The Wyoming State Historical Society recognizes individuals and organizations in the field of Wyoming History by an annual awards program. The awards are presented each year at the annual meeting of the Society on the Saturday following Labor Day. Nomination forms for the awards are submitted through the local and county chapters of the Society. Individuals who are members of the WSHS may also make nominations. For general questions contact Linda Fabian, WSHS Executive Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work completed between January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 was recognized in 2016. Click here for a list of award recipients that were announced and presented at the Society's annual meeting in September 2016.
Deadline for the majority of nominations for 2017 will be in April 30.
Deadline for Young Historian and Junior Activities Awards is June 1, 2017.
The award year for youth awards is the 2016-2017 school year.
Send Awards Nominations to:
Jessica Clark, Chair, WSHS Awards Committee
Western Wyoming Community College
P. O. Box 428
Rock Springs, WY 82901
Nomination forms and complete details of the awards may also be obtained through the Awards Chairman of each local chapter, or you may contact WSHS Executive Secretary Linda Fabian at the WSHS Office in Wheatland at email@example.com or 307.322.3014 for more information.
You do not have to be a member of the Wyoming State Historical Society in order to be nominated for an award. However, nominations are only accepted from a chapter of the Wyoming State Historical Society, or by a member of the Wyoming State Historical Society.
The Awards are divided into seven main category groupings as follows:
1. PUBLICATION AWARDS
About a Wyoming subject, person or locale and published during the award year (certificates)
Books – published during the award year and written by an author or group of authors age eighteen or over:
- Biography or autobiography
- Self-published work
- Single chapter in a non-fiction, biographical or autobiographical book by one or several authors
- Reference work
- Single poem or a book of poetry
Pamphlet or Newsletter (less than 80 pages)
Brochure or Newsletter (12 pages or less)
Magazines and Newspapers
- Article or series of articles relating to Wyoming history published in Wyoming
- Article or series of articles relating to Wyoming history published outside of Wyoming with nationwide circulation
- Article or series of articles relating to Wyoming history published by author or authors under the age of 18 in a school magazine or newspaper
- Wyoming newspaper or magazine that has contributed to the history of Wyoming
Internet Website – created or significantly updated with new information during the award year.
2. AUDIO AND/OR VIDEO DOCUMENTARY AWARDS
Produced during the award year (certificates)
Professional – to an individual or individuals, television station, film production company, radio station, or any organization that has made an outstanding contribution to Wyoming history by developing documentary material in the audio-video or computer generated field
Non-professional – to individuals or groups who have made an outstanding contribution to Wyoming history by developing documentary material in the audio-video or computer generated field.
3. FINE ARTS AWARD
Not restricted to the current award year (certificates) to individuals or groups to recognize an outstanding accomplishment in the field of fine arts, commercial or non-commercial, with results in the depiction, promotion, recognition or preservation of Wyoming history. Nominations in the fields of painting, sculpture, functional pieces, drama, music, or other artwork will be considered.
4. YOUTH AWARDS
Monetary awards and certificates: A monetary amount of $100 for first place, $65 for second place and $30 for third place will be awarded in each grade category.
Young Historian Awards for original projects written during the award year to encourage interest in Wyoming history among Wyoming students in three categories: grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. History Day formatted projects such as documentaries, exhibits, and performances are encouraged as well as traditional essays.
Junior Activities Awards to Wyoming students in three categories: grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. These awards are aimed at history classes supervised by a teacher, or organized groups under an adult leader, to encourage the interest of young people in Wyoming history during the award year through:
- Research and exploration of a historic site in their county, which may lead to the marking of a site
- Participation in the activities and programs of a chapter of the WSHS
- Establishment of a junior history organization
- Educational activities which promote, with study and projects, the understanding and knowledge of local and/or state history
Lola Homsher History Day Scholarship - $1000.00 – This award will be presented annually to a high school senior from a Wyoming high school who participated during his or her senior year in the State History Day Competition. Information can be found on the Wyoming History Day website: http://ahc.uwyo.edu/eduoutreach/historyday/.
5. SPECIAL AWARDS
Activities Award (certificates) to an individual or group making a significant contribution to Wyoming history during the award year.
- Tour or tours to a historic site in Wyoming.
- Educational project which furthers the understanding and knowledge of local and state history.
- Museum activities.
- Restoration, or interpretation of local historic sites.
- Wyoming Family history Project
Chapter Awards (monetary awards) to provide financial assistance for historical projects based on merit, need, and historical value of the project in the community or county.
Annual Services Award (certificate) to a Society member to recognize outstanding services to the Society, either local or state, during the award year.
The Clara M. & Henry E. Jensen Outstanding Wyoming Teacher Award (monetary award and plaque) to a teacher in Wyoming to recognize outstanding performance in teaching Wyoming history in the classroom.
Mabel Brown Cumulative Contribution Award (plaque) to a living Wyoming resident who, over a long period of time, has made valuable contributions to the understanding and awareness of Wyoming and its history.
6. MEMORIAL AWARDS
L. C. Bishop Award (plaque) to an organization or individual who has voluntarily contributed in a significant manner to preserving or recording the history of any part of a historical trail in Wyoming through preservation of a site, completed written research, cartography or other means. The contribution should span a number of years.
Henryetta Berry Memorial Award (plaque) to an individual or organization in recognition of their years of promoting Wyoming history among young people.
Judge & Mrs. Percy W. Metz Memorial Award (plaque) 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.
Maurine Carley Memorial Award (plaque, Schwiering print and monetary award) to an individual or organization in recognition of an outstanding project in the field of historic preservation which many include residential, commercial, public, religious, industrial or institutional buildings, historic sites, trails, cemeteries, archaeological sites and other places significant to Wyoming history. Projects may be underway or shall have been completed within the last two years of nomination. (monetary award) Deadline is April 30.
7. ADDITIONAL AWARDS
Lola Homsher Endowment Fund – grants of up to $1500 to be provided for projects which will research, preserve, and promote Wyoming history. Topic must be Wyoming related with emphasis on original research. Deadline is the last day of February. Email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
WSHS Outstanding Preservation Project Award (plaque, Schwiering print and possible monetary award) to an individual or organization in recognition of an outstanding project in the field of historic preservation that does not focus on the physical preservation of a historic building or site. Projects focus on the preservation of objects or items such as photographs, documents, films, or books that are significant to Wyoming’s history. Deadline is April 30.