College of Arts & Sciences

UNCW’s Kenneth Shefsiek Receives the 2017 Annual Hendricks Award

Kenneth Shefsiek, assistant professor in UNCW’s Department of History, has received the 2017 Annual Hendricks Award for his book Set in Stone: Creating and Commemorating a Hudson Valley Culture. The New Netherland Institute gives the award to the best book or book-length manuscript examining New Netherland and the Dutch colonial experience in North America through 1776. The award includes prize money as well as an invitation to the Institute’s annual conference and annual meeting, where Shefsiek will discuss his research.

Set in Stone examines the village of New Paltz, New York, a community founded by French-speaking Walloon Protestants in a Dutch cultural region of an English colony. Shefsiek’s manuscript is one of the few scholarly studies that addresses rural Dutch culture in New York in the eighteenth century and is the only one that does so through a microhistorical approach.

“It is a great honor to have won the Hendricks Award, as it puts me in the company of the previous award winners whose scholarship made mine possible. It is also the culmination of over 15 years of research,” Shefsiek said. “Writing such a book is a long and arduous—and emotional—process, and it is such a joy that others appreciate the work.”

Shefsiek joined UNCW in 2012. His research interests include the intersection of social and cultural history in eighteenth-century North America; memory and commemoration; and the role of history museums in contemporary society. Shefsiek previously served as the Executive Director of the Geneva (NY) Historical Society and the Curator of Education for the Huguenot Historical Society.

--Gena Guthrie