Anne Morgan, Truman history undergraduate major, has won the 2018 Pencak Award for her essay “The Philadelphia Riots of 1844: Republican Catholicism and Irish Catholic Apologetics.” Ms Morgan wrote the paper as a requirement of a spring 2018 class in American Religious History
The Pencak Award is given annually by the Pennsylvania Historical Association for best undergraduate research paper about Pennsylvania or mid-Atlantic history. The award includes a prize of $150 and an invitation to revise the essay for publication in the association’s journal Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies. Award recipients are also encouraged to attend the association’s fall conference to speak about their scholarship. Ms Morgan is the second recipient of the Pencak Award, named for Bill Pencak (1951–2013), former editor of Pennsylvania History and a much-loved Penn State University history professor.