The Pennsylvania Historical Association announces that nominations are now open for the 2018 William A. Pencak Award for the best undergraduate research paper about Pennsylvania and/or mid-Atlantic history. The award, named for Bill Pencak (1951–2013), a former editor of Pennsylvania History and a prolific scholar and much-loved Penn State University history professor, honors the year's best-written undergraduate paper in history.

PHA initiated the prize in 2017. Frank Grumbine of Shippensburg University received the award for his entry: “Inundation of the Heartland: Tropical Storm Agnes and the Landscape of the Susquehanna Valley.” Frank accepted his award at the banquet of the annual meeting of PHA last October in Scranton. Here is an abstract:

Environmental perception and poor land use practices in the twentieth century are argued to be the primary agents which led to widespread devastation of the Susquehanna Valley following tropical storm Agnes in the summer of 1972. The flooding...

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