Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence in National Park Service History

The deadline for the 2022 award has passed. Information on the 2023 award will be available summer 2022.

The award recognizes excellence in National Park Service historical efforts that make the NPS a leader in promoting public understanding of and engagement with American history. Please share with us exemplary projects that encourage civic dialogue in all areas of public history. Eligible submissions include park-based interpretive work (museum exhibits, waysides, digital and print media, public programming, etc.); regionally-oriented educational and preservation programs; National Register or NHL nominations, historic resource and special resource studies which have public outreach components, and national programs and projects designed to encourage public appreciation for the complexity and richness of the American past.

The nominated project may have been undertaken by NPS employees entirely within the agency or in collaboration with students, contractors, volunteers, or cooperating institutions, and involve a single national park unit or the National Park Service system. The award citation will recognize the authors, designers, or curators of the project as well as the park superintendents and other NPS managers who provided leadership on its behalf. The OAH will waive conference registration for up to two NPS employees to allow recipients to attend the OAH Conference on American History and receive the award.

Selection will be made by the OAH Stanton‑Horton Award for Excellence in National Park Service History Committee. Please send nominations directly to each of the three committee members listed below. Nominations must include 1) a 1,000 word description and overview of the project; 2) information documenting the extent of the project's public engagement, such as data about the numbers and demographics of the people who participated in onsite programs or may have visited online and engaged in the project beyond its physical presence; 3) the names of NPS employees associated with the project as well as their supervisors at the park or regional level; and 4) two letters of recommendation from individuals or groups familiar with the project but not associated with its planning or implementation.

The postmark/submission deadline for all nomination materials to be sent to award committee members is December 15, 2021. The committee will make its selection by February 2022, at which time the award recipient will be provided with details regarding the OAH Conference on American History and awards presentation. The award will be presented at the 2022 OAH Conference on American History in Boston, MA, March 31–April 3.

Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence in National Park Service History Committee

April Antonellis (Committee Chair)
[Affiliation: National Park Service]
Please e-mail for mailing address:

Edward J. Hagerty
3358 Forge Road
Glasgow VA 24555
[Affiliation: American Public University System and Air University]

Lori Kuechler, Oregon Historical Society
[Contact information will be available this summer]

NEW DEADLINE: Submissions must be postmarked/submitted by December 15, 2021

List of Past Award Winners