The Philip S. Klein Book Prize is awarded for the best book on a topic that illuminates the history of Pennsylvania every even-numbered year. First awarded in 1996 (for the years 1994-1995), a selection committee evaluates the overall quality of scholarship, the significance of contribution to historical knowledge and methodology, and its style, presentation, and readability. The prize was established in honor of Philip S. Klein, president of the Association from 1954 to 1957. Notice of the award is distributed widely and it carries a cash prize.

PHA members congratulate Dr. Jean Soderlund, winner of the 2016 Philip S. Klein Prize for Best Book in Pennsylvania History

For the 2018 award, books with publication dates of 2016 and 2017 will be accepted. To be considered, please submit three (3) copies of the book, each containing a complete publication citation, by April 15, 2018. Contact the Klein prize committee chair, Robert Sandow (, for submission instructions.