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Board of Curators Awards

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Board of Curators Awards

Each year, the Wisconsin Historical Society's governing Board of Curators recognizes individuals and organizations for meritorious work in areas relating to the Society's mission. Learn about how you can participate and see past winners.

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2025 Awards

Nominations for the 2025 Board of Curators Awards will be accepted after January 1, 2025. All nominations must be postmarked or delivered by March 10, 2025.

Awards are reviewed by a committee of judges appointed by the Society and then approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Curators. The judges reserve the right to make no award in any given year. The decision of the judges is final.

Have Questions?

For more information about Society awards, contact Janet Seymour by phone at 715-836-2250 or by email below:

Award Submission Guidelines

2024 Award Winners

  • Book of Merit Award
    A History in Indigenous Voices: Menominee, Ho-Chunk, Oneida, Stockbridge, and Brothertown Interactions in the Removal Era, by Carol Cornelius, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press
  • Genealogy-Family History Book Award
    Ancestors of Olive Marie Schmidt: The Schmidt/Krier Family, by Rebecca Bley Shamblin
  • Governor's Award for Archival Achievement
    Carol Bannen, Research Librarian, Wauwatosa Historical Society, Wauwatosa, WI &
    Wisconsin Latinx History Collective, Statewide
  • Governor's Award for Archival Innovation
    Milwaukee Hip Hop Archive Project, Milwaukee, WI
  • Governor's Award for Archival Advocacy
    Ann Waidelich and the Historic Madison Inc. Volunteers, Madison, WI
  • Historic Preservation Award
    Georgia Kestol-Bauer for Heart Prairie Norwegian Methodist Episcopal Church, Delevan, WI
  • Historic Restoration Award (budget over $1 million)
    West Center-North 32nd Historic District (Community Within the Corridor), Scott-Crawford, Inc., Milwaukee, WI
  • Historic Restoration Awards (budget under $1 million)
    Fort Winnebago Surgeon’s Quarters, Wisconsin Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Portage, WI &
    Effigy Mounds Initiative, Nitschke Mounds County Park, Dodge County, WI
  • Museum Exhibit Award
    "Neenah and Menasha Sesquicentennials: Two Cities, One Community," Neenah Historical Society, Neenah, WI
  • Reuben Gold Thwaites Trophy for Local History
    Bayfield Heritage Association

Past Award Winners

To view articles on past award winners, click here.