INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is issuing a call for award nominations ahead of its annual Founders Day celebrations. The awards recognize deserving teachers, historians and organizations who bring awareness to and express appreciation for Indiana’s history on local, regional and statewide levels. New this year, an additional award will recognize an outstanding collaborative history-based project.
Nominations must be postmarked no later than Friday, July 13, 2018. The award nomination and instructions packet is available online at www.indianahistory.org/awards or by calling IHS at (317) 232-1888. The 2018 honorees will be recognized at the annual Founders Day Dinner on Monday, Nov. 5.
IHS seeks nominations for the following awards:
Caleb Mills Indiana History Teacher of the Year
IHS awards this honor to a U.S. or Indiana history teacher (4th through 12th grades) who is recognized by his or her colleagues as making a significant contribution to the understanding of these two fields.
Dorothy Riker Hoosier Historian Award
IHS awards this honor to a historian who has made distinguished contributions to the field of historical scholarship and/or the affairs and activities of IHS.
Eli Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award
IHS awards this honor to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions, over an extended period of time, to the field of history and/or the affairs and activities of IHS.
Hubert Hawkins History Award
IHS awards this honor to a local historian for distinguished service during his/her career in local history.
Willard C. Heiss Family History/Genealogy Award
IHS presents this award to a family historian for distinguished service/career in Indiana family history, including presentations such as articles in THG: Connections, use of materials and preservation.
Outstanding Historical Organization Award
IHS presents this award to a local or county historical society, organization or site in Indiana for remarkable public services and programs in its community.
Indiana History Outstanding Event or Project Award
IHS presents this award to an organization for an exceptional educational event or history project implemented during the past year, either one-time or ongoing, which relates to that organization’s mission. Examples include reenactments, publications, innovative media usage, exceptional teacher training, and displays or exhibitions.
NEW! Outstanding Collaborative Project Award
New this year, IHS will recognize an exceptional project, implemented during the past year, by a historical/heritage organization and one or more partners. Projects must be history-based, either one-time or ongoing. Special consideration will be given to projects that share county or regional history.
About the Indiana Historical Society
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programs. IHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.