Ken Hendrickson Best Article Award
In October 2012, the TOHA Board of Directors created the Ken Hendrickson Best Article Award in honor of longtime journal editor, Kenneth E. Hendrickson Jr. The award, judged by a panel of TOHA members, recognizes one outstanding article per issue of Sound Historian. The award is a cash prize and plaque.
Dr. Hendrickson was in large part responsible for the creation of Sound Historian in 1993 to mark TOHA's tenth anniversary. Subsequently, he served as editor-in-chief of the journal from 1995 through 2012. In those seventeen years, he created thirteen issues of the journal. Dr. Hendrickson received generous support for his editorial work from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, where he was professor of history, chair of the Department of History, and Hardin Distinguished Professor of American History. In 2007, TOHA named Dr. Hendrickson the recipient of the Thomas L. Charlton Lifetime Achievement Award.
Volume 20 (2018) Award
Congratulations to Justin Willis, winner of the 2018 Kenneth E. Hendrickson, Jr. Best Article Award for his timely article titled "Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices through Oral History," which can be read in the 2018 volume of TOHA's journal, Sound Historian. The award was presented at TOHA's virtual conference in September 2020 and mailed to Dr. Willis, where it is now safe and sound in his possession as you can see from the accompanying photo. Congratulations again, Justin!
Volume 19 (2017) Award
Congratulations to Robert Duke, winner of the 2017 Kenneth E. Hendrickson, Jr. Best Article Award for his article titled "Follow that Fellow to the Furrow in Firou", which can be read in the latest volume of TOHA's journal, Sound Historian. The award, judged by a panel of TOHA members, recognizes one outstanding article per issue of Sound Historian. The award is presented at TOHA's annual conference each spring. Although Duke could not join us this year in College Station, we will make sure his award and prize make it safely to him. Congratulations again, Robert Duke!
Volume 18 (2016) Award
For the 2016 award, there were two winners of the Kenneth Hendrickson Jr. Best Article Award—Dr. Patrick Cox for his article “Kenneth E. Hendrickson, Jr.: An Influential Life and Career in Oral History” and Dr. Christine Reiser Robbins (et. al) for “The Open-Ended Potential of Oral History Research: The South Texas Hispanic Farm Labor Communities Oral History Project”. Both articles are featured in volume 18 of Sound Historian.
Volume 17 (2015) Award
TOHA Board member Adrienne Cain presented the fourth Ken Hendrickson Best Article Award to Dr. Jessica Brannon-Wranosky on April 23, 2016, during TOHA's annual conference luncheon held on the campus of Baylor University in Waco. Dr. Brannon-Wranosky's award-winning article, "History, Memory, and Perspective: Christia V. Daniels Adair's 1977 Interview with the Black Women Oral History Project," appeared in Volume 17 (2015) of Sound Historian.
Volume 16 (2014) Award
The third Ken Hendrickson Best Article Award honored Milton Jordan, the author of "Civil Rights and College Journalism: Mark Lett and the 1961 Southwestern University Megaphone," which was judged the most outstanding article in Volume 16 (2014). The award was presented by journal editor Dan K. Utley during the luncheon at TOHA's fourth annual conference, held at Texas A&M University-Commerce on April 25, 2015.
Volume 15 (2013) Award
The second Ken Hendrickson Best Article Award honored Kendra DeHart, the author of "Jury Hung, Clay Henry Not: Scandal and Judicial Intrigue in Lajitas, Texas," Volume 15 (2013). The award was announced on April 5, 2014, in Nacogdoches, during TOHA's Third Annual Conference and presented to Kendra by TOHA cofounder Dr. Rebecca Sharpless at Texas Christian University in spring 2015.