With eight major awards, the Historical Society of Southern California recognize individuals for their outstanding accomplishments both in and outside the discipline of history.
Information about the application/nomination process is posted on the page for each award. The 2017 award submission/nomination deadline is August 1, 2017. The 2017 awards will be given at the HSSC Conference in 2018.
Awards for Articles:
- The Doyce B. Nunis, Jr. Award is given for the best demonstration of scholarship in the Southern California Quarterly by a rising historian.
- The Francis M. Wheat Award is given for the best demonstration of scholarship in the Southern California Quarterly by an established historian.
Awards for Books:
- The Norman Neuerburg Award is presented to the author with the best book on California history that emphasizes the nineteenth century or earlier.
- The Martin Ridge Award is presented to the author with the best book on California history that emphasizes the twentieth century onward.
- The Donald H. Pflueger Local History Award honors an outstanding scholarly book or project (print or electronic) on Southern California local history.
Awards for Teaching and Community Service:
- The Joseph O’Flaherty Teaching Award celebrates creative excellence in the teaching of history in grades K-12 in the schools of Los Angeles.
- The Denise and Jack Smith Community Enrichment Award recognizes men and women who have enriched the community of Los Angeles by their dedicated service and accomplishments.
- The Fellows Award medallion honor exceptional lifetime achievements that have brought distinction to history.
Congratulations to the 2016 Award Winners
Doyce B. Nunis, Jr. Award
Kathleen A. Brown, “Persistent Pacificism, Southern California Women, and the People’s Council of America, 1917-1918,” Southern California Quarterly 97, no. 3 (Winter 2015): 362-398.
Francis M. Wheat Award
Natalia Molina, “The Importance of Place and Place-Makers in the Life of a Los Angeles Community: What Gentrification Erases from Echo Park” Southern California Quarterly 97, no. 1 (Spring 2015): 69-111
Norman Neuerburg Award
Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz, Junípero Serra: California, Indians, and the Transformation of a Missionary (University of Oklahoma Press, 2015).
Martin Ridge Award
Jon Wilkman, Floodpath: The Deadliest Man-Made Disaster of 20th Century America and the Making of Modern Los Angeles (Bloombury Press, 2015).
Donald H. Pflueger Local History Award
Amina Hassan, Loren Miller, Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist (University of Oklahoma Press, 2015).
Denise and Jack Smith Community Enrichment Award
Janet Fireman, Curator, Emerita, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
William Barger, author and former Treasurer, HSSC