From Institution to Independence

From Institution to Independence is the 2012 Local History Publication Award winner in the Academic Scholar Division

The Center for Archival Collections has revealed the winners of their 2012 Local History Publication Award. From Institutions to Independence: A History of People with Disabilities in Northwest Ohio, edited by Barbara L. Floyd, won in the Academic Scholar Division, and Calamity and Courage: Tiffin’s Battle During Ohio’s Deadly 1913 Flood, written by Lisa Swickard, won in the Independent Scholar Division. Receiving Honorable Mention were Arab Americans in Toledo, by Samir Abu-Absi, in the Academic Scholar Division, and Searching for Lawrence Emmitt, by James Baker, in the Independent Scholar Division. Other nominated works included Thus Fell Tecumseh by Frank Kuron, Henry County During the Great War: German-Americans, Patriots, and Loyalty by Michael McMaster, and The Boy Who Changed the World: Ohio and the Crippled Children’s Movement by Barbara L. Floyd.

The Local History Publication Award was established to encourage and recognize authors for outstanding publications in the field of northwest Ohio history. Eligible works are judged on literary merit, overall significance and contribution to explaining and understanding the history of the northwest Ohio region. Consideration is also given for style, content, accuracy, illustration, and indexes. Two divisions are recognized. The Academic Scholar Division includes works prepared and submitted by authors who are professional writers and academicians, and the Independent Scholar Division includes works prepared by independent or local researchers, amateurs, and other creative writers who do not claim history as a profession. Each Division winner receives a $300.00 cash award and plaque.