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Outstanding Public History Project Award

Award to a USA Nonprofit, For-Profit, or Individual
for an Oustanding History Exhibit or Media Project

GrantWatch ID#: 163017
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

National Council on Public History (NCPH)

12/01/16 Receipt

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Award of $1,000 to a USA nonprofit, for-profit, group, or individual to recognize an exceptional media project or exhibit that enhances the public’s understanding of history. Consideration will be given to media projects, exhibits, written works, and public programming from the past two calendar years. Nominations will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

-The creativity and/or innovativeness of the approach
-The quality of historical research and interpretation resulting from the use of material culture
-Oral history, or any other appropriate form of documentary evidence
-The social, civic, and/or intellectual impact of the project
-The professionalism of the history practitioner(s) involved

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

1) Media – web pages, web-based video, audio, blogs, documentaries, and films (DVD, etc.)

2) Exhibits – in museums, cultural centers, and other public venues

3) Public Programs – lecture series, walking tours, oral history projects, outreach activity, educational offerings, workshops, etc.

4) Written Works – research, reports, brochures, working papers, etc. or historical fiction (including books), that contribute to larger public history efforts to broaden public history understanding.

The annual Outstanding Public History Project Award consists of a $1,000 cash prize and a certificate presented at the NCPH Annual Meeting (in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2017). Award winners also receive complimentary registration for the awards breakfast.


Individuals or organizational entities responsible for the project may nominate themselves, be nominated by others familiar with the project, or be nominated by the award selection committee itself.

Projects must have been completed within the previous two calendar years (2015 and 2016).

Please note that non-fiction books and journal articles are not eligible for this award.

Send a cover sheet and a copy of all materials to each of the Public History Project Award Committee members and one to the NCPH executive office.

Nominations must be received (not postmarked) by December 1, 2016.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Public History Project Award Committee:

Rebekah Dobrasko, Chair
Texas Department of Transportation
1806 River Crossing Cir., Apt C
Austin, TX 78741

Robert Townsend
American Academy of Arts & Sciences
8019 Sky Blue Drive
Alexandria, VA 22315-5021

Andrea Burns
Appalachian State University
1824 Old US Hwy 421
Vilas, NC 28692

Erin Bernard
Philadelphia History Truck
1830 S Bancroft St
Philadelphia, PA 19145

NCPH Executive Office:

127 Cavanaugh Hall – IUPUI
425 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

(317) 274-2716

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