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4/23/2009 Olsen earns accolades for OHQ article


McMINNVILLE – An article written by Deborah Olsen, Linfield College history instructor, has earned an award from the Oregon Historical Society.

The Editorial Advisory Board of the Oregon Historical Quarterly (OHQ) has selected Olsen’s article, “Fair Connections: Women’s Separatism and the Lewis and Clark Exposition of 1905,” which appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of the OHQ, as the winner of the 2009 Joel Palmer Award. The award carries $300 and was presented April 18 at the Oregon Historical Society.

One board member described the piece as a “model essay,” which addresses issues of significant interest to historians today in the context of the Lewis and Clark Exposition. Issues include women’s political agency at the turn of the century, and the alliances and conflicts that surrounded the suffrage movement.

Each year, the Oregon Historical Quarterly presents the Joel Palmer Award to the author of the best article published in the journal during the previous year and recognizes two additional articles for honorable mention. The award was established by Omar C. “Slug” Palmer and William J. Lang in honor of their ancestor Joel Palmer, an Oregon pioneer.