On July 24, 2017, the communities of western and public history experienced a significant loss with the passing of long-time WHA member Louise Pubols. The WHA Council created the Louise Pubols Public History Prize to honor her prize-winning publications, landmark exhibitions, and extraordinary service to the WHA. In keeping with Louise's deep commitment to public history, the Pubols Prize will support the attendance of a public historian to the WHA's annual meeting. The overwhelming generosity of donations from Louise's friends and family fully-funded this prize in the fall of 2017. The inaugural scholarship from the Louise Pubols Public History Prize was made at the 2017 WHA Conference in San Diego.
The prize will include complimentary registration, a ticket to the Awards Banquet, and $500 to offset travel expenses to this year's WHA Conference. Eligibility for the prize includes:
1. Applicants must be members of the WHA
2. Applicants must be on the 2018 WHA Conference Program
3. Applicants must be a practicing public historian and demonstrate that they are without access to institutional support for conference travel.
To apply, please send a letter of application (no more than 500 words) stating your experience as a public historian and a cv. Applications must be submitted to each member of the award committee. Emailed applications are preferred by the 2018 Committee, however paper submissions will also be accepted.
Award Application Deadline: June 1, 2018
The award recipient will be notified by September 15.
2018 Louise Pubols Public History Prize Committee
Tamsen Hert, Chair
B. Erin Cole
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