Call for Nominations: Society for History in the Federal Government's 2019 John Wesley Powell Prize (Historical Display Projects)

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November 16, 2018
United States
Subject Fields: 
Historic Preservation, Public History, American History / Studies, Government and Public Service

The Society for History in the Federal Government's John Wesley Powell Prize for Historic Preservation and Historical Display annually honors distinction by an individual or principal collaborators for a single historical display/interpretation project, or historic preservation project completed in the last two years. The award is given for any form of interpretive historical presentation including, but not limited to, museum exhibits, interpretive media products, or programs; or to any project involving the preservation of records, artifacts, buildings, historical sites, and other historical entities. The prize rotates annually between projects of historical display/interpretation (awarded in odd years) and those of historic preservation (awarded in even years). The deadline for the current call for historical display projects is November 16, 2018.

The Powell Prize commemorates the explorer and federal administrator whose work demonstrated early recognition of the importance of historic preservation and historical display.

Eligibility: The prize will be conferred on a project created by any agency or unit of the federal government. Nongovernmental organizations, including federal contractors, who performed eligible activities on behalf of a unit of the federal government will also be considered. Projects may be renominated, as long as the renomination includes a description of any updates since the original nomination.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, the following:

Historical Display/Interpretation (odd years)

• Exhibits – in museums, cultural centers, and other public venues;

• Public Interpretive Programs – lecture series, walking tours, oral history projects, outreach activities, educational offerings, workshops, etc.;

• Major Initiatives – anniversary projects, agency initiatives, commemorative projects

Go to the website for additional information and directions for submittal.

Contact Info: 

Virginia Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 503-625-4377

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