LAC Alumna, Alice L. Baumgartner, receives 2014 Louis Pelzer Memorial Award for best essay in American History

At the 2014 OAH Annual Meeting, OAH President Alan M. Kraut and OAH President-Elect Patricia Limerick presented Alice L. Baumgartner, LAC MPhil student from 2011-2013 and currently studying history at the Graduate School, Yale University, with the 2014 Louis Pelzer Memorial Award for the best essay in American history by a graduate student.

Alice's essay is titled:

“ʻThe Line of Positive Safety’: Borders, Boundaries, and Nations in the Rio Grande Valley, 1848–1880.” 

Alice's essay explores American-Mexican relations at the border and will be published in the Journal of American History in conjunction with the award. The winning essay was judged anonymously based on significance of the subject matter, literary craftsmanship, and competence in the handling of evidence.

Founded in 1907, the OAH is the largest learned society and professional organization dedicated to the teaching and study of the American past. The OAH promotes excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history, and encourages wide discussion of historical questions and equitable treatment of all practitioners of history.