Call for Nominations: Society for History in the Federal Government 2018 John Wesley Powell Prize (Historic Preservation Project)

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November 30, 2017
United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Government and Public Service, Historic Preservation, Public History

The Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG) is seeking nominations for the Powell Prize, which commemorates the explorer and federal administrator whose work demonstrated early recognition of the importance of historic preservation and historical display.

The John Wesley Powell Prize alternates annually in recognizing excellence in the fields of historic preservation and historical displays. In 2018, the prize will be awarded to either an individual or to principal collaborators for a single major historic preservation project completed in 2016 or 2017. The award for historic preservation is given for achievement in preservation of records, artifacts, buildings, historical sites, and other historical entities. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2018 at the annual meeting of the SHFG.

Eligible Entrants

  • Any agency or unit of the federal government
  • Nongovernmental organizations, including federal contractors, for eligible activities on behalf of a unit of the federal government
  • Members of the Society for History in the Federal Government

Criteria for Evaluation

  • Exemplary practices that serve as models for future federal activity
  • Significant value in furthering history in and of the federal government
  • A high level of technical expertise in the field of historic preservation
  • Excellence and thoroughness of historical research
  • Appropriate application of historical research to historic preservation
  • Innovative strategies or techniques
  • Successful application of appropriate preservation standards, such as the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties or other appropriate standards.

Submission Requirements

The award is made solely on the basis of the materials submitted to the Powell Prize Committee. All nominations must be submitted in electronic format, using MS Word or PDF format that can be viewed on standard equipment.  Supplemental hard copies are acceptable.  Applications may be submitted via CD/DVD or thumb drive.  All submissions must include the following information:

  • Name of the nominated project or activity
  • Project contact person(s) name, address, telephone number, and e-mail
  • Name of the nominator, if different from the contact person, and the nominator's address, telephone number, and e-mail
  • A description of the project or activity, including discussion of its scope and purpose and the names of any co-sponsors (one thousand words or less)
  • A discussion of how the project addresses the evaluation criteria.
  • Supporting visual materials of key aspects of the activity or project, appropriately labeled. These materials may include:
    1. CDs, DVDs
    2. Photographs (digital or supplemental hard copies);
    3. Other media such as plans, elevations, brochures, or news clips.
  • All submitted material becomes the property of SHFG.

Submission of Entries and Deadline

Please send a complete copy of each nomination to each of the committee members below postmarked no later than November 30, 2017.  Materials should be mailed via FedEX or similar courier so that submissions can be tracked by the sender and recipient if necessary.  Applicants may email questions to committee members but must not email application materials. See the website for further information on awards presented by the Society for History in the Federal Government.

Contact Info: 

1. Liz Petrella, National Park Service, Technical Preservation Services, 1849 C Street, NW, Room 7243, Washington, DC 20240, or

2. Lou Ann Speulda-Drews, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1340 Financial Blvd, Suite 234, Reno, NV 89502 or

3. Virginia Parks, Cultural Resources Team, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 20555 SW Gerda Lane, Sherwood, OR 97140 or

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