In the spring of each year, the Society makes awards to high school graduates who have demonstrated excellence in the study of history. Nominations for these awards have been made by principals, social studies APs, and teachers at 96 public, private, and parochial schools throughout Brooklyn. Over 1,780 award recipients have been honored by the Society.

Honorees have demonstrated excellence in their schools in the study of history. They need not be the most outstanding history students in their schools: educators at schools that already make awards for excellence in the study of history are welcome to nominate students who would not otherwise receive an award. Alternatively, the New England Society award may be used to supplement other awards – especially where such awards do not provide a physical object (such as a book) for the student to keep. Our history prize is intended for presentation by the school in conjunction with the conferring of other awards – either at graduation or at an awards ceremony.

The Society’s award consists of a book, inside the front cover of which is a bookplate naming the award and the award recipient, as shown here:

History Award Bookplate

Past Books Awarded

  • Allen, Charles. God’s Terrorists: The Wahhabi Cult and the Hidden Roots of Modern Jihad (N.Y.: Da Capo 2006)
  • Branch, Taylor. Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65 (N.Y.: Simon and Schuster, 1998)
  • Bromell, Nick. Tomorrow Never Knows: Rock and Psychedelics in the 1960s (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000)
  • Chernow, Ron. Alexander Hamilton (N.Y.: Penguin Press, 2004)
  • Ellis, Joseph. His Excellency, George Washington (N.Y.: Knopf, 2004)
  • Everdell, William R. The First Moderns: Profiles in the Origins of Twentieth Century Thought (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997)
  • Haywood, John. Historical Atlas of the Medieval World  (N.Y.: Barnes & Noble, 1998)
  • Hochschild, Adam. Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empires Slaves (N.Y.: Houghton Mifflin, 2005)
  • Hunter, Douglas. Half-Moon: Henry Hudson and the Voyage that Redrew the Map of the New World (N.Y.: Bloomsbury Press, 2009)
  • Kershaw, Ian. Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions that Changed the World, 1940-1941 (N.Y.: Penguin Press, 2007)
  • Ketchum, Richard M. Divided Loyalties: How the American Revolution Came to New York (N.Y.: Holt, 2002)
  • Marozzi, Justin. Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World (N.Y.: Da Capo, 2004)
  • Oakes, James. The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics (N.Y.: Norton, 2007)
  • Roberts, J. M. The Twentieth Century: History of the World, 1901-2000 (N.Y.: Viking, Press, 2001)
  • Zimmerman, Warren. The First Great Triumph: How Five Americans Made Their Country a World Power (N.Y.: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002)

— View the complete list of previous History Award recipients —