2009 MHA Award Recipients

By May 23, 2009

Award Recipients from the 2009 MHA Awards Banquet.

Leonard J. Arrington Award

Edward Leo Lyman


MHA Best Book Award

Ronald W. Walker, Richard E. Turley, Jr. and Glen M. Leonard

Massacre at Mountain Meadows


Smith-Petit Best First Book Award

William P. MacKinnon

At Sword’s Point: A Documentary History of the Utah War to 1858


Turner-Bergera Best Biography Award

Gary Topping

Leonard J. Arrington: A Historian’s Life


William B. Smart

Mormonism’s Last Colonizer: The Life and Times of William H. Smart


Christensen Best Documentary Award

Dean C. Jessee, Mark Ashurst-McGee, and Richard L. Jensen

The Joseph Smith Papers: Journals, v. 1, 1832-1839


Geraldine McBride Woodward International Mormon History Award

Mark L. Grover

A Land of Promise and Prophecy: Elder A. Theodore Tuttle in South America


Thomas Rice King Family or Community History Award

Wendel Walton with Hilary Hendricks

The Family of John Birch & Ann Craven in the Nineteenth Century


T. Edgar Lyon Best Article of the Year Award

J. Spencer Fluhman

“‘An American Mahomet’: Joseph Smith, Muhammad, and the Problems of Prophets in Antebellum America”


J. Talmage Jones Awards of Excellence

Samuel Brown

“The Translator and the Ghostwriter: Joseph Smith and W. W. Phelps”


Matthew Bowman

“The Crisis of Mormon Christology: History, Progress, and Protestantism”


Gerald E. Jones Dissertation Award

Mark Ashurst-McGee

Arizona State University

“Zion Rising: Joseph Smith’s Early Social and Political Thought”


Lester E. Bush Award for Two Best Theses

Samuel A. Smith

Pennsylvania State University

“The Wasp in the Beehive: Non-Mormon Presence in the 1880s Utah”


Zachary Ray Jones

The College of William and Mary

“Mormon Proselytizing in Russian Finland, 1860-1914


Juanita Brooks Best Graduate Paper

Matthew Bowman

“Liturgy as History: An Approach to Mormon Worship, 1830-2008”


Juanita Brooks Best Undergraduate Paper

Benjamin E. Park

“Build, Therefore, Your Own World”: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Joseph Smith, and American Antebellum Thought”


Special Citaions

Warren Archer

Brent Corcoran

Kevin Jones

Lavina Fielding Anderson

(For Contributions to the Journal of Mormon History)


Newell Bringhurst

MHA Historian 2002-2008


Thomas L. Kane Award

Anne M. Burke

Daniel J. Burke

(For their work in obtaining an apology from the state of Illinois toward the LDS Church)

Congrats to all the winners, especially JI’s own Matt Bowman for cleaning house.

Article filed under Announcements and Events


  1. Congrats Matt and Ben!

    Comment by Jared T — May 23, 2009 @ 12:47 am

  2. It’s an honor to know you both! Congratulations.

    Comment by Ardis Parshall — May 23, 2009 @ 5:41 am

  3. Congrats on your prize Ben, and your excellent paper on Common Sense.

    Comment by smb — May 23, 2009 @ 10:24 am

  4. Yes, congratulations all around. Anyone can blog, but it takes talent to publish.

    Comment by Dave — May 23, 2009 @ 10:48 am

  5. Well-deserved congratulations!

    Comment by Edje — May 23, 2009 @ 11:21 am

  6. Congrats, indeed.

    Comment by Christopher — May 23, 2009 @ 12:42 pm

  7. double congrats Matt – you da man.

    Comment by Dallas Robbins — May 23, 2009 @ 3:15 pm

  8. Hi, nice posts there :-) thank’s for the interesting information

    Comment by Mike — May 23, 2009 @ 4:00 pm

  9. A great crop of deserving researchers this year. We were fortunate to be sitting with Ben during the Awards Banquet & got to congratulate him personally — between his furious text messaging of the results to the online community. Congrats again.

    Comment by John Hamer — May 23, 2009 @ 10:42 pm

  10. Congrats to you both! Matt–you are a machine. Way to go. I missed being there this year.

    Comment by KateB — May 24, 2009 @ 7:10 pm

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