SCHC: New Annual Public History Award

The Saratoga County History Center is pleased to announce the creation of an annual award to be presented to an individual (or organization) in the greater Saratoga region who engages in outstanding work in teaching, writing, cataloging, or preserving history.

There are many individuals and associations in the greater Capital District who devote endless hours and dollars to the preservation or dissemination of local, regional, and national histories. Too often, their work goes unnoticed or unrecognized by the general public. The Saratoga County Public History Award seeks to raise awareness of their efforts and provide much needed positive reinforcement to their selfless work. The Herculean task of preserving the past rests on the tireless shoulders of our many history practitioners, and it is high time we celebrate their achievements.

The first annual Public History Award will be selected by a committee of esteemed professionals, including Ronald Schorpp, social studies department chair at Saratoga Springs High School; Lisa Kissinger, social studies academic administrator for Shenendehowa CSD; Heather Mazurowski, social studies department chair at Ballston Spa High School; Heidi Hill, Historic Site Manager at the Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site; Samantha Bosshart, Executive Director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation; and Isobel Connell, trustee of the Saratoga County History Center. The committee will be chaired by Michael Landis, Ph.D., trustee of the Saratoga County History Center.

Committee members are pleased to accept nominations from the public. Please send all nominations (with explanation and contact information) to Nominations must be submitted by the end of September 2021. The committee will make a final decision in November, and the award will be presented at a public event at Brookside Museum in December.

The Saratoga County History Center is dedicated to preserving and sharing the diverse histories of Saratoga County. In addition to the venerable Brookside Museum, the History Center offers a wide variety of innovative, exciting, and educational programming online, including the popular “Experts Next Door” virtual speaker series. Please visit the website, and social media accounts (@SaratogaCoHistory) for news and announcements.

Posted: August 19, 2021
Tagged: Awards and Prizes