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Awards Program

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, linda@wyshs.org.

The Wyoming State Historical Society seeks nominations of individuals and organizations that have done outstanding work in preserving and interpreting Wyoming history in 2017.  With a deadline of April 30, 2018, it is not too early for county chapters, individuals and Society members to think about submitting nominations.

The awards are divided into seven main category groups and include Publication Awards, Audio and/or Video Documentary Awards, Fine Arts Award, Youth Awards, Special Awards (such as Outstanding Wyoming Teacher of the Year), Memorial Awards, and Preservation Awards.   Possible nominees include young historians, maybe someone who has restored old photographs or documents, written books significant to Wyoming history, maybe someone who restored a historic wagon, plus many more.  New this year are two previously unrecognized categories --- one is Social Media.  Jane Gebhart, chair of the Awards Committee said interest in the history of Wyoming has increased tremendously over the past few years.  “We felt it only reasonable to recognize blogs, Facebook pages, and other electronic forms of celebrating history.”  Gebhart added the second award is at the Collegiate level.  “For years we have honored the efforts of youth who contribute to the state’s history, but this year we added a category just for college students who are doing projects based on original research.”

Gebhart said the Society’s awards program opens many opportunities to recognize the efforts of individuals or organizations in promoting Wyoming’s rich legacy. “The best way to get started is to review the 2018 Awards Manual and think about those people or organizations in your community that might qualify and deserve recognition.”  

For specific information about each category please review the Awards Manual at www.wyshs.org or e-mail linda@wyshs.org to receive a hard copy.  Past award winners can also be viewed on the Society’s web page.  All award nominations must be sent directly to Jane Gebhart on or before April 30, 2018.                            

Click here to download the 2018 Awards Manual for more information about the awards.

Send Awards Nominations to:

Jane Gebhart, Chair
805 Rodeo
Gillette, WY 82718

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 linda@wyshs.org 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.