The magazine received the first place award in the $250,000 budget
category from the Mountain Plains Museum Association in the 2010
Publication Design Competition. Established in 1953, MPMA is a regional
museum association that provides services to museum professionals in ten
states: Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota,
Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. MPMA is one of six regional
associations in the United States that work in conjunction with the
American Association of Museums.
Monnett Article Wins Two Major AwardsThe article 'My heart now has become changed to softer feelings: A
Northern Cheyenne Woman and Her Family Remember the Long Journey Home"
written by John H. Monnett has received the Westerner's International
Coke Woods Award for Best Article and a Wrangler Award from the National
Cowboy Museum and Western Heritage Center. The piece appeared in the
Summer 2009 issue of Montana The Magazine of Western History.
2010 John H. Monnett, "'My heart now has become changed to softer
feelings': A Northern Cheyenne Woman and Her Family Remember the Long
Journey Home" (Summer 2009)
2009 Dan Flores, "Bringing Home all the Pretty Horses: The Horse Trade and the Early American West, 1775–1825" (Summer 2008)
2006 Jeffrey V. Pearson, "Tragedy at Red Cloud Agency: The Surrender, Confinement, and Death of Crazy Horse" (Summer 2005)
1996 Paul Andrew Hutton, "Showdown at the Hollywood Corral: Wyatt Earp and the Movies" (Summer 1995)
1994 Raphael Cristy, "Charlie's Hidden Agenda: Realism and Nostalgia in C. M. Russell's Stories About Indians" (Summer 1993)
1993 Peter H. Hassrick, "Western Art Museums: A Question of Style or Content" (Summer 1992)
1991 Jerry Keenan, "Yellowstone Kelly: From New York to Paradise" (Summer 1990)
Every magazine likes to win prizes, but we confess our delight in
giving them too: each year the editorial board of Montana The
Magazine of Western History selects the best article published
during the previous year as the winner of the Vivian A. Paladin Award.
The Montana Historical Society Board of Trustees created the award in
1978 to honor the career achievements and high editorial standards of
legendary editor Vivian A. Paladin who served the magazine for twenty
years (1958-1978). We present the award at the annual Montana History
Conference. Here is the list of authors who have won this award.
Winners of the Vivian A. Paladin Award
2012 Brian Leech, "Protest, Power, and the Pit: Fighting Open-Pit Mining in Butte, Montana" (Summer 2012)
2011 Andrew R. Graybill, "Helen P. Clarke in ‘the Age of Tribes’: Montana’s Changing Racial Landscape, 1870-1920" (Spring 2011)
2010 Dawn Nickel, "Dying in the West: Hospitals and Health Care in Montana and Alberta, 1880-1950" (Autumn 2009 and Winter 2009)
2009 Clyde Ellis, "’More Real than the Indians Themselves’: The Early Years of the Indian Lore Movement in the United States" (Autumn 2008)
2008 (Two articles tie) Megan Benson, "The Fight for Crow Water, Part 1" and "The Early Reservation Years Through the Indian New Deal, Part 2"( Winter 2007 and Spring 2008) and Dan Flores, "Bringing Home All the Pretty Horse: The Horse Trade and the Early American West, 1775-1825 (Summer 2008)
2007 Kenneth N. Owens, "Frontiersman for the Tsar: Timofe, Tarakanov and the Expansion of Russian America" (Autumn 2006)
2006 Melody Graulich, "Monopolizing The Virginian (or, Railroading Wister)" (Spring 2006)
2005 Paul Hedren, "The Contradictory Legacies of Buffalo Bill Cody's First Scalp for Custer" (Spring 2005)
2004 William E. Farr, "Going to Buffalo: Indian Hunting Migrations across the Rocky Mountains" (Spring 2004)
2003 Christine K. Erickson, "'Kluxer Blues': The Klan Confronts Catholics in Butte, Montana, 1923" (Spring 2003)
2002 Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith, "World Champions: The 1904 Girls' Basketball Team from Fort Shaw Indian Boarding School" (Winter 2001)
2001 Brian Dippie, "'Flying Buffaloes': Artists and the Buffalo Hunt" (Summer 2001)
2000 Liping Zhu, "No Need to Rush: The Chinese, Placer Mining, and the Western Environment" (Autumn 1999)
1999 Ellen Baumler, "Devil's Perch: Prostitution from Suite to Cellar in Butte, Montana" (Autumn 1998)
1998 Michael C. Steiner, "Frontierland as Tomorrowland: Walt Disney and the Architectural Packing of the Mythic West" (Spring 1998)
1997 Quintard Taylor, "From Esteban to Rodney King: Five Centuries of African American History in the West" (Winter 1996)
1996 Liping Zhu, "'A Chinaman's Chance' on the Rocky Mountain Mining Frontier" (Autumn/Winter 1995)
1995 James P. Ronda, "A Moment in Time: The West-September 1806" (Autumn 1994)
1994 William E. Farr "Troubled Bundles, Troubled Blackfeet: The Travail of Cultural and Religious Renewal" (Autumn 1993)
1993 John Phillip Reid, "Certainty of Vengeance: The Hudson's Bay Company and Retaliation in Kind against Indian Offenders in New Caledonia" (Winter 1993)
1992 Brian W. Dippie, "Photographic Allegories and Indian Destinies" (Summer 1992)
1991 Paul A. Hutton, "'Correct in Every Detail': General Custer in Hollywood" (Winter 1991)
1990 Albert L. Hurtado, "Public History and the Native American" (Spring 1990)
Each year the Friends of the Montana Historical Society, the
organization of MHS volunteers, vote for their favorite article in
Montana The Magazine of Western History. Established in 2004, this
award represents the opinion of a diverse group who have a strong interest
in Montana and western history. The following is a list of award
recipients thus far.
