Mormon history group honors Darius Gray

Published: Saturday, June 7 2014 10:40 a.m. MDT

The award was given at the association’s annual awards banquet, in which several authors were honored for outstanding work on Mormon history.

Ronald E. Romig, former archivist for the Community of Christ, received the Leonard J. Arrington Award, the association’s highest honor.

The Best Book Award went to J.B. Haws for “The Mormon Image in the American Mind: Fifty years of Public Perception.”

Other award recipients are as follows:

Best First Book Award: Elizabeth O. Anderson for “Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins 1875-1932.”

Best Biography Award: Todd M. Compton for “A Frontier Life: Jacob Hamblin, Explorer and Indian Missionary.”

Best Documentary Editing/Bibliography Award: staff members of the LDS Church History Department for Volumes 1 and 2 in the Documents series of the Joseph Smith Papers Project.

Best International Book Award: Craig Livingston for “From Above and Below: The Mormon Embrace of Revolution, 1840-1940.”

Best Family/Community History Award: Matthew Kester for “Remembering Iosepa: History, Place and Religion and the American West.”

Best Article Award: Ryan G. Tobler for “Saviors on Mount Zion: Mormon Sacramentalism, Mortality and the Baptism for the Dead."

Awards of excellence: Mathew L. Harris for “Mormonism’s Problematic Racial Past and the Evolution of the Divine-Curse Doctrine” and Max Perry Mueller for “Playing Jane: Representing Black Mormon Memory through Reenacting the Black Mormon Past.”

Best International Article Award: Richard L. Jensen for “Mr. Samuelsen Goes to Copenhagen: The First Mormon Member of a National Parliament.”

Best Women’s History Article Award: Lisa Olsen Tait for “The 1890s Mormon Culture of Letters and the Post-Manifesto Crisis: A New Approach to Literature.”

Best Dissertation Award: Brent Rogers for “Managing Popular Sovereignty: Federalism and Empire in Utah Territory, 1847-1963.”

Best Thesis Award: Blair Hodges, “Intellectual Disability in Mormon Thought and History, 1830-1900.”

Best Graduate Paper: Christopher James Blythe for “Emma’s Willow: Mormon Pilgrimage and Nauvoo’s Mater Dolorosa.”

Best Undergraduate Paper: Bradley Kime for “Exhibiting Theology: James E. Talmage and Mormon Public Relations, 1915-20.”

Student Research Paper Awards of Merit: Jillian Clare, Hanah Eckhardt, Bradley Kime, Mykle Law, Jeremy Lofthouse, Matthew Pitts and Bridger Talbot.


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