Stephen L. McIntyre, Moon City Press, 2012
2012 Michael J. McVicar The Ohio State University "Aggressive Philanthropy: Progressivism, Conservatism, and the William Volker Charities Fund" Missouri Historical Review, July 2011
2011 Rebecca S. Montgomery Texas State University "'With the Brain of a Man and the Heart of a Woman': Missouri Women and Rural Change, 1890-1945 Missouri Historical Review, April 2010
2010 Carolyn Gilman Independent Scholar "LAnne du Coup: The Battle of St. Louis, 1780" Missouri Historical Review, April and July 2009
2009 James N. Giglio Missouri State University "'Tom, You're Not Going to Get [It] On a Silver Platter': The Inaugural Senate Campaign of Thomas F. Eagleton" Missouri Historical Review, April 2008

Student Papers

Student Paper Prize

The Missouri Conference on History is presented for the best student paper presented at each year's conference.

Year Recipient Affiliation Paper Title
2017 Colby S. Turberville University of Missouri-Columbia "Lothar I: Co-Emperor, Rebel, and King (817–855)"
2016 Sean Rost University of Missouri-Columbia "'The Department of Balderdash and Near Socialism': Herbert Blumer and the Burrall Bible Class Controversy"
2015 Paula Hunt University of Missouri-Columbia "'When You Think of Them, Be Thankful That You Were Not Born a Little Slave': The Politics of Family in The Slave's Friend"
2014 Danielle Nicole Griego University of Missouri, Columbia "Suicide and Misadventure in Coroners' Rolls for the City of Oxford in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries"
2013 Paula Hunt University of Missouri-Columbia "Elijah Lovejoy: Publishing, Faith, and Abolition in 1830s St. Louis"
2012 Sarah Lirley McCune University of Missouri-Columbia "Prostitution, Suicide, and Respectability: St. Louis, Missouri, Coroner's Inquests, 1875-1900"
2011 Michael A. Ridge Jr. University of Iowa The Future Great City of the World Seeks to Fulfill Its Destiny with Mexico, St. Louis and Mexico, 1878-1907"
2010 Joshua M. Nygren University of Kansas "Making the Most Use of the Best Land: The Evolution of the Rural Zoning Idea in Northern Wisconsin, 1925-1945"
2009 Jeffrey D. Howison Binghamton University 'This Is Not a Cotton-Picker's Dream': The National Commission on Constitutional Government and the Formation of the 'New Right'"

Lynn and Kristen Morrow Missouri History Student Prize

The annual Morrow Missouri History Student Prize is awarded for the best student paper on an aspect of Missouri history presented at the conference.

Year Recipient Affiliation Paper Title
2017 Tanya L. Jones Lindenwood University "The Impact of Jewish American Identity and Assimilation in the Reform Movement"
2016 Zachary Dowdle University of Missouri-Columbia "'Not in the Habit of Sleeping with Men': Politics and Masculinity in Antebellum Missouri"
2015 None
2014 Amy L. Fluker University of Mississippi "'We Cannot Live on Memories': Missouri's Homes for Civil War Veterans, 1890-1950"
2013 Sarah Lirley McCune University of Missouri-Columbia "Dishonor, Desertion, and Suicide: Respectability and Death Investigations in Late Nineteenth-Century St. Louis"
2012 Luke Ritter Saint Louis University "Racial Discrimination in the Open Housing Movement, St. Louis County, 1968-1977"
2011 Clinton McDuffie University of Missouri-Kansas City "Sports and Nationalism: The 1904 St. Louis Olympics and National Identity"