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:

2017Academic 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
2017Independent ScholarDaniel MastersSherman’s Praetorian Guard: Civil War Letters of John McIntyre Lemmon, 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry
2017Independent Scholar
(honorable mention)
Gary L. FranksPerrysburg’s Hydraulic Canal 1836-1940
2016Academic ScholarKyle KondikThe Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2016
2016Academic 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.
2016Independent ScholarRoger PickenpaughJohnson’s Island: A Prison for Confederate Officers. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2016.
2016Independent Scholar (honorable mention)Ben MoralesHindsight: Northwest Ohio Through the Lens of Time. Toledo, Ohio: The University of Toledo Press
2015Academic ScholarBarbara L. FloydThe Glass City: Toledo and the Industry That Built It. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 2015.
2015Independent Scholar (honorable mention)Leslie KorenkoKelleys Island 1877-1884: The fire, the Great Grooves, & a mysterious disappearance. Kelleys Island, Ohio: The Wine Press, 2015
2014Academic ScholarLarry NeslonA Mysterious and Ambiguous Display of Tactics: The Second Siege of fort Meigs July 21-28 1813. Ohio History 120 (2013): 5-28.
2014Independent ScholarPerry BushRust Belt Resistance: How a Small Community took on Big Oil and Won. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2012.
2013No awards presented
2012Academic ScholarBarbara L. FloydFrom Institutions to Independence: A History of People with Disabilities in Northwest Ohio. Toledo, Ohio: University of Toledo, 2011
2012Academic Scholar (honorable mention)Samir Abu-AbsiArab Americans in Toledo. Toledo, Ohio: University of Toledo Press, 2010.
2012Independent ScholarLisa SwickardCalamity and Courage: Tiffin's Battle During Ohio's Deadly 1913 Flood. Melmore, Ohio : Virgin Alley Press, 2010
2012Independent Scholar (honorable mention)James BakerSearching for Lawrence Emmitt. St. Genevieve, MO : James Baker], 2010
2011Academic Scholar (honorable mention)George B. ClemansChemistry 100: A Centennial History of Chemistry at Bowling Green State University. Bowling Green, Ohio: Department of Chemistry, 2010.
2011Academic Scholar (honorable mention)Marilyn WendlerA Beacon in the Wilderness: A History of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Maumee, Ohio, 1836-2009. Maumee, Ohio: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2009.
2011Academic ScholarJohn R. Husman, Susan Husman, and Ken LevinYou Will Do Better in Toledo: From Frogtown to Glass City, A Toledo Retrospective in Postcards, 1893-1929. Toledo, Ohio: The Blade, 2008
2011Academic Scholar (honorable mention)Kenneth R. DicksonSomething for Nothing: Gambling in the Glass City, 1910-1952. Fremont, Ohio: Lesher Printing, 2008.
2010No awards presented
2009No awards presented
2008No awards presented
2007Academic ScholarDavid C. SkaggsOliver Hazard Perry: Honor, Courage, and Patriotism in the Early U.S. Navy. Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, c2006.
2007Independent ScholarKenneth R. Dickson...Nothing Personal Just Business...:Prohibition and Murder on Toledo's Mean Streets. Fremont, Ohio: Lesher Printing, c2003.
2007Independent Scholar (honorable mention)Rita TurnwaldHistory of Ottoville and Vicinity 1845-2001 Evansville, Indiana ; M.T. Publishing Company, Inc. 2005.
2006Academic ScholarSeamus Metross and Molly Schiever, editorsThe Irish in Toledo: History and Memory. Toledo, Ohio: Urban Affairs Center, University of Toledo, 2005.
2006Independent ScholarC. Robert BoydPerrysburg: Historic Architecture Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2005.
2005Academic ScholarJames C. MarshallA Promise Kept: A History of the Village of Ottawa Hills. Maumee, Ohio: Woodland Publishing, 2003.
2005Academic Scholar (honorable mention)Urban Affairs CenterDiscover Downtown Toledo: A Walking Tour. Toledo, Ohio: Urban Affairs Center, University of Toledo, 2005.
2005Independent ScholarKevin B. McCrayA Shouting of Orders: A History of the 99th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment. United States: Kevin B. McCray, Distributed by Xlibris, 2003.
2005Independent Scholar (honorable mention)John CraigThe Noblest Work of God: The Memoirs of James Lough and John Craig, edited by Peter Aitchison. Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2005.
2004Academic ScholarGlenna MeckstrothSurviving World War II, Tales of Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times. Wooster, Ohio: Wooster Book Company, 2003.
2004Academic Scholar (honorable mention)Mary Nassar BreymaierGeorge Pearson: A Modest Hero. A Story of Toledo's 'East Side Man at the Blade,' Toledo, Ohio: Bihl House Publishing Co., 2002.
2004Independent ScholarWilliam SpeckToledo: A History in Architecture, 1914 to Century's End. Chicago, Illinois: Arcadia Press, 2002.
2004Independent Scholar (honorable mention)John HusmanBaseball In Toledo: Images of Baseball. Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia, 2003.
2003Academic ScholarDavid C. Skaggs and Larry L. NelsonThe Sixty Years' War for the Great Lakes, 1754-1814. East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State University Press, 2001.
2003Independent ScholarWilliam SpeckToledo: A History in Architecture, 1890-1914. Chicago, Illinois: Arcadia Press, 2002.
2002Academic ScholarRoger ChapmanIt 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.
2002Independent ScholarJohn O'Brien and Jerry DeBruin with John HusmanMud Hen Memories. Perrysburg, Ohio: BWD Publications, 2001.
2001Academic ScholarThomas A. RumerUnearthing the Land: The Story of Ohio's Scioto Marsh. Akron, Ohio: University of Akron Press, 1999.
2001Independent ScholarMichael E. LeachLaborers in the Vineyard: Precious Blood Ministry in Glandorf, Putnam County, Ohio, 1834-1848-1998. Defiance, Ohio: The Hubbard Company, 2000.
2000Academic ScholarRelda E. Niederhofer and Ronald L. StuckeyEdwin Lincoln Moseley (1865-1948), Naturalist, Scientist, Educator. Dexter, Michigan: Thompson-Shore, Inc., 1998.
2000Independent ScholarTed LigibelThe Toledo Zoo's First 100 Years: A Century of Adventure. Virginia Beach, Virginia: Donning Company, Publishers, 1999.
1999No awards presented
1998Academic ScholarDavid C. Skaggs and Gerard T. AltoffA Signal Victory: The Lake Erie Campaign, 1812-1813. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1997.
1998Independent ScholarMelvin L. MurrayCharles Foster: Ohio's Master Politician, "Congress, Contracts, and Calico." Fostoria, Ohio: Murray, 1997.
1997 Ruth HaleyThe Story of the Findlay Publishing Company. Findlay, Ohio: Findlay Publishing Company, 1996.
1996 Sally A. MyersNorthwest Ohio Women's Literary Clubs as Arbiters of Culture, 1880-1918. Bowling Green, Ohio: BGSU Dissertation, 1995.
1996 Tricia S. ValentineDon'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. NelsonCultural 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. MaynardTemple of Justice: The Story of Williams County's Courthouses. Montpelier, Ohio: Williams County Historical Society, 1992.