Prizes & Awards

Presidents’ Book Prize

The Presidents’ Book Prize is awarded in even-numbered years for the best book treating any aspect of United States history in the period 1865-1920s. It must be the author’s second or subsequent scholarly book.  The prize is given in honor of the past presidents of SHGAPE.  The inaugural award was offered in 2018.

Authors or their publishers should send a published copy of each nominated book to all three members of the prize committee by the postmark deadline of September 15, 2019. Please send book copies to the following committee members:

Rebecca Sharpless (Chair)
4801 Silent Ridge Court East
Fort Worth, TX 76132

Janet Davis
2602 Twin Oaks Drive
Austin, TX. 78757

Glenda Gilmore
245 Blake Rd.
Hamden CT 06517

Books written in English and published between November 1, 2017 and September 15, 2019 are eligible. Edited volumes and collections are not eligible. Books translated into English are eligible if they meet the other criteria for the prize. Books published after September 15, 2019 but before December 31, 2019 may be submitted in the following round, with an accompanying explanatory letter.

Winners of this prize will be honored at the annual SHGAPE luncheon and will receive a certificate and an honorarium.


2018 Presidents’ Book Prize Winner
Janet M. Davis, The Gospel of Kindness: Animal Welfare and the Making of Modern America (Oxford University Press, 2016)

2018 Honorable Mention
Benjamin Heber Johnson, Escaping the Dark, Gray City: Fear and Hope in Progressive-Era Conservation (Yale University Press, 2017)

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