MHA Award Winners 2011

By May 27, 2011

Below are this year’s Mormon History Association award winners. Juvenile Instructor bloggers are identified in blue.


Juanita Brooks Undergraduate Student Paper Award: Justin R. Bray (history major, BYU), “‘All progressive Wards Are Buying’: The Individual Sacrament Cup”

Juanita Brooks Graduate Student Paper Award: Jared T.amez (PhD student, history, University of Texas—El Paso), “‘Out of This Part of Babylon’: Colonizing Mexican Mormons and the Construction of Race in the Mexican Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1879-1889)”

Lester E. Bush Best Thesis Awards: Jill N. Crandell, “Garden Grove, Iowa: From Mormon Way Station to Permanent Settlement, 1846-1852,” MA Thesis, BYU / Scott K. Thomas, “Violence Across the Land: Vigilantism and Extralegal Justice in the Utah Territory,” MA Thesis, BYU

Gerald E. Jones Best Dissertation Award: Matthew L. Rasmussen, “‘Till We Have Built Jerusalem’: Mormonism and the Making of a Lancanshire ‘Zion,'” PhD Dissertation, University of Lancaster (UK)

Silver Award for Mormon Women’s History: David Hall, “A Crossroads for Mormons Women: Amy Brown Lyman, J. Reuben Clark, and the Decline of Organized Women’s Activism in the Relief Society,” Journal of Mormon History 36, no. 2 (Spring 2010): 205-249.

J. Talmage Jones Awards of Excellence: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, “An American Albu, 1857,” American Historical Review 115 (February 2010): 1-25. / Benjamin E. Park, “Salvation Through a Tabernacle: Joseph Smith, Parley P. Pratt, and Early Mormon Theologies of Embodiment,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 43 (Summer 2010): 1-44.

T. Edgar Lyon Best Article Award: David Hall, “A Crossroads for Mormons Women: Amy Brown Lyman, J. Reuben Clark, and the Decline of Organized Women’s Activism in the Relief Society,” Journal of Mormon History 36, no. 2 (Spring 2010): 205-249.

Winchester Family?Community History Award: Leslie Albrecht Huber, The Journey Takers (n.p.: Foundation Books, 2010)

Andrew Jenson International Article Award: Mark L. Grover, “Helvicio Martins: First Black General Authority,” Journal of Mormon History 36, no. 3 (Summer 2010): 27-53.

Geraldine McBride Woodward International Mormon History Award: Raymond M. Kuehne, Mormons as Citizens of a Communist State: A Documentary History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in East Germany, 1945-1990 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2010)

Steven F. Christensen Documentary Award: Edward Leo Lyman, ed., Candid Insights of a Mormon Apostle: THe Diaries of Abraham H. Cannon, 1889-1895 (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2010).

Smith-Pettit Best First Book Award: Benjamin Pykles, Excavating Nauvoo: The Mormons and the Rise of Historical Archaeology in American (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2010).

MHA Best Book Award: Mark L. Staker, Hearken, O Ye People: The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith’s Ohio Revelations (Draper, UT: Greg Kofford Books, Inc., 2010).


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  1. Congrats Jared and Ben! Well done. I quite liked the Pykles book–so I’m glad the best first book award went to something substantive.

    Comment by SC Taysom — May 27, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

  2. You are all my heroes.

    Comment by Chris H. — May 27, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

  3. Nice job, Jared and Ben. Chris, did they not give out a Best Biography award this year (or has it been renamed to best Documentary?)

    Comment by Bret — May 27, 2011 @ 11:55 pm

  4. There was no best biography awarded this year, Bret. I’m not sure the details or reasoning behind that, though.

    There were also a number of special citations this year, including a posthumous one awarded to Juanita Brooks. Several of her children were in attendance.

    Comment by Christopher — May 28, 2011 @ 12:04 am

  5. Congratulations to all! Proud to be a fellow nacler!

    Comment by Cynthia L. — May 28, 2011 @ 12:17 am

  6. Big congrats to Jared for his award. I’m really glad that we could keep the graduate student award within the JI family.

    And thanks to the kind words, guys; the committee for the article awards must have been growing desperate. The best honor, though, is sharing an award with my academic idol, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich–surely there must be a way to list that on the vita!

    Comment by Ben — May 28, 2011 @ 12:56 am

  7. Many thanks all. Ben, well done, sir. Sharing a distinction of excellence with Dr. Ulrich is no small accomplishment!

    Comment by Jared T — May 28, 2011 @ 1:04 am

  8. Also, I’d like to point out that I correctly predicted (comment 3) several of the awards back in January, including best book (though I said it was between Staker and Taysom), two of the best articles (Ulrich and Hall), and the Silver Award (Hall). Surely I’m prophetic! 🙂

    Comment by Ben — May 28, 2011 @ 1:12 am

  9. Jared and Ben! Boo-yah!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — May 28, 2011 @ 1:31 am

  10. Jared and Ben, that’s awesome.

    Comment by David G. — May 28, 2011 @ 9:21 am

  11. Good work Jared and Ben! Ben, you know that you’re going places in life when you get an award in the same category as Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

    Comment by Ardis S. — May 28, 2011 @ 9:39 am

  12. Congrats to all, especially our JIers!

    Comment by Kris — May 28, 2011 @ 9:49 am

  13. Congrats!

    Comment by Edje Jeter — May 28, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

  14. warmest congratulations, yo!

    Comment by BHodges — May 30, 2011 @ 9:36 am


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