DES MOINES – Coming off a banner year of successful programs and projects, the State Historical Society of Iowa is calling for nominations for members to serve on its board of trustees and for the Iowa Excellence in History Awards.
This year, board members presided over numerous milestones and successes, including two awards from the American Association for State and Local History, one for the commemoration of Iowa’s 175th statehood anniversary and a second for a special anniversary edition of The Annals of Iowa, the society's quarterly journal.
Nominations to serve on the society’s board of trustees can be submitted by anyone, but nominees must be members of the State Historical Society of Iowa, willing to attend five meetings per year and serve on various committees. Self-nominations are also accepted.
To submit a nomination or receive more information, please contact Jessica Rundlett at the State Historical Society of Iowa, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail at 600 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa, 50319. Nominations should be accompanied by a brief biography of the nominee (250 words maximum, written in narrative form). Nominations must be received in the State Historical Society of Iowa office or postmarked by March 1. Nominees will be slated on a ballot, and the State Historical Society membership will elect one trustee member in the spring of 2023 to serve a 3-year term that begins July 1.
Iowans and others interested in becoming a member can join online at iowaculture.gov or download a membership form and send it to: State Historical Society of Iowa, c/o Memberships, 600 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319. For more information about membership, email email@example.com.
Nominations for Excellence in Iowa History Awards
During the past year, historians and historic preservationists continued to make contributions to the study and practice of Iowa history. To honor their efforts, the society is also issuing a call for nominations for its Excellence in Iowa History Awards, which recognize outstanding publications, local history initiatives and major achievements in Iowa history.
Nominations for the Shambaugh Award (for books) are due Jan. 2, while all other nominations are due Feb. 1. More details can be found at iowaculture.gov.
Here are the award categories:
Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award
This award recognizes the author of the most significant book published about Iowa history during the previous calendar year. Its namesake was the superintendent of the State Historical Society of Iowa for 40 years and a professor of political economy at the University of Iowa. Nominations are due Jan. 2.
George Mills & Louise Noun Award
This award recognizes the author of the most significant article on an Iowa history topic published in a popular history periodical during the previous calendar year. To be eligible, the article must be an original essay (of at least 1,000 words) about an Iowa history topic published during the previous calendar year. The award is named in honor of Mills, a well-known reporter and popular historian, and Noun, a philanthropist and historian of women’s history. Nominations are due Feb. 1.
Loren Horton Community History Award
This award goes to the best project that increases awareness and participation in Iowa history on a local level. The award recognizes an individual, group, or organization whose outstanding local history project was completed during the previous calendar year. The award’s namesake represented the State Historical Society of Iowa in many capacities from 1973 until his retirement in 1996. Nominations are due Feb. 1.
Mildred Throne & Charles Aldrich Award
This award is given to the author of the most significant article on Iowa history in a professional history journal during the previous calendar year. To be eligible, the article must be written about a topic in Iowa history or a subject concerning the nation and the Midwest with an Iowa focus. The award is named in honor of Throne, a longtime editor of the Iowa Journal of History and Politics, and Aldrich, who founded the third series of The Annals of Iowa. Nominations are due Feb. 1.
William J. Petersen & Edgar R. Harlan Award
recognizes an individual, group or organization that has made significant long-term or continuing contributions to Iowa history. It is named in honor of Petersen, a longtime curator for the State Historical Society in Iowa City, and Harlan, who served as the second director and curator of the Historical Department of Iowa. Nominations are due Feb. 1.
Excellence in Archaeology and Historic Preservation Award
This award recognizes the best archaeology or historic preservation project at the local or state level. To be eligible, the work must have been completed during the previous calendar year. All types of preservation work are included and the award is not exclusive to building preservation. Nominations are due Feb. 1.
The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit iowaculture.gov or call 515-281-5111.
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and its three divisions – the Iowa Arts Council, Produce Iowa - State Office of Media Production and the State Historical Society of Iowa – empower Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting Iowans to the people, places and points of pride that define our state. The department’s work enables Iowa to be recognized as a state that fosters creativity and serves as a catalyst for innovation where the stories of Iowa are preserved and communicated to connect past, present and future generations.