2016 Minnesota History Award winners were: Marlys Hirst (Lake of the Woods Historical Society) - Lifetime Achievement; Cathy Osterman, Stephanie Hess, Hayes Scriven (Northfield Historical Society) - Behind the Scenes and Exhibit; Sheila Morris (Waseca County Historical Society) - Exhibit; Jan Warner and the late Art Warner (Morrison County Historical Society) - Lifetime Achievement Award.
Even though the year is far from over, it’s not too early to start thinking about nominations for the 2017 annual Minnesota History Awards, for projects completed during 2016.
Nominate projects accomplished in 2016 in the following categories: Behind the Scenes, Collections, Partnerships, Publications, Public Programs, Preservation and Lifetime Achievement.
Applications are due Feb. 3, 2017 and winners will be honored at the 2017 MALHM Conference, April 26-27, in Walker, Minnesota.
Categories include the Lifetime Achievement Award, created last year for individuals who have demonstrated leadership within their organization, their community, and to Minnesota’s history community in the preservation and promotion of local and state history. Experience should total 25 years in Minnesota.
See our Awards page for more information about all categories and definitions, as well as examples of winners from past years to inspire you.
Nominations should be complete but concise and use the Lifetime Achievement Awards or Minnesota History Award packets. To fill in the form, use Adobe Acrobat as your default PDF viewer.
The Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums created the awards in 2008 to honor the excellent work performed in Minnesota’s public history community. In addition to highlighting those who have achieved excellence, the program intends to use the example of winners to show the rest of our peers how it can be done, hopefully raising the quality of everyone’s work.
Please contact Minnesota History Awards Chair Jill Wohnoutka at 320-235-1881 or by email if you have any questions.