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Former AHS President and Fellow David Danbom Recognized(2013-09-19)

Help us to congratulate a former president and current Fellow of the Society, David Danbom, on being recognized by Colorado State University with a Distinguished Alumni Award. Full press release from CSU follows.

David Danbom, retired history professor at North Dakota State University, now living in Loveland, Colo., will receive the College of Liberal Arts Honor Alumnus Distinguished Alumni Award from the Colorado State University Alumni Association on Thurs., Oct. 10, 2013 at the Embassy Suites Loveland in Loveland, Colo.
Information about the awards and the program can be found at

College of Liberal Arts Honor Alumnus
David B. Danbom, Ph.D.
B.A., ’69, History
Loveland, Colorado

David Danbom’s connections with Colorado State University are deep and intimate. His mother, Rowene, taught in the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication after her retirement from a career in public relations. He met his wife, Karen, on their first day at CSU in September 1965. His brother, Dan, earned a CSU degree in 1968. And one of his children, Mark, is a 2005 graduate in accounting.
After receiving a history degree in 1969, Dr. Danbom pursued graduate studies at Stanford, where he received a Ph.D. in 1974. He accepted a position in the history department at North Dakota State University, where he taught until his retirement in 2010.
Dr. Danbom has written four of his six books on American agriculture and rural life, becoming what Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Kennedy calls, “the foremost historian of rural America.” His first book, The Resisted Revolution: Urban America and the Industrialization of Agriculture, 1900-1930, remains one of the most cited works in the field, and Born in the Country: A History of Rural America, has been characterized as “the best, most thoughtful, and most comprehensive” work of its kind. Dr. Danbom has received numerous awards for his work, and in 1990 he was elected president of the Agricultural History Society.
At North Dakota State University, Dr. Danbom won a number of awards for teaching and public service. He was named Fargo Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Professor and, in 1990, was chosen as North Dakota Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He also played an active role in his community, serving on the Mayor’s Committee for Downtown Redevelopment in Fargo, and on the city’s Historic Preservation and Human Relations commissions. He also wrote more than 100 op-ed columns for the Fargo Forum newspaper.
Dr. Danbom and Karen moved to Loveland in 2011. They have two children, Elizabeth and Mark.

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