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Friend of History Award

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


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