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  • 7 Jul 2018 12:00 PM | HSEC Director of Operations (Administrator)

    The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church is pleased to announce its 2018 grant awards. Applications received were reviewed by a committee, with recipients determined by the Board of Directors at their meeting in June at Virginia Theological Seminary. $13,000 in grants were awarded. The Rev. Dr. Robert Tobin, Chair of the Grants Committee, announced recipients from the applications received. Grants support scholars in significant research and publications related to the history of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. Recipients are encouraged to publish, when appropriate, in Anglican and Episcopal History, the quarterly academic journal of the Society.

    • Pusey House Library, Oxford, England — towards the electronic cataloguing of its collection, specifically those volumes about the history of the Episcopal Church and the Church of England in the eighteenth century.
    • Chrissy Yee Lau, Assistant Professor in Humanities at Texas A&M University — Corpus Christi, to undertake two research trips and present at the 2019 Tri-History Conference, as part of her work on the role of the Japanese Episcopal Mission in Los Angeles during the 1920s.
    • Russell M. Lawson, Professor of History at Bacone College, Muskogee, Oklahoma — to pursue research at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston as part of a project investigating the intellectual relationship between C17 scientist Robert Boyle and New England cleric John Eliot.
    • John E. Magerus, Archivist of the James DeKoven Center in Racine, Wisconsin — to investigate primary material about the family and early life of James DeKoven at archives in Connecticut, as part of a projected biography.
    • The Episcopal Center for Children, Washington, DC — towards organizing, cataloguing, and digitizing its archives. This project is undertaken as part of the Center’s 125th anniversary celebrations coming up in 2019.
    • John Saillant, Professor of English and History at Western Michigan University at Kalamazoo, Michigan — to pursue research into African-American Episcopalianism in Rhode Island at the Rhode Island Historical Society in Providence.
  • 16 Jun 2018 8:00 PM | HSEC Director of Operations (Administrator)

    Emilie AmtThe Historical Society of the Episcopal Church is pleased to announce its recipient of the 2018 Nelson R. Burr Prize, Dr. Emilie Amt. Emilie is Hildegarde Pilgram Professor of History at Hood College, Frederick, Maryland. She earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a D.Phil from Oxford University.

    She is honored for her article entitled “Down from the Balcony: African Americans and Episcopal Congregations in Washington County, Maryland, 1800-1864” published in the March 2017 issue of Anglican and Episcopal History.

    While her professional focus specializes in the experience of religious women and in 12th- and 13th-century English government, finance and war, for the last eight years she has been researching slavery in western Maryland. This work grew out of a desire at her church, St. Mark Episcopal Church-Lappans in Boonsboro, Maryland, to know more about the enslaved people who attended when it was built in 1849. Her work has also contributed to the Truth & Reconciliation project and Trail of Souls Pilgrimage in the Diocese of Maryland. Her most recent book is The Latin Cartulary of Godstow Abbey, published by Oxford University Press for the British Academy in 2014.

    The Burr prize honors the renowned scholar Nelson R. Burr, whose two-volume A Critical Bibliography of Religion in America (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1961) and other works constitute landmarks in the field of religious historiography. Each year a committee of the Society selects the author of the most outstanding article in the Society's journal, Anglican and Episcopal History, as recipient. The award also honors that which best exemplifies excellence and innovative scholarship in the field of Anglican and Episcopal history.

    Those interested in obtaining a copy of the article may contact Matthew. P. Payne, Director of Operations of the Society at or (920) 383-1910.

  • 27 Jan 2018 12:00 PM | HSEC Director of Operations (Administrator)

    Anglican and Episcopal History will launch a digital edition in 2018. This quarterly journal of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church has been published since 1932. AEH seeks to raise the level of discussion, provide a forum for exchange of ideas, and review books of real worth and of interest to educated Anglicans. Originally published as The Historical Magazine of the Episcopal Church (1932-1986), AEH is composed under the direction of and Editor-in-Chief with Book Review Editor and Church Review Editor providing content in each issue.

    The digital edition of AEH will be produced and managed by Sheridan Digital Editions using both the conventional way to convert print publication PDFs into digital counterparts and going a step further with feature-rich HTML5 viewing for desktop or mobile device. Sheridan’s Digital Editions are mobile device compatible with full navigation. Sheridan also produces the print edition of AEH and many of the world’s most prestigious and highly cited STM and Scholarly journals. They have been a part of the movement with an array of solutions for the content continuum, from print to online.

    Initially, the digital edition will be an add-on benefit for Society members who continue receiving the print edition. Members will be given the opportunity to stop the print edition during this transition period. The Society's membership model will change in 2019. Members will pay dues and may select a delivery option of print OR digital, print AND digital, or not receiving AEH in any form. The option of non-member digital and/or print delivery will also become available.

    Those currently subscribed to AEH through a subscription service will continue receiving the print edition with the digital option becoming available at the next renewal cycle.

    The Board of Directors of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church have considered these options for the past few years. With service available through Sheridan, no additional time or effort is necessary from the editors in producing an issue. Many members have been requesting digital delivery as more and more people shift to non-print sources. Our goal is to provide the content in the way it will be most effective for our members and subscribers.

    Any questions about the change may be directed to the Director of Operations, Matthew P. Payne at

  • 12 Jan 2018 12:00 PM | HSEC Director of Operations (Administrator)

    The Rev. Dr. Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook, Book Review Editor of Anglican and Episcopal History, seeks individuals willing to write book reviews for the journal. Book Reviewers are volunteers who contribute their time and expertise for the encouragement of research, writing and education on all levels that keeps alive the Church's heritage. Assignments are determined by the Book Review Editor. If you have interest in serving as a reviewer, please complete the form at

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