Herbert Feis Award Recipients

Established in 1984, this award is offered annually to recognize distinguished contributions to public history during the previous 10 years. The prize is named in memory of Herbert Feis (1893–1972), public servant and historian of recent American foreign policy, with an initial endowment from the Rockefeller Foundation. The prize was originally given for books produced by historians working outside of academe. In 2006, the scope of the award was changed to emphasize significant contributions in the field of public history.

2013

Mr. Richard E. Turley, assistant church historian of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for guiding the church’s significant history operations, including archives, museums, 25 historic sites, and a vast records management system

2012

Dr. Richard Rabinowitz, founding president of American History Workshop, is a master of the exhibition as a form of public history

2011

Dr. Alfred Goldberg, former director of the Historical Office of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. A pioneer of modern public history, he has chronicled US military history for nearly seven decades

2010

Dr. Heather Huyck, Coll. of William and Mary

2009

Prof. Noel J. Stowe, Arizona State Univ. His legacy of service to the profession at the local, state, and national levels helped shape the practice of public history

2008

Dr. Richard H. Kohn, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since retiring as chief historian of the US Air Force in 1991, he has become a respected public authority and trusted adviser on US civil-military relations

2007

Dr. David DeVorkin, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Well known for his publications on the history of astrophysics, he has developed many innovative programs in the museum

2006

Dr. Victoria A. Harden, American Univ. and National Institutes of Health, retired

2005

Mr. Mark E. Landsman, Dictatorship and Demand: The Politics of Consumerism in East Germany (Harvard Univ. Press)

2004

Mr. Jonathan Martin, Divided Mastery, Slave Hiring in the American South (Harvard Univ. Press)

2003

Dr. Julia E. Sweig, Inside the Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro and the Urban Underground (Harvard Univ. Press)

2002

Dr. Pamela C. Grundy, Learning to Win: Sports, Education, and Social Change in 20th-Century North Carolina (Univ. of North Carolina Press)

2001

Dr. Benjamin Filene, Romancing the Folk: Public Memory and American Roots Music (Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press)

2000

Dr. George Perkovich, India's Nuclear Bomb: The Impact on Global Proliferation (Univ. of California Press)

1999

Dr. Rachel P. Maines, The Technology of Orgasm: 'Hysteria,' the Vibrator, and Women's Sexual Satisfaction (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press)

1998

Ms. Ann Vileisis, Discovering the Unknown Landscape: A History of America's Wetlands (Island Press)

1997

Mr. D. Michael Quinn, Same-Sex Dynamics among 19th-Century Americans: A Mormon Example (Univ. of Illinois Press)

1996

Dr. David Conroy, In Public Houses: Drink and the Revolution of Authority in Colonial Massachusetts (Univ. of North Carolina Press)

1995

Dr. Mark V. Wetherington, The New South Comes to Wiregrass Georgia, 1860-1910 (Univ. of Tennessee Press)

1994

Dr. Liza Crihfield Dalby, Kimono: Fashioning Culture (Yale Univ. Press)

1993

Dr. Edward E. Cohen, Athenian Economy and Society: A Banking Perspective (Princeton Univ. Press)

1993

Dr. Edith B. Gelles, Portia: The World of Abigail Adams (Indiana Univ. Press)

1992

Dr. James Allen Smith, The Idea Brokers: Think Tanks and the Rise of the New Policy Elite (Free Press)

1991

Mr. Burnett Bolloten, Spanish Civil War: Revolution and Counterrevolution, 1936-39 (Univ. of North Carolina Press)

1990

Mr. Theodore Draper, A Present of Things Past: Selected Essays (Hill and Wang)

1989

Dr. Marc Scott Miller, The Irony of Victory: World War II and Lowell, Massachusetts (Univ. of Illinois Press)

1988

Dr. Larry E. Tise, Proslavery: A History of the Defense of Slavery in America, 1701-1840 (Univ. of Georgia Press)

1987

Mr. Robert Hughes, The Fatal Shore (Alfred A. Knopf)

1986

Dr. Thomas Doerflinger, A Vigorous Spirit of Enterprise: Merchants and Economic Development in Revolutionary Philadelphia. (Univ. of North Carolina Press for the Inst. of Early American History and Culture)

1985

Dr. Pete Daniel, Breaking the Land: The Transformation of Cotton, Tobacco, and Rice Cultures since 1880 (Univ. of Illinois Press)

1984

Dr. Albert E. Cowdrey, This Land, This South: An Environmental History (Univ. Press of Kentucky)