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 seventy-fifth annual conference in Little Rock, April 21-23, 2016. With the theme "Arkansas since 1941," the conference will mark AHA's seventy-fifth anniversary with presentations on people, events, and developments that have shaped Arkansas's history since the Association's founding. For further information, contact Susan Young, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, 118 W. Johnson Avenue, Springdale, AR 72764; syoung@springdalear.gov.

The Arkansas Historical Association is pleased to announce the establishment of the John William Graves Book Award, which will be presented biennially for the best book-length nonfiction historical study whose primary focus is any aspect of the history of race relations in Arkansas or of the history of African Americans in Arkansas. It is given in honor of historian John William Graves, who received his B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Arkansas in 1964 and 1967 and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia in 1978. He is a past president of the Arkansas Historical Association and also the author of Town and Country: Race Relations in an Urban-Rural Context, Arkansas, 1865-1905, published by the University of Arkansas Press.

The inaugural John William Graves Book Award will be given in 2016 and shall consist of a prize of $1000 and a certificate to be presented to the author at the annual conference of the Arkansas Historical Association, April 22, in Little Rock. The publisher of the award-winning book shall 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 annual conference. Those interested in entering the competition should submit one copy of their work to each member of the awards committee by January 1, 2016. It is the applicant's or publisher's responsibility to pay shipping charges. Entries will not be returned but instead retained by committee members, who are serving without compensation. No late submissions will be accepted.

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled "Graves Award 2016," must be mailed directly to: Story Matkin-Rawn, Department of History, University of Central Arkansas, P.O. Box 4935, 201 Donaghey Avenue, Conway, AR 72035-5000; Carl Drexler, 307 E. McNeil, Magnolia, AR 71753; and David Sesser, 105 Druid Hills, Arkadclphia, AR 71923.

The Arkansas Historical Association is also pleased to announce the establishment of the Tom Dillard Advocacy Award, which will be bestowed annually upon a person or organization who has demonstrated a sustained commitment to promoting the study, appreciation, preservation, and dissemination of Arkansas history.

The award honors Tom W. Dillard's decades of work as an archivist, historian, writer, collector, and promoter of the teaching of Arkansas history in the state's schools. In 1985, Tom became the first archivist at the University of Central Arkansas. Later, he founded the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System, where he also established, and continues to serve as editor-in-chief of, the award-winning Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. In 2004, he was hired as head of Special Collections at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and held that position until his retirement in 2011. He continues to contribute to Arkansas history in the form of a weekly newspaper column and his work with local historical societies. Throughout his long career, Dillard has not only been a leader in the promotion and advocacy of the state's rich history, but he has also mentored a long list of young historians in their studies and careers.

The inaugural Tom Dillard Advocacy Award will be given in 2016 and shall consist of a prize of $300 and a plaque to be presented at the annual conference of the Arkansas Historical Association, April 22, in Little Rock. …

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