Essay Contest: US Treasury Inaugurates 1500 Penn Prize

From Alexander Hamilton to the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the United States Treasury has faced wars, panics, and a rapidly changing American and global economy. To promote and preserve the history of this institution, the Treasury Historical Association (THA) invites essay submissions for the inaugural 1500 Penn Prize.
     Named in honor of the location of the Treasury’s historic main building, the prize seeks to reward outstanding scholarship on the history and significance of the Treasury to American history—broadly conceived. The THA welcomes scholarly essays that cover any period of American history, as well as any aspect of the Treasury’s past, including studies of policies, politics, architecture, people, and culture. Essays will be judged by a panel of historians and Treasury experts.
     The winner of this contest will receive a $250 honorarium as well as an invitation to speak at the THA’s Noontime Lecture Series. The THA will cover travel costs to Washington, DC, up to $750. Submissions must be double-spaced, 12-point font, and no more than 12,000 words including footnotes. Submissions should include a current CV and a cover page that includes the author's contact information and affiliation. The deadline is January 31, 2018. The winner will be announced in April 2018.
     Essay submissions should be sent via email as a PDF attachment to Michael Caires at For questions on the 1500 Penn Prize or the THA Noontime Lecture Series, please contact Michael Caires; for more information on the Treasury Historical Association, visit