May 23, 2016

Historical society recognizes SIU Press books

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Southern Illinois University Press brought home several awards for books it released this past year during the 117th annual meeting of the Illinois State Historical Society.

The Award of Superior Achievement for scholarly publications recognizes those that may serve as a model for the profession and which also reach a greater public. The following SIU Press authors received an Award of Superior Achievement:

• Bryon C. Andreasen, “Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: Lincoln and Mormon County.”

• Matthew W. Hall, “Dividing the Union: Jesse Burgess Thomas and the Making of the Missouri Compromise.”

• John H. Lupton, editor, “Prairie Justice: A History of Illinois Courts under French, English and American Law.”

• Kay Rippelmeyer, “The Civilian Conservation Corps in Southern Illinois, 1933-1942.” Rippelmeyer was an academic adviser for the College of Liberal Arts until her retirement in 2009.

• Mark J. Wagner, “The Wreck of the ‘America’ in Southern Illinois: A Flatboat on the Ohio.” Wagner is also director of the Center for Archaeological Investigations at SIU. 

The Certificate of Excellence for scholarly publications recognizes works showing exemplary qualities of creativity, serious scholarship and efficient utilization of resources. The following SIU Press authors received a Certificate of Excellence:

• Bryon C. Andreasen, “Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: Lincoln’s Springfield.”

• Caroline Brettell, “Following Father Chiniquy: Immigration, Religious Schism, and Scholarly Change in 19th Century Illinois.”

• Lionell Kimble, Jr., “A New Deal for Bronzeville: Housing, Employment, and Civil Rights in Black Chicago, 1935-1955.”

• Bernard Sieracki, “A Just Cause: The Impeachment and Removal of Governor Rod Blagojevich.” 

In addition, professor emeritus Michael Batinski, former chair of the Department of History, received one of five Lifetime Achievement Awards.