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 2018 award submission/nomination deadline will be August 1, 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 honors an individual who has 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 2017 Award Winners
Doyce B. Nunis, Jr. Award
Benjamin Cawthra, “Duke Ellington’s Jump for Joy and the Fight for Equality in Wartime Los Angeles,” Southern California Quarterly 98:1 (Spring 2016): 5-58.
Francis M. Wheat Award
Cherstin M. Lyon, “Portals and Praxis in Japanese American Public History,” Southern California Quarterly 98:3 (Fall 2016): 259-274.
Norman Neuerburg Award
John Mack Faragher, Eternity Street: Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles (W. W. Norton & Company, 2017)
Benjamin Madley, An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873 (Yale University Press, 2017)
Martin Ridge Award
Lori Flores, Grounds for Dreaming: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the California Farmworker Movement (Yale University Press, 2016)
Joseph O’Flaherty Teaching Award
Sara Quesada, El Monte High School, El Monte Union High School District