Friend of History Award

The deadline has passed. Information on the 2020 award will be available summer 2019.

NOMINATION DEADLINE: October 1, 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 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 “2019 Friend of History Award” in the subject line and send nomination as a PDF by midnight (PST) on October 1, 2018 to friendofhistory@oah.org.

The award will be presented at the 2019 OAH Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 4–6.

OAH Executive Committee Members:

Earl Lewis, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, President (Committee Chair)
Joanne Meyerowitz, Yale University, President-Elect
George J. Sanchez, University of Southern California, Vice President
Jay S. Goodgold, Independent Investor, Treasurer
Edward L. Ayers, University of Richmond, Immediate Past President
Katherine M. Finley, Executive Director, ex officio
Benjamin H. Irvin, Executive Editor/Editor, Journal of American History, ex officio

Past Winners

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