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Outstanding Public History Project Award

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

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National Council on Public History (NCPH)

Deadline Date:

12/01/19 Receipt


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Award of $1,000 to a USA or Canada nonprofit organization, business, group, or individual in recognition of an exceptional project that contributed to the public’s understanding and appreciation of history. Consideration will be given to activities such as media projects, exhibits, written works, and public programming completed within the last two calendar years.

Acknowledging the value of historical understanding to the general public, and the fact that this understanding results from a variety of public history projects, the National Council on Public History’s Outstanding Public History Project Award recognizes excellence in work completed within the previous two calendar years (2018 and 2019) that contributes to a broader public reflection and appreciation of the past or that serves as a model of professional public history practice.  

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

  • Media: Web pages, web-based video, audio, blogs, documentaries, and films (DVD, etc.)
  • Exhibits: In museums, cultural centers, and other public venues
  • Public Programs: Lecture series, walking tours, oral history projects, outreach activity, educational offerings, workshops, etc.
  • 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.

Nominations and supporting materials should specifically address four equally weighted 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

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GrantWatch ID#: 163017

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The annual Outstanding Public History Project Award consists of a $1,000 cash prize and a certificate presented at the NCPH Annual Meeting (in Atlanta, GA in 2020). Award winners also receive complimentary registration for the awards breakfast.

Term of Contract:

Work must have been completed within the previous two calendar years (2017 and 2018).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Projects by individuals, groups, community organizations, businesses, or other organizations or work done in support of such projects may be nominated.

Non-fiction books and journal articles are not eligible for this award.

Pre-Application Information:

Nominations must be received (not postmarked) by December 1, 2019.

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.

Applicants must send a completed cover sheet and a copy of all materials to each of the award committee members (see Supporting Documents below), as well as via mail or email to the NCPH Executive Office. Each submission should be clearly marked “NCPH Outstanding Public History Project Award.” If emailed, nominations must be sent in one complete document (MS Word or a PDF). Materials will not be returned.

For questions, applicants should email or phone the NCPH.

Contact Information:

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

Applications should be sent to the Executive Office to:

Or to:

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

Clearly mark each submission, “NCPH Outstanding Public History Project Award.”

For questions, contact:
(317) 274-2716

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