The Vermont Historical Society bestows the Ben Lane Award ($200) for the best article published in Vermont History over a span of four volumes (the award was previously based on a span of two volumes). Winners are chosen by the VHS Publications and Research Committee.
Who was Ben Lane?
The award was created in 1981 by the Lane Press of Burlington, Vermont, to honor its long-time president, Ben B. Lane, on his 85th birthday. After World War I, Lane worked for his father's business and eventually bought it from him in 1929; he retired in 1961. Lane was a trustee of the Vermont Historical Society from 1965 - 1966.
Guidelines and application
The winner of the Ben Lane Award is selected by the VHS Publications and Research Committee from articles previously published in Vermont History over a span of four volumes. If you are interested in submitting an article to the Vermont Historical Society for consideration of publication into the Vermont History journal, please view our submission guidelines page. Publication of article submissions is not guaranteed.
Kevin P. Thornton, Andrew Harris, Vermont's Forgotten Abolitionist, 83 (Summer/Fall 2015):119-156
Michael Laramie, The French Lake Champlain Fleet and the Contest for the Control of the Lake, 1742-1760, 80 (Winter/Spring 2012): 1-32
Jane Williamson, African Americans in Addison County, Charlotte, and Hinesburgh, 1790-1860. 78 (Winter/Spring 2010): 15-42
John A. Sautter, Equity and History: Vermont's Education Revolution in the Early 1890s, 76 (Winter/Spring 2008): 2-18
Vincent Edward Feeney, Pre-Famine Irish in Vermont, 1815-1844, 74 (Summer/Fall 2006): 102-126
Keith Erekson, The Joseph Smith Memorial Monument and Royalton’s ‘Mormon Affair’: Religion, Community, Memory, and Politics in Progressive Vermont, 73 (Summer/Fall 2005): 118-151
Michael Sherman, Brickyards and Frameworks: A Retrospectus and Prospectus on Vermont History Writing, 71 (Winter/Spring 2003): 11-45; and Blake Harrison, The Technological Turn: Skiing and Landscape Change in Vermont, 1930-1970, 71 (Summer/Fall 2003): 11-45
Kenneth Degree, Malfeasance or Theft?: What Really Happened at the Middlebury Branch of the Vermont State Bank?, 68 (Winter/Spring 2000): 5-34
David E. Narrett, 'I Must Again Remind You that You are a Vermonter': Henry Stevens, Historical Tradition, and Green Mountain State Patriotism in the 1840s, 66 (Summer/Fall 1998):
Donald A. Smith, Green Mountain Insurgency: Transformation of New York's Forty-Year Land War, 64 (Fall 1996) part 1 part 2
Deborah P. Clifford, Abby Hemenway's Road to Rome, 63 (Fall 1995)
William A. Haviland and Margory W. Power, A New Look at Vermont's Oldest Art: Understanding the Bellows Falls Petroglyphs, 62 (Fall 1994)
Gene Sessions, Espionage in Windsor: Clarence H. Waldron and Patriotism in World War I, 61 (Summer 1993)
Betsy Beattie, Migrants and Millworkers: The French Canadian Population of Burlington and Colchester, 1860-1870, 60 (Spring 1992)
Kevin Dann, From Degeneration to Regeneration: The Eugenics Survey of Vermont, 1925-1936, 59 (Winter 1991)
Marilyn S. Blackwell, Growing Up Male in the 1830s: Thomas Pickman Tyler (1815-1892) and the Tyler Family of Brattleboro, 58 (Winter 1990)
J. Kevin Graffagnino, ’Vermonters Unmasked’: Charles Phelps and the Patterns of Dissent in Revolutionary Vermont, 57 (Summer 1989)
Gary J. Aichele, Making the Vermont Constitution: 1777-1824, 57 (Summer 1988)
Gene Sessions, ’Years of Struggle’: The Irish in the Village of Northfield, 1845-1900, 55 (Spring 1987)
Colin G. Calloway, Green Mountain Diaspora: Indian Population Movements in Vermont, c. 1600-1800, 54 (Fall 1986)
Samuel B. Hand, Jeffrey D. Marshall and D. Gregory Sanford, ’Little Republics’: The Structure of State Politics in Vermont, 1854-1920, 53 (Summer 1985)
Colin G. Calloway, The Conquest of Vermont: Vermont’s Indian Troubles in Context, 52 (Summer 1984)
Lorna Quimby and Shepard B. Clough, Peacham, Vermont: Fifty Years of Economic Change, 1929-1979, 51 (Winter 1983)
Kenneth R. Stevens, James Grogan and the Crisis in Canadian-American Relations, 1837-1842, 50 (Fall 1982)
Margaret K. Nelson, Vermont Female Schoolteachers in the Nineteenth Century, 49 (Winter 1981)