Awards and honors

Smith receives history award


Stacey Smith

At the 2014 Organization of American Historian Annual Meeting, Oregon State University’s Stacey L. Smith was given the inaugural 2014 David Montgomery Award for the best book on a topic in American labor and working-class history. Smith’s book, “Freedom’s Frontier: California and the Struggle over Unfree Labor, Emancipation, and Reconstruction” (University of North Carolina Press), reveals the various forms of exploitation of bound workers—African Americans, Chinese, Latino, Native American, and Hawai‘ian and child laborers—in the “free” state of California before, during, and after the Civil War. For more information on the David Montgomery Award, visit the OAH online at

Davis honored by Idaho Historical Society


Loren Davis

Loren Davis, associate professor of anthropology at Oregon State University, has been selected for the 2014 Esto Perpetua Award from the Idaho State Historical Society. This award honors individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the preservation of Idaho history through professional accomplishments, public service, volunteerism or philanthropy. The award will be presented June 12 in Boise at the state’s premier territorial site, the Old Idaho Penitentiary.

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