Concordia Historical Institute (CHI) recently gave “Awards of Commendation” for 14 works published in 2009.
The awards for unique contributions to Lutheran literature or for personal service in the field of Lutheran archival and historical work were presented at CHI’s 35th Annual Awards Banquet, Nov. 11 on the campus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
With offices, archives and historical displays in its building on the seminary campus, CHI is the Synod’s Department of Archives and History. CHI’s museum is located at the Synod’s International Center in suburban St. Louis. The institute also operates the Saxon Lutheran Memorial in Perry County, Mo.
By category, the honorees for work in 2009 are:
- Major Publications — LCMS President Rev. Matthew C. Harrison of St. Louis for At Home in the House of My Fathers; Dr. David Zersen, of Austin, Texas, for Shores of Hope; Deaconess Cheryl D. Naumann of Oakmont, Pa., for In the Footsteps of Phoebe.
- Congregational History — Dr. Michael Lansing of Minneapolis, for The Faith of Our Forebears: 100 Years at Mount Olive Lutheran Church.
- Non-print Media — Timothy M. Ristow of Bastrop, Texas, for “Crossing Jordan,” covering the history and impact of Concordia University Texas, Austin.
- Family Histories — Diana Church of Plano, Texas, for Zion in the Fields; Patricia A. Truax of Wilmington, N.C., for The Lochner Family Chronicle: Annotated, Illustrated & Expanded.
- Journal Articles — Dr. Mark Braun of Milwaukee, for “‘He was a man and a Christian’: The Life and Work of John W.O. Brenner” (Parts 1 and 2), WELS Historical Institute Journal, Vol. 27, April 2009 and October 2009; and for “Theodore Graebner: Bellwether of Changes in the Missouri Synod,” Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly, Vol. 106, No. 3; Rev. Samuel P. Schuldheisz of Huntington Beach, Calif., for “Shepherd of Missouri: The Life and Theology of Friedrich Johann Pfotenhauer,” Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly, Vol. 82, No. 2 and 3; Dr. Kathryn F. Wood of Crozet, Va., for “Democracy and Doctrine,” Lutheran Forum, Vol. 43, No. 2; Rev. Richard Blythe of Brentwood, Mo., for “The Missouri Synod and the Changing Definitions of Fundamentalism,” Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly, Vol. 82, No. 1; Dr. J. Francis Watson of Whiting, N.J., and Dr. William E. Watson of Immaculata, Pa., for “Carl Krepper, American Pastor and Nazi Saboteur,” Lutheran Quarterly, Vol. XXIII, No. 4.
The institute is accepting nominations for recognition at next year’s awards ceremony. To download an awards nomination form, visit CHI’s website at http://chi.lcms.org. Nominations are due by March 1.
Posted Nov. 18, 2010