Percy W. Metz served as a Wyoming district Judge for nearly 40 years. Born in 1883 in Illinois, his family moved to Sheridan Wyoming shortly thereafter. He received his law degree from the University of Nebraska, opened a law practice in Basin and served as a county prosecuting attorney for Big Horn County from 1908 until 1913. In March, 1913, Govenor Joseph M. Carey appointed Metz as judge of the Fifth Judicial District at Basin. He served the district until his retirement in 1950. He died in 1964.
Before her death in 1986, Lola Homsher provided the Wyoming State Historical Society with an endowment fund specifying this award for recognition of Judge and Mrs. Percy W. Metz.
The Judge and Mrs. Percy W. Metz Memorial Award is made by the Wyoming State historical Society to an individual or organization in recognition of outstanding contribution to the history of Wyoming in the field of photography or oral history, which may span many years.
Nomination shall be made by letter to the Awards Committee, stating the name and address of the nominee, the nature of the work done, and where.
Sample copies of the photographs or oral history tapes (or if the tapes have been transcribed, a copy of them) to accompany the nomination. These copies to be retained by the Wyoming State Historical Society.
Only one award per year may be given. The award need not be given each year.