Named in honor of Larry Rowen Remele, former editor of North Dakota History, the award is presented each year to an individual who has made significant contributions in outstanding scholarship and contributions to the conference. Remele worked diligently to promote and enhance the conference until his untimely death in 1988.
Hilderbrand is a longtime member of the governing council of the conference serving as host of three previous Northern Great Plains History Conferences in Sioux Falls, including most recently in 2006.
A specialist in 20th century U.S. political and diplomatic history, Hilderbrand's publications include Power and the People: Executive Management of Public Opinion in Foreign Affairs, 1897-1921 (1981); The Complete Press Conferences of Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921 (1985); and Dumbarton Oaks: The Origins of the United Nations and the Search for Postwar Security (1990).
His current research interests include the Johnson Administration and the Vietnam War. A member of the USD faculty for 30 years, Hilderbrand holds his degrees from the University of Iowa, including his Ph.D. that was awarded in 1977.