Madison, WI. – The Wisconsin Historical Society is excited to announce that the Wisconsin Historical Society Press is the recipient of two Book Award of Merit awards for two of their titles, JohnOdin Jensen’s, Stories from the Wreckage: A Great Lakes Maritime History Inspired by Shipwrecks (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2019) and R. Richard Wagner’s, We’ve Been Here All Along: Wisconsin’s Early Gay History (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2019). The three independent judges are instructed to evaluate submissions based on criteria clearly described in the RFP, including: Factual accuracy and documentation, quality of writing and research methodology.
“Both of these titles address topics in need of quality historical coverage,” said Christian Overland, Ruth and Hartley Barker Director & CEO of the Wisconsin Historical Society. “The authors succeeded in linking state history topics to the national and global experience and I’m very impressed by the innovative and varied research methods that each author used.”
In Stories from the Wreckage, Odin Jensen examines a selection of Great Lake Shipwrecks of the wooden age for a deeper dive into this transformative chapter of maritime history. He mines the archaeological evidence and historic record to show how their tragic ends fit with the larger narrative of Midwestern history. Featuring the underwater photography of maritime archaeologist Tamara Thomsen, this vibrant volume is a must-have for shipping enthusiasts as well as anyone interested in the power of water to shape history.
In We’ve Been Here All Along, Wagner draws on historical research and materials from his own extensive archive to uncover previously hidden stories of gay Wisconsinites. This book honors their legacy and confirms that they have been fundamental to the development and evolution of the state since its earliest days.
Each year, the Wisconsin Historical Society’s governing Board of Curators recognizes individuals and organizations for meritorious work in areas relating to the Society’s mission. The Board of Curators is made up of thirty-seven elected and appointed members from across the state.
For information on award criteria, nominations and deadlines please visit www.wisconsinhistory.org.