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.
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.
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.
The Missouri Conference on History presents a $250 prize for the best student paper presented at each year's conference.
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.
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.
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|
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|
The Missouri Conference on History is presented for the best student paper presented at each year's conference.
|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'"|
The annual Morrow Missouri History Student Prize is awarded for the best student paper on an aspect of Missouri history presented at the conference.
|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"|
|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"|