American Journalism Historians Association has awarded a UT Arlington assistant
communication professor national honors for her research into how women used 19th
century magazines to rally support for the preservation of George Washington’s
Pribanic-Smith researches political communication in print media in the 19th- and 20th-century American South.
Pribanic-Smith was recognized with the 2013 Maurine Beasley Award for
Outstanding Paper in Women’s History. She researches political communication in
print media in the 19th- and 20th-century American South.
paper, “For the Fame Which May Be Forgotten: Two Magazines and the Fight to
Save Mount Vernon, 1855-1860,” explores how the Mount Vernon Ladies Association
used Godey’s Lady’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.
was a complicated task because the association not only needed to raise
awareness about the cause and convince people to donate at a time when many
were experiencing financial hardship, but they also had to combat public
sentiment that meddling in public affairs was inappropriate for women,” said
Pribanic-Smith, who joined the University in 2010.
added: “Although a number of historians have written about the Mount Vernon
movement, this research was the first that examined the magazines’ role, and it
discovered that much of the accepted history about when and how the MVLA
organized is incorrect.”
Mount Vernon Ladies Association is the oldest national historic preservation
organization in the United States. Its efforts led to the new George Washington Presidential Library, which opened last year on a 15-acre parcel
across the street from Mount Vernon’s main entrance.
Wright, dean of the UT Arlington College of Liberal Arts, said Pribanic-Smith’s award builds on
research excellence emanating from the UT Arlington Department of
Communication. She noted that Pribanic-Smith also published work this year in American Journalism and Journalism History, the premier academic
journals in the journalism history field.
American Journalism Historians Association said the task of selecting winners
was particularly difficult this year. “We had a record amount of paper
submissions this year – 77, up from 69 last year – so the competition for
awards was tougher than ever,” said Linda Lumsden, research chair of the AJHA.
paper also received honorable mention for the David Sloan Award for the top
faculty paper. Both honors were awarded during the organization’s annual
conference in New Orleans in September.
said she is honored that her peers think so highly of her work.
am also grateful to The University of Texas at Arlington, the College of
Liberal Arts and the Department of Communication for the support I have
received that has enabled me to blossom as a scholar of journalism history,”
she said. “I am fortunate to be a part of an institution that is so supportive
of its faculty.”
About the American Journalism
Founded in 1981, the
American Journalism Historians Association seeks to advance education and
research in mass communication history. Members work to raise historical
standards and ensure that all scholars and students recognize the vast
importance of media history and apply this knowledge to the advancement of society.
Visit www.ajhaonline.org to learn more.
About The University of Texas at Arlington
University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of
more than 33,300 students and more than 2,200 faculty members in the heart of
North Texas. It is the second largest institution in The University of Texas
System. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.