Award For Excellence in Public History

Thought I would take the opportunity to share this announcement given that the deadline is fast approaching. This is an award that I am chairing so do me a favor and please pass it along. Of course, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.

The Society of Civil War Historians solicits nominations for the $5000 Award for Excellence in Public History. The award recognizes an outstanding public history project completed and made available to the public in 2012 or 2013 that enhances public awareness and understanding of the Civil War era, including the events leading to the war and its direct consequences. Eligible projects include:

*public exhibitions
*media productions (including internet-based projects)
*public programs, events, and tourism initiatives
*preservation projects that include the interpretation of objects, documents, structures, or landscapes

Non-fiction and fiction books and other print publications are not eligible for the award.

Nominations may be submitted by private non-profit organizations, government agencies, private for-profit organizations, or individuals including museums, historic sites, historical parks, historic preservation groups and historical associations. A nominated work must have been in place during the year prior to the date of the award and must be a stand-alone project. Although it may be located within a larger endeavor, it should be a discrete portion of that project, for example, one phase of a three-year museum exhibition or a specific section of an original website that will continue to expand.

Nominations and supporting materials should speak to the project’s

* creativity
* quality of the research and interpretation
* contributions to our understanding of the Civil War era

Nominations must be received no later than January 31, 2014.

Nomination packages must be sent to each member of the jury and must include:

Project narrative (no more than two pages)
One page description of the organization responsible for the nominated project
DVD, CD, or other appropriate electronic media presenting project content
Two letters of support from individuals not affiliated with the organization
Published material, where appropriate (flyers, pamphlets, etc.)
Evaluative materials (including, but not limited to, published reviews, granting agency evaluations, public comments, etc.)

Nomination packages should be sent to each of the members of the jury:

1. Kevin Levin, chair,, Gann Academy, 333 Forest St., Waltham, MA 02452

2. Antoinette van Zelm,, Center for Historic Preservation, MTSU Box 80, 1301 East Main St., Murfreesboro, TN 37132

3. Garry Adelman,, Civil War Trust, 1156 15th Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, D.C. 20005

The Award will be presented at the SCWH conference in Baltimore, Maryland, June 12-14, 2014.

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