Previous Winners

The winning entry in each division receives a $300 cash award.

The contest was established to encourage and recognize authors of outstanding publications about northwest Ohio history. For more information about the award or submitting an entry for next year, see the Local History Publication Award. Winners from past years have been:

Year Category Division Author Publication
2021 Book Professional
Michael E. Brooks and Bob Fitrakis A History of Hate in Ohio: Then and Now
2021 Article Professional Perry Bush "We Have Them Whipped Here: Lynching and the Rule of Law in Lima, Ohio" Ohio History Fall 2021
2021 Article Independent Kasandra Fager "Farmers, Crop Yields, and Urbanization: the Growth of Section 13 in Plain Township, Ohio 1820-2020" Northwest Ohio History Fall/Winter 2021-22
2020   Academic Scholar
Joseph Boggs Prohibition's Proving Ground: Cops, Cars, & Rumrunners in the Toledo-Detroit-Windsor Corridor
2020   Independent Scholar Tedd Long Forgotten Visitors: Northwest Ohio's Notable Guests
2020   Independent Scholar Judy Harris Szor
Sam Szor: Toledo's Mr. Music
2020   Independent Scholar (Honorable Mention) Galion Historical Society The Historian 2020 Newsletters
2019   Independent Scholar Teresa Straley Lambert Lost Hancock County, Ohio (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2019).
2018   Academic Scholar Rebecca Mancuso "The Finger Saga: One Museum's Quest to Turn the Macabre into the Meaningful," The Public Historian 40, no. 2 (May 2018): 23-42.
2018   Independent Scholar
Patricia Beach, Susan Eisel, Maria Nowicki, Judy Szor, Beth White
Caps, Capes, and Caring: The Legacy of Diploma Nursing Schools in Toledo (Toledo, Ohio: The University of Toledo Press, 2018).
2018   Independent Scholar Jeff Brown, Roger Dickman, Jim Semon, Sr.
Sandusky's Photographer: The Real Photo Postcards of Ernst Niebergall (Sandusky, Ohio: Firelands Postcard Club, 2018).
2017   Academic Scholar
(honorable mention)
Katerina Ruedi Ray "Toledo: Bubbling Up from the Great Black Swamp," Third Coast Atlas: Prelude to a Plan, Barelona, Spain: Actar, 2017
2017   Independent Scholar Daniel Masters Sherman’s Praetorian Guard: Civil War Letters of John McIntyre Lemmon, 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry
2017   Independent Scholar
(honorable mention)
Gary L. Franks Perrysburg’s Hydraulic Canal 1836-1940
2016   Academic Scholar Kyle Kondik The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2016
2016   Academic Scholar (honorable mention) Joshua Casmir Catalano “President William T. Jerome III: Why Bowling Green State University Remained Open after the Kent State Shootings.” Ohio History 123 (Spring 2016): 51-72.
2016   Independent Scholar Roger Pickenpaugh Johnson’s Island: A Prison for Confederate Officers. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2016.
2016   Independent Scholar (honorable mention) Ben Morales Hindsight: Northwest Ohio Through the Lens of Time. Toledo, Ohio: The University of Toledo Press
2015   Academic Scholar Barbara L. Floyd The Glass City: Toledo and the Industry That Built It. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 2015.
2015   Independent Scholar (honorable mention) Leslie Korenko Kelleys Island 1877-1884: The fire, the Great Grooves, & a mysterious disappearance. Kelleys Island, Ohio: The Wine Press, 2015
2014   Academic Scholar Larry Neslon A Mysterious and Ambiguous Display of Tactics: The Second Siege of fort Meigs July 21-28 1813. Ohio History 120 (2013): 5-28.
2014   Independent Scholar Perry Bush Rust Belt Resistance: How a Small Community took on Big Oil and Won. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2012.
2013   No awards presented
2012   Academic Scholar Barbara L. Floyd From Institutions to Independence: A History of People with Disabilities in Northwest Ohio. Toledo, Ohio: University of Toledo, 2011
2012   Academic Scholar (honorable mention) Samir Abu-Absi Arab Americans in Toledo. Toledo, Ohio: University of Toledo Press, 2010.
2012   Independent Scholar Lisa Swickard Calamity and Courage: Tiffin's Battle During Ohio's Deadly 1913 Flood. Melmore, Ohio : Virgin Alley Press, 2010
2012   Independent Scholar (honorable mention) James Baker Searching for Lawrence Emmitt. St. Genevieve, MO : James Baker], 2010
2011   Academic Scholar (honorable mention) George B. Clemans Chemistry 100: A Centennial History of Chemistry at Bowling Green State University. Bowling Green, Ohio: Department of Chemistry, 2010.
2011   Academic Scholar (honorable mention) Marilyn Wendler A Beacon in the Wilderness: A History of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Maumee, Ohio, 1836-2009. Maumee, Ohio: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2009.
2011   Academic Scholar John R. Husman, Susan Husman, and Ken Levin You Will Do Better in Toledo: From Frogtown to Glass City, A Toledo Retrospective in Postcards, 1893-1929. Toledo, Ohio: The Blade, 2008
2011   Academic Scholar (honorable mention) Kenneth R. Dickson Something for Nothing: Gambling in the Glass City, 1910-1952. Fremont, Ohio: Lesher Printing, 2008.
