Society for History in the Federal Government
John Wesley Powell Prize
Historic Preservation and Historical Display Projects
The Historic Preservation and Historical Display Prize annually honors distinction by an individual or principal collaborators for a single historical display/interpretation project, or historic preservation project completed in the last two years. The award is given for any form of interpretive historical presentation including, but not limited to, museum exhibits, interpretive media products, or programs; or to any project involving the preservation of records, artifacts, buildings, historical sites, and other historical entities. The prize rotates annually between projects of historical display/interpretation (awarded in odd years) and those of historic preservation (awarded in even years).
The Powell Prize commemorates the explorer and federal administrator whose work demonstrated early recognition of the importance of historic preservation and historical display.
Submission Guidelines for 2020 Prize – Historic Preservation Activities
The prize will be conferred on a project created by any agency or unit of the federal government. Nongovernmental organizations (including federal contractors, non-profits, or state governments, if they are partnering with a federal agency) who performed eligible activities on behalf of a unit of the federal government will also be considered. 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).
Eligible projects will focus on “history in and of the federal government” and may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Historical Display/Interpretation (odd years)
Exhibits – in museums, cultural centers, and other public venues;
Public Interpretive Programs – lecture series, walking tours, oral history projects, outreach activities, educational offerings, workshops, etc.;
Major Initiatives– anniversary projects, agency initiatives, commemorative projects;
Preservation Activities (even years)
Restoration projects dedicated to preserving historic properties,
Major programs that contribute to larger historic preservation efforts.