student wins Pennsylvania Historical Association award
Shippensburg University senior Frank Grumbine is
the 2017 recipient of the William Pencak Prize. The
award, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical Association, recognizes excellence
in undergraduate research and writing about
Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic history. It is
named in honor of the late William Pencak former editor of Pennsylvania History
and Penn State University professor.
According to Dr. Steven Burg, professor of history
and department chair, Grumbine’s paper tells a fascinating account of Hurricane
Agnes and the storm’s impact on Central Pennsylvania. The paper demonstrates the
storm was not merely a natural disaster, but a watershed event in state and national flood management policy.
“He spent countless hours researching through
original papers and documents at the Pennsylvania State Archives and the State
Library of Pennsylvania. This was more than a great paper—it was an important
piece of original historical and policy scholarship,” Burg said.
The award consists of a
certificate, cash award of $150
and the publication of Grumbine’s paper in Pennsylvania History: A Journal of
Mid-Atlantic Studies. Grumbine also will be invited to speak at the upcoming
“Winning the Pencak award symbolizes many years
of doubt and determination, defeat and success, and finally confirms that my
goals are never out of reach,” Grumbine said.
Grumbine also presented his paper as part of
Ship’s “Diggin’ History!” series.