Thursday, November 2, 2017

A Prize on the History of the US Treasury

[We have the following announcement.]

For over two hundred years, the United States Treasury has been at the forefront of American history and the history of the federal government. From Alexander Hamilton to the 2007-2008 Financial Crisis, the Treasury has faced wars, panics, and a rapidly changing American and global economy.

To promote and preserve the history of this institution, the Treasury Historical Association (THA) invites essay submissions for the inaugural 1500 Penn Prize.  Named in honor of the location of the Treasury’s historic main building, the prize seeks to reward outstanding scholarship on the history and significance of the Treasury to American history—widely conceived. The THA welcomes scholarly essays that cover any period of American history, as well as any aspect of the Treasury’s past, including studies of policies, politics, architecture, people, and culture.

Essays will be judged by a panel of historians and Treasury experts.  The winner of this contest will receive a $250 honorarium as well as an invitation to speak at the THA’s prestigious Noontime Lecture Series in the historic Cash Room of the Treasury building in Washington, D.C. Past speakers have included leading scholars and former Secretaries of the Treasury.  The THA will cover travel costs to Washington D.C. up to $750.

Submissions must be double-spaced, 12-point font, and no more than 12,000 words including footnotes Submissions should also include a current CV and a cover page. The cover page should include contact information and author’s affiliation.  Essay submissions should be sent via email as a PDF attachment to Michael Caires via email to

For questions on the 1500 Penn Prize or the THA Noontime Lecture Series, contact Michael Caires via email at  For more information on the Treasury Historical Association visit here.  The deadline is January 31, 2018. The winner will be announced in April 2018.