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Friend of History Award

The deadline for the 2018 award has passed. Information on the 2019 award will be available summer 2018.


First given in 2005, the Friend of History Award recognizes an institution or organization, or an individual working primarily outside college or university settings, for outstanding support of historical research, the public presentation of American history, or the work of the OAH. Recipients will be selected by the OAH Executive Committee from nominations that should include a statement of no more than five pages describing the nominee’s distinguished contributions and, if for an individual, a CV of no more than five pages. The nomination packet also may contain up to ten additional pages of supporting materials that document the nominee’s distinguished service or letters that support the nomination. Nominations will remain active for three years. Please indicate “2018 Friend of History Award” in the subject line and send nomination as a PDF by midnight (PST) on October 2, 2017 to friendofhistory@oah.org.

The award will be presented at the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, April 12–14.

OAH Executive Committee Members:

Edward L. Ayers, University of Richmond, President (Committee Chair)
Earl Lewis, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, President-Elect
Joanne Meyerowitz, Yale University, Vice President
Jay S. Goodgold, Independent Investor, Treasurer
Nancy F. Cott, Harvard University, Immediate Past President
Katherine M. Finley, Executive Director, ex officio
Benjamin H. Irvin, Executive Editor/Editor, Journal of American History, ex officio (beginning August 2017)

Past Winners