Leo Lyman Wins MHA Award

Leo LymanAt the Mormon History Association awards banquet yesterday, Edward Leo Lyman, retired Professor of History from Cal State San Bernardino, was presented with the association’s Best Documentary Book Award for his work, Candid Insights of a Mormon Apostle: The Diaries of Abraham H. Cannon, 1889-1895. Congratulations to Leo for a job well done!

The meetings were held at the Dixie Convention Center and Hilton Garden Inn in St. George, Utah. Next year they will be held at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. There were some 700 historians and others in attendance.

The keynote address at the conference was delivered by George A. Miles, Curator of Western Americana at the Beinecke Library, Yale University. Elder Bruce C. Hafen, president of the LDSĀ  St. George Temple and Emeritus LDS General Authority, also spoke, as did former Southern Utah University President Michael T. Benson. In addition to these and other dignitaries who were invited to speak at plenary sessions, approximately 130 professors, graduate students, authors, and other experts delivered papers or publicly critiqued papers over the course of the four-day conference.

In addition to the honor granted to Leo Lyman, several other book awards were presented. Mark Staker’s Hearken O Ye People: The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith’s Ohio Revelations received the Best Book Award and Raymond M. Kuehne’s Mormons as Citizens of a Communist State: A Documentary History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in East Germany, 1945-1990 won Best International Book. The Best Article Award went to David Hall for “Crossroads for Mormon Women: Amy Brown Lyman, J. Reuben Clark, and the Decline of Organized Women’s Activism in the Relief Society.