The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is seeking nominations for eight annual awards given out at the Founders Day Dinner each year. With these awards, IHS recognizes outstanding individuals whose efforts have enriched the lives of others by conveying awareness and appreciation of Indiana’s history on local, regional and statewide levels.
IHS is looking for nominations for the following awards:
Hubert Hawkins History Award is made annually to a local historian for his or her distinguished service and career in local history.
Willard C. Heiss Family History/Genealogy Award is awarded to a family historian for his or her distinguished service and career in Indiana family history, helping genealogists discover connections between themselves and their ancestors through source material, family records and well-documented stories.
Eli Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the field of history and/or the affairs of IHS over an extended period of time.
Caleb Mills Indiana History Teacher of the Year is awarded to a teacher (grades 4 through 12) currently teaching American or Indiana history and recognized by his or her colleagues as making a significant contribution to the understanding of these two fields by his or her students.
Dorothy Riker Hoosier Historian Award recognizes a historian who has made distinguished contributions to a) the field of historical scholarship, including presentation, use of materials and preservation, or b) the affairs and activities of IHS.
Indiana History Outstanding Organization Event or Project Award recognizes 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.
Outstanding Collaborative Project recognizes an exceptional project by a historical or heritage organization with one or more partners implemented during the past year.
Outstanding Historical Organization Award is presented to a local or county historical society, organization or site in Indiana which has demonstrated remarkable service to and programs for its community, and has demonstrated excellent application of professional standards and best practices.
Nominations are due by July 9, 2021. Award winners will be honored at IHS’s annual Founders Day Program and Awards Ceremony, a virtual program that will be streamed on IHS’s Facebook page on Nov. 1, 2021.
For a look at last year’s Founders Day Virtual Awards Ceremony, please check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdX1BzWpzyQ.