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The Department of History congratulates Professor Joshua Reid on being awarded four major prizes for his book The Sea Is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs. These awards include the John C. Ewers Award for the Best Book in North American Indian ethnohistory, the Sally and Ken Owens Award given biennially for the best book on the history of the Pacific West, the John W. Caughey Book Prize given annually for the most distinguished book on the history of the American West and the Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin prize from the American Society of Ethnohistory for the best book-length contribution to the field of ethnohistory. Professor Reid’s excellent book also received Honorable Mentions for the Frederick Jackson Turner Award and the John Lyman Book Award in U.S. Maritime History.

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Anne Melton graduated from UW in 2006 with a BA in History and a minor in Public Health and Community Medicine. She returned to UW a few years later to earn her MA in Museology in 2012, and is currently the Membership Manager at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. We caught up with her to ask her a bit about her career path and the role History has played in her life.

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