2011 Joseph M. Hartmann, "'Our Snow Covered Trail': A Montana Freighter Recalls the Hard Winter of 1906-1907" (Winter 2011)
2010 Lincoln Bramwell, "When the Mountains Roared: The 1910
Northern Rockies Fires" (Autumn 2010)
2009 Ellen Baumler, "Montana Deaconess School to Intermountain: A Centennial of Restoring Hope for Children, 1909-2009" (Spring 2009)
2008 Dan Flores, "Bringing Home All the Pretty Horses: The Horse Trade and the Early American West, 1775-1825" (Summer 2008)
2007 Fredric Quivik, "The Tragic Montana Career of Dr. D. E. Salmon" (Spring 2007)
2006 Seena B. Kohl, "Love, Valor, and Endurance: World War II War Brides Making a Home in Montana" (Autumn 2006)
2005 Ellen Baumler, "The Masonic Apron of Meriwether Lewis and the Legacy of Masonry in Montana" (Winter 2005)
2004 Aaron Parrett, "Montana's Worst Natural Disaster: The 1964 Flood on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation" (Summer 2004)
Ellen Baumler has received the American Association for State and Local History Award of Merit for Beyond Spirit Tailings: Montana's Mysteries, Ghosts, and Haunted Places , published by the Montana Historical Society.
Beyond Spirit Tailings, its predecessor Spirit Tailings: Ghost Tales form Virginia City, Butte, and Helena, and the audio book Beyond Spirit Tailings with music by Philip Aaberg, can each be purchased through the Montana Historical Society Museum Store.
The Army Historical Foundation has named James E. Potter a finalist in their 2005 Distinguished Writing Awards. Potter's article "Hunting in the Frontier Army: 'The Great Source of Amusement,'" appeared in the Autumn 2005 issue of Montana The Magazine of Western History. In his article, Potter discusses the importance of hunting on the frontier as a form of recreation and sustenance for soldiers. Potter is a senior research historian at the Nebraska State Historical Society.
In a new and exciting twist, Ellen Baumler's ever-popular historical ghost stories found an enthusiastic reader in world-famous composer Philip Aaberg. Inspired by the stories, he encouraged Ellen to produce and audio version of Beyond Spirit Tailings to which he could add his music. Ellen and Philip's spooky collaboration will evoke those places and images that make our imagination such a wonderful (and sometimes unearthly) destination. For more information about ordering your copy of this five-disc set, visit the MHS Museum Store online, or call 1-800-243-9900.
Publications program staff member Tammy Ryan was recently awarded the Governor's Award for Excellence in Performance. In a cermony on the campus of Carroll College, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer presented the award to Ryan and other state employees representing a variety of state agencies. Former Montana Governor Sam Stephens established this award in 1990, which recognizes state employees across Montana. Winners are selected based upon a variety of professional, leadership, and service criteria. Since 1988, Tammy Ryan has brought energy, integrity, initiative, talent, and collegiality to the publications program as circulation and advertising manager of Montana The Magazine of Western History. We extend our congratulations to Tammy for her service to our organization.
William E. Farr's two-part article titled "Going to the Buffalo: Indian Hunting Migrations across the Rocky Mountains," originally published in Montana The Magazine of Western History, has been translated into German and published by Verlag Amerikanistik D. Kuegler. The article previously received recognition by winning the 2004 Vivian Paladin Award from the Montana Historical Society.
Ellen Baumler's Girl From the Gulches: The Story of Mary Ronan, published by the Montana Historical Society Press, has been selected as a Finalist Award Winner in the 2004 WILLA Literary Awards in the Memoir/Essay category. Awarded annually for outstanding literature featuring women's stories set in the West, the WILLA Literary Awards are chosen by a distinguished panel of twenty-one professional librarians.
The Montana Historical Society Press is pleased to annouce that Hope in Hard Times: New Deal Photographs of Montana, 1936-1942 by Mary Murphy was selected as the first place winner of the Montana Book Award. This annual award recognizes literary and/or artistic excellence in a book published in the previous year.
We are delighted to announce that for the second year in a row, the magazine has won the Theodore C. Blegen Award from the Forest History Society. Sara Dant Ewert's "Evolution of an Environmentalist: Senator Frank Church and the Hells Canyon Controversy" (Montana The Magazine of Western History, Spring 2001) won for 2002, and Alice Wondrak's "Wrestling with Horace Albright: Edmund Rogers, Visitors, and Bears in Yellowstone National Park" (Autumn-Winter 2002) won for 2003. The Blegen Award is given annually to the author of the best article in a journal other than Environmental History. The author receives a $500 award and plaque.
For more on The Forest History Society, visit www.foresthistory.org.
Allan Mathews's A Guide to Historic Missoula, volume 6 in the Montana Mainstreets series, received a Certificate of Commendation, which recognizes excellence, from the American Association for State and Local History.