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Paul A. Stellhorn Undergraduate Paper in New Jersey History Award


This award was established in 2004 to honor Paul A. Stellhorn (1947-2001), who was a distinguished historian and public servant who worked for the New Jersey Historical Commission, the New Jersey Committee (now Council) for the Humanities, and the Newark Pubic Library. An especially active and effective member of the New Jersey history community, he did much to expand the audience for New Jersey history and was an effective advocate for pubic history and a vigorous supporter of scholarship and publication about the state’s history.  As a program officer and a grants administrator he helped many of our present historians and humanities scholars to achieve their goals, whether as scholars, history agency personnel, or educators.  He earned a Ph.D. in American History from Rutgers University with a dissertation about Newark during the era of the Great Depression. He was the author or editor of many works about New Jersey’s past, especially about its urban history.

In 2013, there will be one or more awards in two categories, one for course or seminar papers, the other for senior theses.  Awards will consist of a framed certificate and a cash award.  The sponsors will present the award(s) at the New Jersey Forum in November 2013.  The New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance will invite the recipient(s) to speak about her, his, or their work at one of the Alliance’s 2014 meetings.

The award is sponsored by the NJSAA, New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey Council for History Education, Friends of Rutgers University Libraries, and New Jersey Caucus of Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC). The Stellhorn Award Committee members are Richard Waldron (chair), Mark Lender, Brooke Hunter, and Peter Mickulas.

Criteria for the award are listed here.  Nominations for the 2014 Paul A. Stellhorn New Jersey History Award are due June 1, 2014.

Past recipients of the Stellhorn Award are:

2013
Rebecca Russo, Rider University. "'Not Having the Fear of God Before Her Eyes': Infanticide in Colonial New Jersey." Nominating professor: Brooke B. Hunter.

Rachel Mark, Columbia University. "Reputation and Reality in America's Model Town: Remembering Racial Integration in Teaneck, New Jersey, 1949-1968." Nominating professor: Hilary Hallett.

2012
Lauren A. Wells, College of New Jersey. "The Early Roots of School Desegregation: Hedgepath-Williams, Trenton, and the History Behind Brown v. Board of Education, 1943-1954."
See the attachment below for Well's paper.

Trevor J. McLaughlin, College of New Jersey. "A View from the Chalkboard: Trenton School Desegregation and the Struggle of Black Teachers in the Pre-Brown era, 1944-1954." 
See the attachment below for McLaughlin's paper.

2011, First Place: Taylor H. Desloge, Princeton University, "‘Help the Ladies!”: Public and Private Vision in Women’s Historical Preservation at the Old Barracks in Trenton, NJ, 1899-1919.” Nominating Professor: Alison Isenberg. See the attachment below for Desloge's paper.

2011, Second Place (shared):

Emma Curran Donnelly Hulse, Columbia University, “The Black City: Remembering Newark in the Era of Black Power.” Nominating Professor: Alice Kessler-Harris.
See the attachment below for Hulse's paper.

Eric Schkrutz, Rutgers University, “Urban Development in the City of the Traveler: The Story of New Brunswick and Why It May Never Resolve Its Identity Crisis.” Nominating Professor: Alison Isenberg.
See the attachment below for Schkrutz's paper.

2010, First place:  Patricia L. Franchino, Rutgers University, “American in Deed; Italian at Heart: Three Generations in Raritan, N.J., in the 1940s.” See the attachment below for Franchino's paper.

2010, Second place:  Brian J. Thomas, Monmouth University, "Shore Points: The Expanding Influence of New Jersey's Garden
State Parkway.”  See the attachment below for Thomas' paper.

2010, Second place:  Felicia Norott, Monmouth University, “The North American Phalanx and the Raritan Bay Union.”  See attachment below for Norott's paper.

2009: Amisha Patel, Rutgers University, "The Science of George Washington Honed in New Jersey." 

2008: John Rocco Calabro, Seton Hall University, "An Economic History of the City of Paterson."

2007: no award given

2006: Christopher Antanaitis, Rider University, "Chambersburg and North Trenton: Varieties in the Experiences of Italians in Trenton, N.J., c. 1900-1980."

2005: Rebecca Karol, Rowan University, "Martin Luther King, Jr., Mary's Cafe, and the Forgotten Beginning of the Civil Rights Movement."

2004: Laura Granett, Rutgers University, "The Boy Scouts of America vs. James Dale: The Court of Law vs. the Court of Public Opinion."

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