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Historian Jon Kukla ’70 named finalist for 2018 George Washington Prize

  • Jon Kukla '70
    Jon Kukla '70


John Shearer

March 04, 2018

Jon Kukla ’70 has joined the ranks of seven historians and writers who are finalists to the 2018 George Washington Prize for his book “Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty.” The George Washington Prize is awarded annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and Washington College to authors of books published in the previous year based on the nation’s founding era. The winner will be announced May 23. While great value is associated with the generous prize, Kukla finds even greater value in the recognition of his work.

Kukla’s story begins at Carthage “in a corner seminar room overlooking Lake Michigan on the third floor of what is now Lentz Hall.” It was here that he discovered “a fascination of colonial America and the Revolution,” and where he was first introduced to Patrick Henry. Kukla views history as a discipline that does not garner overnight success but comes from thorough research and experience within the field. He continues to seek knowledge through his next book and feels that his “best work is yet to come.”

Congratulations, Jon! We wish you the best of luck as a finalist and in your future pursuit of knowledge of our nation’s history and beyond.

Read the official announcement from Washington College