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Nominees sought for Nebraska State Historical Society awards by June 30, 2016.

Who is making a difference in Nebraska history? The Nebraska State Historical Society (NSHS) is seeking nominations for its annual awards designed to recognize outstanding achievement in preserving, interpreting, and educating people about the history of the state. Awards will be presented at the NSHS annual meeting on October 14, 2016 in Lincoln. A committee of NSHS staff, board members, and volunteers will make the award selections.

Nominations must be received by June 30, 2016. Nomination forms may be downloaded at  (Word), (PDF). Completed forms may be emailed to or mailed to Lana Hatcher, Nebraska State Historical Society, PO Box 82554, Lincoln, NE 68501. To receive a hard copy form or if you have questions call 402-471-3272 or 800-833-6747. To see listings of previous award winners visit

The Addison E. Sheldon Memorial 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 Nebraska history or for an important one-time accomplishment. Former Society employees as well as to current and retired board members are eligible.

The Robert W. Furnas Memorial Award 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.

The James C. Olson Memorial Award is given annually, provided there is an appropriate candidate, 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 is 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.

Contact:  Lana Hatcher,  or phone 402-471-3272.

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