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SHA Prize Announcement(2012-02-06)

The Jack Temple Kirby Award was established in 2010 by the Southern Historical Association to commemorate the scholarship and SHA service of Jack Kirby, who was its current president when he died in August 2009. In keeping with Professor Kirby's scholarly contributions to southern history, the Kirby Prize will be awarded to authors of journal articles in either southern agricultural or environmental history over a two-year period. The first recipient, announced at the SHA’s annual meeting in Baltimore, is James Giesen of Mississippi State University, for his article, “’The Truth about the Boll Weevil’: The Nature of Planter Power in the Mississippi Delta,” published in Environmental History (October 2009).
The SHA has created an ad hoc committee to raise the funds to endow the Kirby Prize, which will be co-chaired by James C. Cobb, University of Georgia, and Barbara J. Fields, Columbia University. Anyone interested in making a donation to this fund in memory of Jack Kirby can send a check to the SHA office, 111 LeConte Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602, and designate it for this purpose. Kirby’s family will be notified of all donors to the fund.

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