The Donald H. Pflueger Local History Award ($500) honors an outstanding scholarly book or project (print or electronic) on Southern California local history.
Donald Pflueger was born to citrus ranchers in Glendora, California. Graduating from high school in 1941, he served in the navy during World War II, and then studied history at Pomona College, where his honors thesis became his first book, Glendora: The Annals of a Southern California Community, published in 1951. He earned a master’s degree in history at Stanford University and taught at Covina Union High School. He then joined the faculty of California State Polytechnic College at Pomona, teaching history and political science from 1952 to 1956 and 1958 to 1983. Beginning in 1956 Pflueger served a two-year stint in the U.S. Foreign Service, and became the first American Cultural Attaché in Jordan. With a Cal Poly Pomona colleague, Hugh O. La Bounty, he co-authored a second text, The Government of California, published in 1957, and in 1964 Pflueger published another local history, Covina: Sunflowers and Subdivisions. Pflueger’s final book, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona: A Legacy and a Mission, 1938-1989, was published posthumously. Deeply interested in local history, Pflueger was a founding member of the Glendora Historical Society and was active in the Pomona Valley Historical Society. He was a member of the California Constitutional Revision Committee and served as sheriff of the Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners.
The 2018 Donald H. Pflueger Local History Award application will be posted here. Applications deadline: postmarked by August 1, 2018.
Award not given.
Amina Hassan, Loren Miller Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist (University of Oklahoma Press, 2015).
Elizabeth Pomeroy, San Marino: A Centennial History (San Marino Historical Society, 2012).
Paul Bryan Gray, A Clamor for Equality: Emergence and Exile of California Activist Francisco P. Ramírez (Texas Tech University Press, 2012).