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2018 Award Winners

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Annual Conference in Fort Smith       Under Construction

Lifetime Achievement Award

Paul S. Austin – for his outstanding contributions to preserving Native American heritage and supporting Arkansas history   
Introduced and presented by Mark Christ 
Paul giving his acceptance speech Paul1, Paul2, Paul3 

S. Charles Bolton – for his lasting impact on the history profession through his excellent and ground-breaking scholarship and as an inspirational educator for generations of UALR students Charles Bolton
Introduced and presented by Billy Higgins
Charles giving his acceptance speech Charles 

Ellen Compton – for her stalwart dedication and passion in collecting, archiving, and preserving Arkansas history
Introduced and presented by Tom Dillard
Ellen giving her acceptance speech Ellen

Diamond Award

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, for its fifty years as one of the best regional museums in the nation
Allyn Lord receiving for the Museum

Arkansas Archeological Survey, for its vast contributions to the understanding of Arkansas’s early history
Ann Early and Kathy Cande receiving for the Survey

J. G. Ragsdale Book Award

Mildred Diane Gleason – Dardanelle and the Bottoms:  Environment, Agriculture, and Economy in an Arkansas River Community, 1819-1970

University of Arkansas Press – publisher of this year’s Ragsdale Book Award, pictured is David Scott Cunningham

James H. Atkinson Award

Samantha Woodcock – for excellence in the teaching of Arkansas history in Waldron Middle School, Waldron

Lucille Westbrook Award

Colin Woodward – for his outstanding contribution to local Arkansas history in his essay “Family and the Federal Government:  How Johnny Cash Got through the Great Depression”

Violet B. Gingles Award

Brooks Blevins – for his outstanding contribution to Arkansas history in his essay “Reconstruction in the Ozarks:  Simpson Mason, William Monks, and the War that Refused to End”

 Susannah DeBlack Award

James Babb – for best book in Arkansas history for young readers The Devil’s Den 
Tom and Susannah DeBlack presenting    James Babb

Tom Dillard Advocacy Award

J. French Hill – for sustained support for the preservation and study of Arkansas history   

James L. Foster & Billy W. Beason Award

Cane West – for his outstanding contribution to Arkansas history with his dissertation “Environmental Negotiations Cherokee Sovereignty in the Arkansas Valley, 1812-1828”

John William Graves Book Award

Guy Lancaster – 

Award of Merit

Cabot Public Schools’ Arkansas Great War Letters Project – for locating and transcribing letters that World War I soldiers wrote home to Arkansas and making them available to the public online
Mike Polston receiving for the Project

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture’s Digitization Project – to gather and make available information on the Civil Rights struggle in Arkansas, especially the Little Rock Crisis of 1957-1959
Sarah Bost and   receiving for the Project

Walter L. Brown Award for Best County or Local Journal

The Pulaski County Historical Review
Pulaski County Historical Society, Bob Razer, Editor

Walter L. Brown Award Honorable Mention for next Best County or Local Journal

The Journal
Fort Smith Historical Society, Billy Higgins, Editor

Walter L. Brown Award Best Use of Graphics

The Record
Fort Smith Historical Society, Billy Higgins, Editor

Walter L. Brown Award for Best Article

Jodi Barnes  “The Archaeology of Health & Healing at the Hollywood Plantation”
Drew County Historical Journal, Drew County Historical Society

Walter L. Brown Award for Best Biography, Autobiography, or Memoir

Charlotte Jeffers, Bob Thompson, and Laverne Todd  “Louis T. Krestschmar:  The Man & Myth”
Clark County Historical Journal, Clark County Historical Association

Walter L. Brown Award for Best Family History

Colin Woodward  “The Days Before Dyess:  Johnny Cash’s Family”
Pulaski County Historical Review,  Pulaski County Historical Society

Walter L. Brown Award for Best Church History

Bob Razer  “The Spirit of Those Times:  Slavery and Arkansas’s Methodist Church”
Pulaski County Historical Review, Pulaski County Historical Society

Walter L. Brown Award for Best Community History

Christopher Dorer  “Little Italy:  A Look Back”
Pulaski County Historical Review, Pulaski County Historical Society

Walter L. Brown Award for Best School History

Gena Seidenshwarz and Glenn Mosenthin  “Stuttgart Training School:  A History and Curriculum”
Grand Prairie Historical Bulletin, Grand Prairie Historical Society

Walter L. Brown Award for Best Business History

Windle Porter  “N.B. Smith:  Griffithville’s Undertaker and Funeral Director”
White County Heritage, White County Historical Society

Walter L. Brown Award for Best Edited Document

Jane A. Wilkerson  “Their Hearts Were In The Coffin’:  Samuel Hamblen’s First Hand Account of President Lincoln’s Funeral”
The Record, Garland County Historical Society

Walter L. Brown Award for Best Newsletter

The Salt Shaker, Saline County History & Heritage Society, Steve Perdue, Editor