Louise Pubols Public History Prize, Western History Association

Hayden L. Nelson's picture
June 30, 2022
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Public History, Local History, Historic Preservation, Digital Humanities

On July 24, 2017, the communities of western and public history experienced a significant loss with the passing of long-time WHA member Louise Pubols. The WHA Council created the Louise Pubols Public History Prize to honor her prize-winning publications, landmark exhibitions, and extraordinary service to the WHA. In keeping with Louise's deep commitment to public history, the Pubols Prize will support the attendance of a public historian to the WHA's annual meeting. The overwhelming generosity of donations from Louise's friends and family fully-funded this prize in the fall of 2017. The inaugural scholarship from the Louise Pubols Public History Prize was made at the 2017 WHA Conference in San Diego. 

The prize will include complimentary registration, a ticket to the Awards Banquet, and $500 to offset travel expenses to this year's WHA Conference. Eligibility for the prize includes:

1. Applicants must be members of the WHA

2. Applicants must be on the 2022 WHA Conference Program

3. Applicants must be a practicing public historian and demonstrate that they are without access to institutional support for conference travel.

To apply, please send in one pdf file the following: 1) a letter of application (no more than 500 words) stating your experience as a public historian, and 2) CV. Applications must be submitted to each member of the award committee listed below. Please use your last name in the title of your pdf file. Emailed applications are preferred by the 2020 Committee, however paper submissions will also be accepted.

-2022 Awards Cycle opens January 25, 2022

-2022 Award Submission (Postmark) Deadline: June 30, 2022

The WHA office sends award notifications in August.

For more information, please visit the award page: https://www.westernhistory.org/Pubols-Fund

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The Western History Association was founded in 1961 by a group of professional and avocational historians bound by their belief in the American West as a place rich in history and deserving of further study. "Its purpose shall be to promote the study of the North American West in its varied aspects and broadest sense," read the WHA's early constitution. Today, the WHA office is located in the History Department at the University of Kansas. The association is composed of around 1,100 active members with a common mission. Learn more about the WHA Governance and Standing Committees, read the WHA Constitution & By LawsWHA Diversity Statement, and WHA Code of Conduct.  

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