The American Journalism Historians Association has awarded Department of Communication Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith national honors for her research into how women used 19th century magazines to rally support for the preservation of George Washingtonâ€™s estate.
Pribanic-Smith, who researches political communication in print media in the 19th- and 20th-century American South, was recognized with the 2013 Maurine Beasley Award for Outstanding Paper in Womenâ€™s History.
Her paper, â€œFor the Fame Which May Be Forgotten: Two Magazines and the Fight to Save Mount Vernon, 1855-1860,â€ explores how the Mount Vernon Ladies Association used Godeyâ€™s Ladyâ€™s Book and the Southern Literary Messenger during their drive to raise funds for the purchase and renovation of the Virginia home of the first president of the United States. She focused on editorials and letters to the editor that were used to disseminate political ideology.
Pribanic-Smithâ€™s paper also received honorable mention for the David Sloan Award for the top faculty paper. Both honors were awarded during the organizationâ€™s annual conference in New Orleans in September.