This award was established in 2004 to honor
In 2015, 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 2015. 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 2015/2016 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 2015 Paul A. Stellhorn New Jersey History Award are due June 1, 2016.
Past recipients of the Stellhorn Award are:
Term or Seminar Paper:
Brett Diehl, Princeton University. “The Story of Cezar Trent and Peter Scudder, Two Free Black Men in Antebellum Princeton.”
Steven Rodriguez, The College of New Jersey, “From Kingsbury to Mount Laurel II: Low-Cost Housing and Exclusionary Zoning in Trenton, NJ.”
Senior Thesis, First Place:
Kellen Elizabeth Henniford, Princeton University. “Free Blacks, Freeborn Slaves, and Bondsmen in a Free State: African American Life and Black
Political Action during New Jersey’s Emancipatory Period, c. 1820-1845.”
Erik Snyder, The College of New Jersey. “‘Stronger than the Storm’: Why the Great Atlantic Storm of 1962 Failed to Scare New Jersey from its Shore.”
Senior Thesis, Second Place:
Abigail Klionsky, Princeton University. “In the Tiger’s Lair: The Development of Jewish Student Life at Princeton University, 1915-1972.”
Rebecca Russo, Rider University. "'Not Having the Fear of God Before Her Eyes': Infanticide in Colonial New Jersey." Nominating professor: Brooke B. Hunter. See the attachment below for Russo's paper.
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. See the attachment below for Mark's paper.
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 (shared):
Brian J. Thomas, Monmouth University. "Shore Points: The Expanding Influence of New Jersey's Garden State Parkway.” See the attachment below for Thomas' paper.
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."
Rebecca Karol, Rowan University. "Martin Luther King, Jr., Mary's Cafe,
and the Forgotten Beginning of the Civil Rights Movement."