Public History Award Nomination

2021 Public History Award

The Ohio Academy of History invites nominations for its annual Public History Award. The purpose of this award is to encourage the dissemination of historical scholarship beyond the walls of academe. To be nominated, a public history project, publication, or program must have been accomplished within the previous two years and completed by December 15, 2020. All public history fields are included: exhibits, publications, audio/visual documentaries, oral histories, public programs, symposia, archival projects, and historic preservation education projects. 

Nominated projects, publications, or programs must:

  • demonstrate original research that adds to a greater understanding of the past,
  • demonstrate creativity in organization and presentation,
  • demonstrate originality or uniqueness in design and historical interpretation,
  • accomplish a goal of educating or communicating with the intended audience,
  • follow commonly accepted rules of evidence and logic in providing proof of statements, facts, and conclusions.

Submit nominations to the committee chair, Donna DeBlasio, by December 15, 2020.

Committee:
Donna M. DeBlasio, Chair, Youngstown State University,
Susan Tietz, Ohio History Connection  
Marcelle Wilson, Youngstown Historical Center,

Eligible Projects. Project must be completed in the 2020 calendar year.

  • Media such as web pages, web-based video, audio, blogs, documentaries, and films
  • Public Programs such as lecture series, walking tours, oral history projects, outreach activity, educational offerings, workshops, etc.
  • Written Works such as research, reports, brochures, working papers, etc., or historical fiction (including books), that contribute to larger public history efforts to broaden public history understanding. Please note non-fiction books and articles are not eligible.
  • Exhibits in museums, cultural centers, historic sites, and other public venues

Eligible projects will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Historical accuracy
  • Creativity and originality
  • Impact of the project

Submission Process

  • Provide a written description of the project, not to exceed 1000 words and should address the above criteria and include intended audience(s)
  • Provide visual examples if applicable (i.e. websites, videos, exhibits). Online links should be provided where applicable)
  • Provide feedback from the public (if applicable)
  • Provide information on participants in the project (i.e. cvs, role in the project)
  • Letters of support or outside reviews may also be included

Comments

  1. What kind of background material would you need submitted with a nomination?

    • Betsy says:

      Bob, we’re working on that, and I expect to have details soon to add to the call. In the meantime, you could contact the committee chair, Donna DeBlasio, directly.

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