2008 Joel Palmer Award


'Neither Head nor Tail to the Campaign': Esther Pohl Lovejoy and the Oregon Woman Suffrage Victory of 1912
Fall 2007

by Kimberly Jensen

Kimberly Jensen explores the numerous individuals and suffrage organizations, including the Chinese American Equal Suffrage Society and the Colored Women's Equal Suffrage Association, who worked together to finally win the vote for Oregon women in 1912. Drawing from early-twentieth century newspaper accounts, extensive correspondence records, and archived material from various local and national suffrage associations, Jensen fills the gap left by historians who have noted the importance of the 1912 suffrage vote but have not analyzed the cause of that victory.

Kimberly Jensen received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Iowa and is a professor of history and gender studies at Western Oregon University. Her book Mobilizing Minerva: American Woman and the First World War was published in fall 2007 by the University of Illinois Press. She is currently working on a biography of Esther Pohl Lovejoy.

Honorable Mentions

'we have allmost Every Religion but our own': French-Indian Community Initiatives and Social Relations in French Prairie, Oregon, 1834–1837
Summer 2006

by Melinda Marie Jetté

Melinda Marie Jetté explores the history a group of French Canadian settlers and their Native wives in one of the earliest Euro-American settlements of the Willamette Valley, finding that those families worked to advance their own community's interests and did not, as historians had previously concluded, defer to more powerful forces of the Hudson's Bay Company and Methodist missionaries. Focusing on the French-Indian families' efforts to bring Catholic priests to their settlement, Jetté analyzes archived documents pertaining to French Prairie during the mid-1830s from the perspective of a group of people who, being largely illiterate, left few written records of their own.

Melinda Marie Jetté received her Ph.D. in history from the University of British Columbia. She is an assistant professor of history at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, where she is currently developing a new minor in public history for undergraduate students.

Native American Vulnerability and Resiliency to Great Cascadia Earthquakes
Spring 2007

by Robert J. Losey

Robert J. Losey examines the archaeological record and oral histories to determine how an earthquake and subsequent tsunami in 1700 may have affected Oregon Native coastal people. Losey analyzes the house architecture, residential patterns, foodways, technologies, social organization, and appearance of tsunamis and earthquakes in oral tradition of Native coastal people to understand the complex ways people and environments have responded to earthquakes and tsunamis along what is now the Oregon Coast.

Robert J. Losey received his Ph.D. form the University of Oregon and is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. His areas of expertise are in zooarchaeology, the archaeology of natural disasters, the evolution of social complexity among hunter-gatherers, and maritime adaptation across the globe. He conducts research on the Northwest coast of North American and in Siberia.