Vermont Historical Society Announces the 2007
Winners of the Richard O. Hathaway Award
for Outstanding Vermont History
The Vermont Historical Society is pleased to announce two winners for the Society’s prestigious 2007 Richard O. Hathaway Award announced on September 15, 2007 at the Vermont State House. UVM Library Associate Professor and Director of Research Collections Jeffrey D. Marshall was honored for his 2006 historical novel, The Inquest, published by Hardscrabble Books, a division of the University Press of New England. Described by the judges as “creative and skillful – clearly an outstanding and innovative project,” Marshall’s captivating story takes place in Burlington, UVM and the medical school in the 1830s.
The Vermont Women’s History Project received the award for their work on documenting the historical achievements of a number of Vermont women in an engaging 14-minute DVD, “Strengthening the Future by Illuminating the Past.” Judith Irving, Director of the Vermont Women’s History Project, Vermont Commission on Women, accepted the award on their behalf. The project resulted from hundreds of hours of filmed interviews based on research and exhibits from historical societies throughout Vermont on the history of the extraordinary women, some famous, some now obscure, who lived in their towns. The project received accolades for its “excellence as a visionary work” and for stimulating interest in Vermont women’s history, acknowledged by the judges as “long overdue.”
Irving and Marshall each received a $500 prize and a commemorative plaque. The award, created in 2006, commemorates the legacy of professor of history Richard O. Hathaway, who taught at Goddard College, Norwich University and Vermont College. Hathaway also served as VHS trustee, president of the Vermont Labor History Society and as a humanities scholar with the Vermont Humanities Council. For more information, or to make a contribution to the VHS Richard O. Hathaway Fund, please contact Karen Stites, 802-479-8501.