The Philip S. Klein Pennsylvania History Prize is awarded for the best scholarly article published in Pennsylvania History every odd-numbered year. Beginning in 1987 (for the years 1985-1986), it is the first of two prizes established in honor of past president Philip Klein who served from 1954-1957.  The prize is announced at the Association’s annual banquet during the fall conference and it carries a cash award.

OCTOBER 2019 (FOR THE YEARS 2017-2018)

Michael B. McCoy, “’The High Price of Living’: The Lives of Insolvent Laborers in Jacksonian-Era Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, 1815–1842,” Pennsylvania History 84 (Spring 2017):  171-213.

October 2017 (for the years 2015-2016)

Richard P. Mulcahy, “The Justice, the Informer, and the Composer: The Roy Harris Case and the Dynamics of Anti-Communism in Pittsburgh in the Early 1950s,” Pennsylvania History 82, no. 4 (2015), 403-37.

October 2015 (for the years 2013-2014)

Jim Higgins, “B. Franklin Royer: A Half Century in Public Health,” Pennsylvania History 81, no. 2 (Spring 2014): 169-206.

October 2013 (for the years 2011-2012)

John Bloom, “‘The Farmers Didn’t Particularly Care for Us’: Oral Narrative and the Grass Roots Recovery of African American Migrant Farm Labor History in Central Pennsylvania,” Pennsylvania History, 78 (Autumn 2011): 323-54.

October 2011 (for 2009-2010)

Simon Finger, “An Indissoluble Union: How the American War for Independence Transformed Philadelphia’s Medical Community and Created a Public Health Establishment,” Pennsylvania History, 77 (Winter 2010): 37-72.

October 2009 (for the years 2007-2008)

Matthew Ward, “The ‘Peaceable Kingdom’ Destroyed: The Seven Years’ War and the Transformation of the Pennsylvania Backcountry,” Pennsylvania History, 74, (Autumn 2007): 247-79.

October 2007 (for the years 2005-2006)

Daniel P. Barr, “A Road for Warriors: The Western Delawares and the Seven Years’ War,” Pennsylvania History, 73 (Winter 2006): 1-36.

October 2005 (for the years 2003-2004)

John Thomas McGuire, “Two Feminist Visions: Social Justice Feminism and Equal Rights, 1899-1940,” Pennsylvania History, 71 (Fall 2004): 445-78.

October 2003 (for the years 2001-2002)

Hermann Wellenreuther, “White Eyes and the Delawares’ Vision of an Indian State,” Pennsylvania History, 68 (Spring 2001): 139-61.

October 2001 (for the years 1999-2000)

Jane T. Merritt, “Cultural Encounters along a Gender Frontier: Mohican, Delaware and German Women in Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania,” Pennsylvania History, 67 (Autumn 2000): 502-31.

November 1999 (for the years 1997-1998)

Eric Ledell Smith, “The End of Black Voting Rights in Pennsylvania: African-Americans and the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention of 1837-38,”  Pennsylvania History, 65 (Summer 1998): 279-99.

November 1997 (for the years 1995-1996)

Philip Jenkins, “‘Spy Mad’?  Investigating Subversion in Pennsylvania, 1917-1918,” Pennsylvania History, 63 (Spring 1996): 204-31.

October 1995 (for the years 1993-1994)

Richard Alan Ryerson, “William Penn’s Gentry Commonwealth: An Interpretation of the Constitutional History of Early Pennsylvania, 1681-1701,” Pennsylvania History, 61 (October 1994): 393-428.

October 1993 (for the years 1991-1992)

Gerald G. Eggert, “`Two Steps Forward, A Step-and-a-Half Back’: Harrisburg’s African-American Community in the Nineteenth century,” Pennsylvania History, 58 (January 1991): 1-36.

October 1991 (for the years 1989-1990)

Daniel K. Richter, “A Framework for Pennsylvania Indian History,” Pennsylvania HIstory, 57 (July 1990): 236-61.

October 1989 (for the years 1987-1988)

Dennis B. Downey and Raymond M. Hyser, “`A Crooked Death’: Coatesville, Pennsylvania, and the Lynching of Zachariah Walker,” Pennsylvania History, 54 (April 1987): 85-102.

October 1987 (for the years 1985-1986)

Laurence M. Hauptman, “General John S. Bragdon, The Office of Public Works Planning, and the Decision to Build the Pennsylvania Kinzua Dam,” Pennsylvania History, 53 (July 1986): 181-200.