2017 Award Winners Announced!

Hugh T. Lefler Undergraduate Award for 2017

This award is given annually (each academic year) by the Historical Society of North Carolina for the best research paper or project on North Carolina history by an undergraduate student from an accredited senior North Carolina college or university.

Hugh T. Lefler Award for 2017 is Andrew C. Turner’s “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Events: The Experiences of Common People during the Siege and Capture of Fort Macon.” The paper was written for Dr. Angela Thompson’s HIST 4000 (History Research and Methods, Capstone Course) in Spring 2017 at East Carolina University. Andrew will graduate in Fall 2017 with a BA in History and a minor in Geology. He has applied for admission to the Graduate Program in History at ECU in Spring 2018.

Robert D.W. Connor Award for 2017

Each year, The Society presents the Robert D.W. Connor Award for best article in the field of North Carolina history or biography published in the North Carolina Historical Review the preceding year.

The winning article this year is Thomas L. Howard III, “The State that Said No: The Fight for Ratification of the Federal Constitution in North Carolina,” from the January 2017 issue. Thomas L. Howard III is a member of the University of Virginia School of Law Class of 2019 and served on the staff of Jefferson’s University—Early Life Project (1819-1870) and the Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier. He is the co-author of Society Ties: A History of the Jefferson Society and Student Life at the University of Virginia just published by University of Virginia Press.

Outstanding Teacher of North Carolina History Award

The Historical Society of North Carolina recognizes outstanding teaching of North Carolina state history with an annual award.

The recipient of the Outstanding Teacher of North Carolina History Award is Quan Stewart. He teaches world history at North Brunswick High School at Leland where he does an impressive job of showing students the connections between North Carolina and the greater world.