The International Society for Landscape, Place, & Materials Culture is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2014 Awards:
Henry H. Douglas Distinguished Service Award
The Award is named in memory of the founder of the Pioneer America Society: Association for the Preservation of Artifacts & Landscapes, Mr. Henry H. Douglas, and is given to an individual who has made significant contributions over the years in furthering the Society’s goals through service, teaching, publications, and/or the promotion of historic preservation. No award was presented in 2015.
Fred B. Kniffen Book Award
The Fred B. Kniffen Book Award, established in 1989, honors the work of Fred B. Kniffen, a long-time scholar at Louisiana State University. The Kniffen Award recognizes the best-authored book in the field of North American material culture.
The recipient was Thomas Carter, professor emeritus of the University of Utah, for his book, Building Zion: The Material World of Mormon Settlement. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015.
Allen G. Noble Book Award
The Allen G. Noble Book Award is given in honor of the scholarship Allen G. Noble contributed to cultural geography. The award recognizes the best-edited book in the field of North American material culture. No award was presented in 2015.
ISLPMC Historic Preservation Award
The Historic Preservation Award, established in 2000, recognizes the preservation, interpretation, instruction, celebration, or exhibit of American material culture.
The 2015 winner was Historic Zoarsville (see image below) for its ongoing efforts to preserve and restore historic Zoar Village, a 19th century communal society of German religious dissenters in Zoar, Ohio.
The 2015 Historic Preservation Certificate of Merit recipient was the May 4 Visitors Center at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio (see image below) for its efforts to interpret and preserve the events of May 4, 1970.
Warren E. Roberts Graduate Student Paper Competition Award
The Warren E. Roberts Graduate Student Paper Competition, established in 2004 in memory of folklife scholar Warren E. Roberts, a longtime PAS: APAL member and former member of the Board of Directors, is an annual competitive award that recognizes excellence in original graduate student fieldwork, documentary research, and writing in the area of traditional North American material culture. No award was presented in 2015.
Wilhelm-Keiffer Student Research Award
The Wilhelm-Keiffer Student Research Award, established in 2012, is in honor of long-time PAS: APAL member, Hubert Wilhelm, a cultural geographer, whose enthusiasm for teaching has had a global impact, and is in memory of the Society’s Executive Director, Artimus Keiffer, an architectural geographer and student of Hubert Wilhelm. The award is an annual competitive prize in the field of American material culture which is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. No award was presented in 2015.