Posted by: wadahp | November 10, 2009


Washington State Historical Society
Annual Awards
Submission deadline: January 28, 2010
The Washington State Historical Society invites nominations for its annual awards recognizing excellence in advancing the field of history in the state of Washington through writing, teaching, historic projects, understanding cultural diversity and voluntarism. Help honor those who work to advance the Society’s mission “to make the study of history in Washington illuminating and inspiring” by nominating candidates for the following 2009 awards: David Douglas Award, Governor’s Award for Teaching History in Washington State, Peace and Friendship Awards, and the Robert Gray Medal. Awards are presented each year at the Society’s annual meeting on June 19, 2010. 

Nomination Instructions:

  • All nominations must be submitted electronically; supporting materials as noted below should be submitted by regular mail to: WSHS Awards, 211 – 21st Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98501
  • Multiple nominations are welcome, but separate letters for each nomination are required.
  • For each award, email a separate, one-page letter of nomination detailing the individual or organization’s contributions and achievements during 2009 related to the specific award (Robert Gray Medal nominations should detail lifetime contributions and may be up to two pages long).
  • To each letter of nomination, attach on a separate page a two-paragraph summary of the nominee and reasons for winning that may be read at the awards presentation.
  • Each nomination may include no more than [3] letters of support, which must follow the format outlined here and must be submitted electronically by the deadline.
  • For each nomination and letter of support, include the name, organizational affiliation if appropriate, address, phone number and email of both the nominator and nominee.
  • You may include supporting material with your nomination where appropriate; for example, copies of a DVD being nominated for an award. These materials must be sent to the Awards office via regular mail, and 16 copies of each piece must be included. Please note that book nominations are not accepted.
  • Nomination letters and supporting documentation must be received no later than January 28, 2010.
David Douglas Award – Recognizes the significant contribution of an individual or an organization through projects, exhibits, educational products or any other vehicle that informs or expands our appreciation of any field of Washington State history during the previous year. No book nominations permitted. The winner receives a framed certificate and David Douglas pin.

Robert Gray Medal – The highest award bestowed by the Washington State Historical Society, the Robert Gray Medal recognizes distinguished and long-term contributions to Pacific Northwest history through demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas: teaching, writing, research, historic preservation, and service to local historical societies. The winner receives a framed Robert Gray Medal with certificate.

 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching History – Presented to an outstanding certified teacher of Pacific Northwest history in an accredited K-12 school in Washington or to a nonprofit organization. The awards committee welcomes nominations of persons who demonstrate effective teaching by any measure of excellence. This may include, but is not limited to the use and development and an innovative curriculum, consistent effectiveness in utilizing Pacific Northwest history in either the classroom or the community over an extended period of time, the advancement of Pacific Northwest history as a field of academic inquiry, a lasting impact on students, the use or development of innovative technology, and the encouragement of Pacific Northwest themes in History Day presentations. The award includes $750 and a Gold Star of recognition.

 Peace and Friendship Awards – Presented to a Native American and a second individual, each of whom have advanced public understanding of the cultural diversity of the peoples of Washington State. Winners receive a framed President Jefferson Peace and Friendship Medal with certificate. If nominating for both awards, submit separate nomination materials.


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