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PRIZE For Historic Preservation and Exhibitions

This prize is awarded annually in recognition of the importance of historic preservation and exhibitions in federal history practice. The Prize for Historic Preservation and Exhibitions conveys distinction to the individual or principal collaborators for a  project in the area of either historic preservation or interpretive display. 

Past winners of the  Prize are noted by year in our Awards section on this website.

Prize for Historic Preservation and Exhibitions Committee

Leslie Poster, Editor
National Museum of American History

Mattea Sanders, Historian, United States Air Force

Caridad de la Vega, Cultural Resource Program Manager
National Mall and Memorial Parks, National Park Service

Submission Guidelines for the Prize for Historic Preservation and Exhibitions


Projects completed by federal and non-federal entities (including non-profits, state governments, and federal contractors) are eligible, so long as the project relates to the interpretation, display, or historic preservation of federal history.

For historical/interpretive display, eligible projects may include, but are not limited to, the following:

       Exhibitions  in museums, cultural centers, and other public venues

       Public Interpretive Programs  lecture series, walking tours, web-based apps related to a physical space, oral history projects, outreach activities, educational programs, workshops, interpretive media, etc.

       Major Initiatives– anniversary projects, agency initiatives, commemorative projects

For historic preservation activities, eligible projects may include, but are not limited to, the following:

       Restoration projects dedicated to preserving historic resources such as records, artifacts, buildings, historical sites, or other historical entities

       Major programs that contribute to larger historic preservation efforts. 

Projects must have been completed within the last two calendar years.

Projects may be renominated, as long as the renomination includes a description of any updates since the original nomination (and still meet the requirement of completion within the past two years).


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Evaluation Criteria

Nominations and supporting materials should specifically address the following criteria:

1. Exemplary practices that serve as models for future federal activity.

2. Significant value in furthering history in and of the federal government.

3. The quality of historical research and interpretation resulting from the use of archival material, material culture, oral history, or any other appropriate form of documentary evidence.

4. (When applicable) A high level of technical expertise in the field of historic preservation, including rehabilitation, restoration, reconstruction, and preservation aligned with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties.

Submission Process

The award is made solely on the basis of the materials submitted to the  Prize Committee.

1.  Nominations should be submitted through this Google Form.
The deadline for submission of all materials is December 15, 2022.

2. Nominations must include a written narrative not to exceed 1,000 words describing the exhibition or preservation project, and a separate explanation not to exceed 500 words addressing how the project aligns with the evaluation criteria.

3. Supporting visual materials of key aspects of the activity or project, appropriately labeled. These materials may include: photographs, plans, elevations, brochures, or news clips (all submitted material becomes the property of SHFG).

Supplemental materials should be emailed to with the title of the project in the subject line. 


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Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044

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