Jennifer Harrison of Indianapolis will receive the Jacob P. Dunn Jr. Award for the best article to appear in the Indiana Historical Society's popular history magazine Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History. Harrison will be honored as part of the IHS's annual Founders Day Dinner on Monday, December 5.
Harrison won the award for her article “Naturalist Charlie Deam: Forestry and Conservation Pioneer,” which appeared in the magazine’s fall 2010 issue. Her work has also appeared in local, national and online press, including American Demographics, Nation's Business, AAA’s Home and Away, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Eye, Archaeology, and others. She has also presented papers at several Midwest history conferences, developed educational material, and contributed to books.
As a writer and historian, Harrison has an abiding interest in American history, ethnic heritage, travel, the outdoors and culture. She holds degrees in journalism and business, and currently studies public history at IUPUI and serves as an intern with the Indiana State Archives. At the archives, Harrison works on the papers of Governor Paul McNutt and educational workshops.
In 2005 Harrison was a Creative Renewal fellow of the Indianapolis Arts Council. In 2010 she received an honorable mention in the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists awards.