Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

News and Notices

Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

News and Notices

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The Arkansas Historical Association will hold its 74th annual conference in West Memphis, April 9-11, 2015. With the theme "To Bind Up the Nation's Wounds," it will feature presentations on health care, peacemaking, and healing in Arkansas history, as well as ones focused on the final year of the Civil War. For further information, contact Susan Young, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, 118 W. Johnson Avenue, Springdale, AR 72764; syoung@springdalear.gov.

Since 2002, the Arkansas Historical Association has presented the J. G. Ragsdale Book Award in Arkansas History annually for the best book-length historical study (nonfiction) of any aspect of Arkansas history. The author will receive a prize of $1000 and a certificate, given in honor of J. G. Ragsdale, a 1919 graduate of the University of Arkansas. Ragsdale was a founding member of the Arkansas Historical Association and chaired the board of trustees at the University of Arkansas. The award will be presented on April 10, 2015, at the annual conference of the Arkansas Historical Association at West Memphis. The publisher will be honored with a certificate of merit and a grateful letter of transmittal

Eligible works include book-length historical studies written in English and published in the two calendar years preceding the Arkansas Historical Association's annual conference in April. The 2015 award is for books published in 2013 and 2014. One copy of each entry must be received by each award committee member by January 1, 2015. It is the publisher's or applicant's responsibility to pay the postage for each book. Entries will not be returned but will be retained by committee members, who are serving without compensation. No late submissions will be accepted. Entries, clearly labeled "2015 Ragsdale Award," must be mailed directly to: Billy Higgins, Department of History, University of Arkansas- Fort Smith, GB 222, Fort Smith, AR 72913; Story Matkin-Rawn, Department of History, University of Central Arkansas, P.O. Box 4935, 201 Donaghey Avenue, Conway, AR 72035-5000; and David Sesser, 105 Druid Hills, Arkadelphia, AR 71923.

The Arkansas Historical Association announces the Violet B. Gingles and Lucille Westbrook Local History competitions for 2015. Entries must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2015, to be eligible. The Westbrook Local History Award, which consists of $1000 and a framed certificate, is presented for the best manuscript article on a local Arkansas topic. The article must deal with some phase of neighborhood, city, county, or regional history or some person associated with local Arkansas history. Edited documents and memoirs will be considered for this award.

The Gingles Award of $500 and a framed certificate is presented to the person who writes the best manuscript article on any Arkansas history topic. The article can deal with any phase of the history of the state or with any individual connected with its past.

Entries must not have been submitted elsewhere or published previously. Anyone, whether professional or amateur historian, is eligible to submit a manuscript. A panel of judges will determine the placement of entries in either the Westbrook or Gingles category. An entry will not be considered for both prizes, and the Arkansas Historical Association reserves the right not to award one or both of the prizes in a given year. Manuscripts should be no longer than thirty-five pages and must be documented. Text, including quotations and notes, should be double-spaced. Notes should be numbered consecutively and appear in a separate section at the end of the text. Since manuscripts are evaluated anonymously, only the full title of the article should appear at the top of the first page of the manuscript. On a separate page the following information should be included: title, author's name, complete address, and telephone numbers or email address. Entries must be submitted in triplicate-photocopies must be clear and easily readable. …

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