Herbert Feis Award Recipients
Established in 1984, this award is offered annually to recognize distinguished contributions to public history during the previous 10 years. The prize is named in memory of Herbert Feis (1893–1972), public servant and historian of recent American foreign policy, with an initial endowment from the Rockefeller Foundation. The prize was originally given for books produced by historians working outside of academe. In 2006, the scope of the award was changed to emphasize significant contributions in the field of public history.
2013 Feis Award
Richard E. Turley Jr., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Richard E. Turley Jr., the assistant church historian of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has guided the church’s significant history operations, including archives, museums, 25 historic sites, and a vast records management system. He has spent his career improving access to historical information for researchers around the globe. Projects started or carried out under his direction have made millions of records available for use without charge online worldwide. Most recently, he courageously facilitated the opening of papers related to the Mountain Meadows Massacre and the site’s designation as a National Historic Landmark. In an age concerned with transparency and the accountability of institutions, his actions stand as a beacon to others.