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.
2015 Feis Award
Pamela M. Henson, Smithsonian Institution Archives
Pamela M. Henson, director of the Institutional History Division of the Smithsonian Institution Archives, has helped to steward and grow our national collections for decades, enriching the fabric of public history while doing so. In her career she has curated over a dozen exhibits, advised Smithsonian secretaries and regents, mentored the careers of countless scholars, and made major contributions of her own to the history of science. The Smithsonian archives are a national treasure, their value made manifest through Henson’s work.