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Ken Hendrickson Best Article Award


In October 2012, the TOHA Board of Directors created the Ken Hendrickson Best Article Award in honor of longtime journal editor, Kenneth E. Hendrickson Jr. The award, judged by a panel of TOHA members, recognizes one outstanding article per issue of Sound Historian. The award is a cash prize presented at TOHA's annual conference each spring.

Dr. Hendrickson was in large part responsible for the creation of Sound Historian in 1993 to mark TOHA's tenth anniversary. Subsequently he served as editor-in-chief of the journal from 1995 through 2012. In those seventeen years, he created thirteen issues of the journal. Dr. Hendrickson received generous support for his editorial work from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, where he was professor of history, chair of the Department of History, and Hardin Distinquished Professor of American History. In 2007, TOHA named Dr. Hendrickson the recipient of the Thomas L. Charlton Lifetime Achievement Award.

2013 Volume 14 Award


The first Ken Hendrickson Best Article Award honored Jenny Paul, the author of "Fighting the Nashville Blues: The Outlaw Image in Texas Country Music," which was judged most outstanding article in Volume 14 (2012). Dr. P. Lynn Denton, director of the Public History Program at Texas State University, presented the award to Ms. Paul during the TOHA annual conference on April 13, 2013, on the TSU campus in San Marcos.

2014 Volume 15 Award


The second Ken Hendrickson Best Article Award honored Kendra DeHart, the author of "Jury Hung, Clay Henry Not: Scandal and Judicial Intrigue in Lajitas, Texas," which was judged the most outstanding article in Volume 15 (2013). The award was announced on April 5, 2014, in Nacogdoches, during TOHA's Third Annual Conference. Above, a young Kendra feeds Clay Henry, the mayor of Lajitas, his favorite drink years before researching more about his story.