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Awards to Washington State nonprofit organizations or individuals to recognize outstanding professional achievement in the area of the State's history. Nominations are intended to acknowledge the contributions of exceptional educators who have advanced the field of history in the state through writing, teaching, historic projects, and understanding cultural diversity.
The following awards are offered:
- 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.
- David Douglas Award: Recognizes the significant contribution of an individual or an organization through projects, exhibits, digital presentations, or programs such as apps, websites or blogs, educational products or any other vehicle that informs or expands appreciation of any field of Washington State history during the previous year. No book nominations are permitted.
- 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. Nominations are welcome for persons who demonstrate excellent teaching, including the use and development of 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.
- Peace and Friendship Awards: Presented to one Native American and one non-Native individual who has advanced public understanding of the cultural diversity of the peoples of Washington State.
- Charles Gates Memorial Award: Recognizes the most significant achievement among all articles published in Pacific Northwest Quarterly during the previous year.
- John McClelland, Jr. Award: Presented for the best article in a particular volume of Columbia Magazine. The winning article exhibits the readability and interest that typifies Columbia.
- Lorraine Wojahn Award: Given to a person who has provided outstanding volunteer service to the Washington State Historical Society or the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma.
Estimated Size of Grant:
Download the nomination form and send as a Word or PDF attachment to:
MaryMikel Stump, Director of Audience Engagement
If digital formats are not available for supporting materials, 10 copies of each item should be sent via mail to the Awards Coordinator indicating the name of the nominee:
Washington State Historical Society
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402