The award recognizes excellence in National Park Service historical efforts that make the NPS a leader in promoting public understanding of and engagement with American history. Please share with us exemplary projects that encourage civic dialogue in all areas of public history. Eligible submissions include park-based interpretive work (museum exhibits, waysides, digital and print media, public programming, etc.); regionally-oriented educational and preservation programs; National Register or NHL nominations, historic resource and special resource studies which have public outreach components, and national programs and projects designed to encourage public appreciation for the complexity and richness of the American past.
Selection will be made by the OAH Stanton‑Horton Award for Excellence in National Park Service History Committee. Please send nominations directly to each of the three committee members. Nominations must include 1) a 1,000 word description and overview of the project; 2) information documenting the extent of the project's public engagement, such as data about the numbers and demographics of the people who participated in onsite programs or may have visited online and engaged in the project beyond its physical presence; 3) the names of NPS employees associated with the project as well as their supervisors at the park or regional level; and 4) two letters of recommendation from individuals or groups familiar with the project but not associated with its planning or implementation.
The postmark/submission deadline for all nomination materials to be sent to award committee members is November 1, 2017. The committee will make its selection by February 2018, at which time the award recipient will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation. The award will be presented at the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, April 12–14.
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