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The Nebraska State Historical Society is seeking nominations for its annual awards recognizing outstanding achievement in preserving, interpreting, and making available the history of the state. Awards will be presented at the Nebraska State Historical Society's Annual Meeting on October 14, 2011 at the Holiday Inn Downtown, Lincoln, Nebraska.


Six awards are given in the name of the Nebraska State Historical Society


THE JAMES L. SELLERS MEMORIAL AWARD (pdf) was created in 1967. The award is given each year for the "best article" published in a volume of Nebraska History. A plaque and $1,000 from the NSHS Foundation, through the support of Catherine Sellers Angle are part of the award. Judges are provided by a Nebraska college or university history department that is not represented by an article in the judging pool. The judges are solicited by the editor of Nebraska History. Articles are evaluated on use of primary sources, quality of research and writing, and reader interest. NSHS staff and members of the NSHS Board of Trustees are eligible to receive the Sellers Award and have received it.

THE ADDISON E. SHELDON MEMORIAL AWARD (pdf) was created in 1973. The award is given annually to an individual or organization for "outstanding contributions to the preservation and interpretation in the field of Nebraska History." Individuals or organizations may qualify for the Sheldon Award for long-term contributions to history or for an important one-time accomplishment. A committee drawn from the current NSHS Board of Trustees, the NSHS Emeritus Trustees, and the NSHS staff nominates/selects the recipient. Nominations may be solicited from staff, the membership, and the general public. The award consists of a plaque and a lifetime membership in the Nebraska State Historical Society.

THE ASA T. HILL MEMORIAL AWARD (pdf) was created by the NSHS Foundation in 1975 "to recognize an individual or organization for an outstanding research project or interpretation of an archeological site or sites in the field of Great Plains archeology." Consideration is given to publications, exhibits, or on-site interpretations. The award provides a plaque, a lifetime membership with the Nebraska State Historical Society, and a cash prize of $300, which comes from the NSHS Foundation miscellaneous operating fund. There is no requirement that the award be presented annually. Past recipients of the Hill award, have been professional and amateur archeologists. The Director/CEO of the NSHS and the State Archaeologist jointly nominate/select the recipient.

THE NEBRASKA PRESERVATION AWARD (pdf) was created in 1988 to recognize significant achievements in historic preservation in Nebraska by an individual or organization. The award is given for one of two categories: "brick and mortar projects" or "individual or group achievements." The Director/CEO (state historic preservation officer), along with the State Historic Preservation Office staff and the State Historic Preservation Advisory Board, nominate/select the recipient. The award consists of a plaque and a lifetime membership in the Nebraska State Historical Society.

THE ROBERT W. FURNAS MEMORIAL AWARD (pdf), created in 1991, recognizes "outstanding contributions or assistance to the Nebraska State Historical Society," in the form of either long-term service or a significant one-time contribution by an individual or organization. A committee drawn from the current NSHS Board of Trustees, the Emeritus Trustees, and the NSHS staff nominates/selects the recipient. The award consists of a plaque and a lifetime membership with the Nebraska State Historical Society.

THE JAMES C. OLSON MEMORIAL AWARD (pdf) will be presented for the first time in 2007. The award is to be given annually provided there is an appropriate candidate, would go to a Nebraska teacher who epitomizes the best Nebraska educators have to offer in engaging, inspiring, and guiding their students to discover, enjoy, and learn from the fascinating and important histories we share. The award consisting of a plaque and a lifetime membership with the Nebraska State Historical Society, would be limited to K-12 teachers who encourage and support their students in endeavors such as History Day, who use documents, oral history, or place in classroom projects, or who employ other imaginative or innovative methods to make Nebraska history come alive for their students. A committee drawn from the current NSHS Board of Trustees, the NSHS Emeritus Trustees, and the NSHS staff nominates/selects the recipient. This annual award is in the form of a plaque.

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