2010   No awards presented
2009   No awards presented
2008   No awards presented
2007   Academic Scholar David C. Skaggs Oliver Hazard Perry: Honor, Courage, and Patriotism in the Early U.S. Navy. Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, c2006.
2007   Independent Scholar Kenneth R. Dickson ...Nothing Personal Just Business...:Prohibition and Murder on Toledo's Mean Streets. Fremont, Ohio: Lesher Printing, c2003.
2007   Independent Scholar (honorable mention) Rita Turnwald History of Ottoville and Vicinity 1845-2001 Evansville, Indiana ; M.T. Publishing Company, Inc. 2005.
2006   Academic Scholar Seamus Metross and Molly Schiever, editors The Irish in Toledo: History and Memory. Toledo, Ohio: Urban Affairs Center, University of Toledo, 2005.
2006   Independent Scholar C. Robert Boyd Perrysburg: Historic Architecture Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2005.
2005   Academic Scholar James C. Marshall A Promise Kept: A History of the Village of Ottawa Hills. Maumee, Ohio: Woodland Publishing, 2003.
2005   Academic Scholar (honorable mention) Urban Affairs Center Discover Downtown Toledo: A Walking Tour. Toledo, Ohio: Urban Affairs Center, University of Toledo, 2005.
2005   Independent Scholar Kevin B. McCray A Shouting of Orders: A History of the 99th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment. United States: Kevin B. McCray, Distributed by Xlibris, 2003.
2005   Independent Scholar (honorable mention) John Craig The Noblest Work of God: The Memoirs of James Lough and John Craig, edited by Peter Aitchison. Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2005.
2004   Academic Scholar Glenna Meckstroth Surviving World War II, Tales of Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times. Wooster, Ohio: Wooster Book Company, 2003.
2004   Academic Scholar (honorable mention) Mary Nassar Breymaier George Pearson: A Modest Hero. A Story of Toledo's 'East Side Man at the Blade,' Toledo, Ohio: Bihl House Publishing Co., 2002.
2004   Independent Scholar William Speck Toledo: A History in Architecture, 1914 to Century's End. Chicago, Illinois: Arcadia Press, 2002.
2004   Independent Scholar (honorable mention) John Husman Baseball In Toledo: Images of Baseball. Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia, 2003.
2003   Academic Scholar David C. Skaggs and Larry L. Nelson The Sixty Years' War for the Great Lakes, 1754-1814. East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State University Press, 2001.
2003   Independent Scholar William Speck Toledo: A History in Architecture, 1890-1914. Chicago, Illinois: Arcadia Press, 2002.
2002   Academic Scholar Roger Chapman It Started with Doctors on Horseback: A History of Medicine Marking the 50th Anniversary of Wood County Hospital. Bowling Green, Ohio: Wood County Genealogical Society, 2001.
2002   Independent Scholar John O'Brien and Jerry DeBruin with John Husman Mud Hen Memories. Perrysburg, Ohio: BWD Publications, 2001.
2001   Academic Scholar Thomas A. Rumer Unearthing the Land: The Story of Ohio's Scioto Marsh. Akron, Ohio: University of Akron Press, 1999.
2001   Independent Scholar Michael E. Leach Laborers in the Vineyard: Precious Blood Ministry in Glandorf, Putnam County, Ohio, 1834-1848-1998. Defiance, Ohio: The Hubbard Company, 2000.
2000   Academic Scholar Relda E. Niederhofer and Ronald L. Stuckey Edwin Lincoln Moseley (1865-1948), Naturalist, Scientist, Educator. Dexter, Michigan: Thompson-Shore, Inc., 1998.
2000   Independent Scholar Ted Ligibel The Toledo Zoo's First 100 Years: A Century of Adventure. Virginia Beach, Virginia: Donning Company, Publishers, 1999.
1999   No awards presented
1998   Academic Scholar David C. Skaggs and Gerard T. Altoff A Signal Victory: The Lake Erie Campaign, 1812-1813. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1997.
1998   Independent Scholar Melvin L. Murray Charles Foster: Ohio's Master Politician, "Congress, Contracts, and Calico." Fostoria, Ohio: Murray, 1997.
1997     Ruth Haley The Story of the Findlay Publishing Company. Findlay, Ohio: Findlay Publishing Company, 1996.
1996     Sally A. Myers Northwest Ohio Women's Literary Clubs as Arbiters of Culture, 1880-1918. Bowling Green, Ohio: BGSU Dissertation, 1995.
1996     Tricia S. Valentine Don't Call Us Orphans: An Oral History of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics' National Orphans Home. Tiffin, Ohio: Virgin Alley Press, 1995.
1995     Larry L. Nelson Cultural Mediation on the Great Lakes Frontier: Alexander McKee and Anglo-American Indian Affairs, 1754-1799. Bowling Green, Ohio: BGSU Dissertation, 1994.
1994     Diane Britton, et al. A History of the Columbian House. Toledo, Ohio: University of Toledo Press, 1992.
1993     Richard L. Cooley and Kevin M. Maynard Temple of Justice: The Story of Williams County's Courthouses. Montpelier, Ohio: Williams County Historical Society, 1992.

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