The Autry Public History Prize

We are quickly approaching the  Western History Association April 1, 2015 awards deadline and the administrators at BlogWest would like to highlight one of the awards – the Autry Public History Prize – because of its emphasis on public engagement and because the WHA has extended its deadline to May 1, 2015. This award honors projects that “contribute to a broader public reflection and appreciation of the past or serve as a model of professional public history practice in the history of the North American West” – something that we at BlogWest strive for as well. For more information on this award, see the notice below.

The Western History Association invites nominations for the 2015 Autry Public History Prize. The Autry Public History Prize is awarded annually to media exhibits, public programs, or written works that contribute to a broader public reflection and appreciation of the past or serve as a model of professional public history practice in the history of the North American West. The award consists of a $1,000 prize and a certificate to the award recipient. The prize is made possible by the generous support of the Autry National Center.

To be eligible for the award in 2015, the project must have been completed in 2014. When submitting material for consideration, please follow the Autry Prize Submission Guidelines available on the association’s website. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Media such as web pages, web-based video, audio, blogs, documentaries, and films (DVD, etc.)
  • Exhibits in museums, cultural centers, and other public venues
  • Public Programs such as lecture series, walking tours, oral history projects, outreach activity, educational offerings, workshops, etc.
  • Written Works such as research, reports, brochures, working papers, etc. or historical fiction (including books), that contribute to larger public history efforts to broaden public history understanding.

Please note that non-fiction books and journal articles are not eligible for this award.

Projects can be self-nominated, nominated by others familiar with the project, or nominated by the award selection committee. Any questions regarding the submission process or the award itself can be directed to the award selection committee chair, Leisl Carr Childers at leisl.carr-childers@uni.edu.

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