Hognander Minnesota History Award Nomination

The biennial Hognander Minnesota History Award recognizes the most outstanding scholarly work related to Minnesota history published during the preceding two years. The award, funded by the Hognander Family Foundation, is presented every two years.


This award stems from the Hognander family’s belief in the importance of studying and preserving history. As Joe Hognander notes, “We established this award because of our relationship with the Minnesota Historical Society. Its commitment to excellence is noteworthy in promoting scholarly research and writing. We hope this award will inspire more activity by recognizing and rewarding the finest work in the field.”

The Minnesota Book Awards is able to host this award through the generous support of the Hognander Family Foundation. Judging criteria include quality and originality of scholarship, accuracy and clarity, and the book’s contribution to the field of Minnesota history.

Eligibility Requirements

The following are eligible:

  • Books of new scholarship about Minnesota history by an author or author team (must have bibliography and/or footnotes/endnotes)
  • Books published in 2016 or 2017
  • Works of oral history, if context is provided
  • Biographies of non-living subjects

The following are not eligible:

  • Anthologies containing work written by multiple authors
  • Pictorial narratives, guide books, and encyclopedic compendia
  • Books originally written in a language other than English
  • Reprints of books published in a previous award year
  • Autobiographies and memoirs

NOTE: Authors do not have to be Minnesota residents to be considered for this award. A book is eligible even if that same book has been nominated for and/or won another Minnesota Book Award.

Evaluation Criteria

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Quality of scholarship
  • Factual accuracy and clarity of expression
  • Original thinking
  • Significance of the topic and overall contribution to the knowledge of Minnesota history

Nomination Process

Nominations may be submitted by the book’s author, publisher or agent. Nomination materials may be emailed, mailed, or shared via Dropbox, as appropriate. Materials may also be delivered in person between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Complete one nomination form for each submitted title.
  • Complete a nomination narrative of no more than 500 words. (Summarize the publication, describe its impact on the field of state and local history, identify intended audiences, and describe how they were reached.)
  • Submit one letter of critical review from an unbiased reviewer. (The letter should address the entry’s scholarship of work, quality of sources, and contribution to its field of state and local history.)
  • Submit two (2) non-returnable copies of the book with the nomination. These books become the property of the Minnesota Book Awards and will be donated to Minnesota public libraries following the judging process.
  • Nomination form, narrative, letter of critical review, and two book copies must be received at The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library’s office by the nomination deadline: November 17, 2017.