Utah historian Helen Zeese Papanikolas recently received the Utah Endowment for the Humanities 1990 Governor's Award.
Following the award, she presented a lecture titled "Ethnicity, Diversity and Conflict."The annual award honors outstanding contributions to public understanding of the humanities through scholarly achievements, exemplary teaching and community involvement.
Papanikolas is best known for research and writing on the traditions, folklore, culture and history of Utah's ethnic minorities. She is editor of the Utah Historians' Bicentennial book,"Peoples of Utah," and past president of the Peoples of Utah Institute, which she founded in 1976. Her most recent book is Emily-George, a biography of her parents, who came to Utah from Greece.
She was a founding member of the board of the Utah Endowment for the Humanities and has served on the board of editors of the Utah Historical Quarterly and the Utah State Board of History.