2013 MHA Award Winners

By June 7, 2013

JIers clean house.

JIers clean house.

As announced at this evening’s Awards Banquet in Layton, Utah:

Best Undergraduate Paper

• Joseph R. Stuart, “The Time Has Come: The Context and Post Script of the 1890 Woodruff Manifesto.” Brigham Young University

 Best Graduate Paper

• Benjamin Park, “Early Mormonism and the Paradoxes of Democratic Religiosity in Jacksonian America,” University of Cambridge

Best Thesis Award

• Matthew Lund, “The Vox Populi is the Vox Dei: American Localism and the Mormon Expulsion from Jackson County, Missouri,” Utah State University

Best Dissertation Award

• Richard D. Ouellette, “The Mormon Temple Lot Case: Space, Memory, and Identity in a Divided New Religion,” University of Texas at Austin

Best Article on Mormon Women’s History

• Lisa Olsen Tait, “The Young Woman’s Journal: Gender and Generations in a Mormon Women’s Magazine,” American Periodicals 22.1 (2012): 51-71.

Best International Article Award

• Ronald E. Bartholomew, “The Role of Local Missionaries in Nineteenth-Century England,” in Reid L. Nielson and Fred E. Woods, eds. Go Ye Into All the World: The Growth and Development of Mormon Missionary Work (Provo, UT: BYU Religious Studies Center, 2012).

Article Awards of Excellence (2)

• Adam Jortner, “Solomon Spaulding’s Indians, or, What the ‘Manuscript Found’ Really Tells Us,” Journal of Mormon History 38:4 (Fall 2012): 226-247.

• Benjamin E. Park, “(Re)Interpreting Early Mormon Thought: Synthesizing Joseph Smith’s Theology and the Process of Religion Formation,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 45:2 (Summer 2012): 59-88.

Best Article Award

• Christopher C. Jones, “Mormonism in the Methodist Marketplace, James Covel and the Historical Background of Doctrine and Covenants 39-40,” BYU Studies Quarterly 51:1 (2012), 67-98.

Best Family and Community History Award

• Stephen G. Schwendiman, The Mendon Saints: Their Lives and Legacy, Vol. 2 (Salt Lake City: Eborn Books, 2012).

Best International Book Award

• Marjorie Newton, Tiki and Temple: The Mormon Mission in New Zealand, 1854-1958 (Draper, UT: Greg Kofford Books, 2012).

Best First Book Award

• J. Spencer Fluhman, A Peculiar People: Anti-Mormonism and the Making of Religion in Nineteenth-Century America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012).

Best Documentary History /Bibliography Award

• Joseph Smith Jr., The Joseph Smith Papers, Histories Vol. 1, 1832-1844, eds. Karen Lynn Davidson, David J. Whittaker, Mark Ashurst-McGee, and Richard L. Jensen. The Joseph Smith Papers: Histories, Volume 1. Salt Lake City: The Church Historian’s Press, 2012.

• Joseph Smith Jr., The Joseph Smith Papers, Histories Vol. 2, Assigned Histories, 1831-1847, edited by Karen Lynn Davidson, Richard L. Jenson, and David J. Whittaker. Salt Lake City: The Church Historian’s Press, 2012.

Best Biography Award

• John G. Turner, Brigham Young, Pioneer Prophet. Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012.

Best Book Award

• Brandon Plewe, S. Kent Brown, Donald Q. Cannon, and Richard H. Jackson, eds., Mapping Mormonism: An Atlas of Latter-Day Saint History. Provo, Utah: BYU Press, 2012.

Leonard J. Arrington Award 

• Martha Bradley Evans

Special Citation 

• Jan Shipps

• Christopher Talmage Jones

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  1. Congrats to everyone, but especially to the JIers!

    Comment by David G. — June 8, 2013 @ 2:24 am

  2. Congratulations!
    Please can someone help with the links to these articles? (I’ve read Ben’s article, it was awesome!)

    Comment by FrancisE. — June 8, 2013 @ 3:01 am

  3. Great lineup! Thanks for posting the news so quickly – and looking forward to more JI coverage of the conference and its luminaries.

    Comment by Tona H — June 8, 2013 @ 6:28 am

  4. Fabulous news!

    Comment by Tod Robbins — June 8, 2013 @ 8:29 am

  5. Francis,

    I added links to all the articles and books I could find.

    Comment by Tod R. — June 8, 2013 @ 9:24 am

  6. Thanks, everyone, and congrats to Ben, Joey, and the rest of the winners, as well!

    And congrats to the other Christopher Jones, whose efforts at historic preservation for Mormon sites over the last five decades (as well as financially supporting MHA for years), received the recognition they deserve with his special citation.

    Comment by Christopher — June 8, 2013 @ 10:08 am

  7. Wow, that’s great!

    Comment by Saskia — June 9, 2013 @ 8:43 am

  8. Congratulations to Chistopher Jones who we knew as Elder Jones when he served in Gilbert AZ. My library is ready for the books you will write. Good job!

    Comment by Kim Walker — June 10, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

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