Friend of History Award


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 for 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 “2022 Friend of History Award” in the subject line and send nomination as a PDF by midnight (PST) on October 1, 2021 to

The award will be presented at the 2022 OAH Conference on American History in Boston, MA, March 31–April 3.

OAH Executive Committee Members:

Philip J. Deloria, Harvard University, President
Erika Lee, University of Minnesota, President-Elect
Anthea M. Hartig, National Museum of American History, Vice President
Jay S. Goodgold, Independent Investor, Treasurer
George J. Sánchez, University of Southern California, Immediate Past President
Beth English, Executive Director, ex officio
Benjamin H. Irvin, Executive Editor/Editor, Journal of American History, ex officio

Past Winners

2021: Refusing to Forget
2020: Ulysses S. Grant Association
2019: Natasha Trethewey, Northwestern University
2018: Civil War Trust
2017: Lonnie G. Bunch III, National Museum of African American History and Culture
2016: NASA Johnson Space Center History Office
2015: Colin G. Campbell, Chairman Emeritus, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
2014: Stephen A. Briganti, President and Chief Executive Officer, Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation
2013: The almost 85,000 participants in the U.S. Department of Education’s Teaching American History Program
2012: No award given
2011: Jay S. Goodgold, Independent Investor
2010: The Newberry Library
2009: Brian P. Lamb, Founder and CEO, C-SPAN, host of Booknotes
2008: Ruth J. Simmons, President, Brown University
2007: Senator Robert C. Byrd and Libby O'Connell and The History Channel
2006: Geoffrey C. Ward, Independent Scholar
2005: Sy Sternberg, New York Life Insurance Company and The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History