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:

2016

Academic Scholar
Kyle Kondik The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2016
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.
Independent Scholar
Roger Pickenpaugh Johnson’s Island: A Prison for Confederate Officers.  Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2016.
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.
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.
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
Honorable Mention:
  Samir Abu-Absi
Arab Americans in Toledo. Toledo, Ohio: University of Toledo Press, 2010.
Independent Scholar
Lisa Swickard Calamity and Courage: Tiffin's Battle During Ohio's Deadly 1913 Flood. Melmore, Ohio : Virgin Alley Press, 2010
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.
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.
Independent 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
Honorable Mention:
  Kenneth R. Dickson
Something for Nothing: Gambling in the Glass City, 1910-1952. Fremont, Ohio: Lesher Printing, 2008.

2008-2010

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.
Independent Scholar
Kenneth R. Dickson ...Nothing Personal Just Business...:Prohibition and Murder on Toledo's Mean Streets. Fremont, Ohio: Lesher Printing, c2003.
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.
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.
Honorable Mention:
  Urban Affairs Center
Discover Downtown Toledo: A Walking Tour. Toledo, Ohio: Urban Affairs Center, University of Toledo, 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.
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.
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.
Independent Scholar
William Speck Toledo: A History in Architecture, 1914 to Century's End. Chicago, Illinois: Arcadia Press, 2002.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Independent Scholar
Ted Ligibel The Toledo Zoo's First 100 Years: A Century of Adventure. Virginia Beach, Virginia: Donning Company, Publishers, 1999.

1999

Academic Scholar
No Award Presented
Independent Scholar
No Award 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.
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.
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.