MONTANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY TRUSTEES
HERITAGE KEEPERS AWARD
The Montana Historical Society's Board of Trustees' Heritage Keepers
honor exemplary work, commitment, and effort in identifying,
preserving and presenting the history and heritage values of Montana for
current and future generations. See a list of
Purpose of the Award:
To recognize those individuals, families, organizations, educators,
historians, and others whose efforts have had a significant impact on
generating interest in and the preservation of the rich and diverse history
Two (2) Heritage Keeper Awards will be given annually. One award will honor
an eastern Montana Heritage Keeper, and the other will honor a western
Montana Heritage Keeper (the dividing line is Lewistown- west of
Lewistown=western; Lewistown and east=eastern).
The Montana Heritage Guardian Award, an additional award, may occasionally
be given under special circumstances to a deserving individual who meets the
same criteria for the Heritage Keepers Award. These awards will be
considered from among the nominations received.
Nominations will honor living individuals or currently active groups. A
nominee may be a person, committee or group that has significantly
contributed to the ongoing preservation and/or education of Montana history
with a statewide, regional or community focus within the long and varied
history of Montana.
The person(s) or group selected for this award should have demonstrated
commitment to a significant Montana history goal that results in projects,
objects or property that contributes to the general public's Montana history
knowledge or education. The nominee(s) should show a commitment to their
goal beyond the confines of making a livelihood.
An example of nominees for this award might include cultural groups;
artists; educators; authors; genealogists; historians; preservationists;
archivists; historical groups and clubs that have focused on the ongoing and
continuing of preservation and interpretation of historical items, ideas or
Criteria for judging will include how well the nominees' work/ project
enhances, promotes, and encourages the interest within its particular area
of Montana history. Areas may include historic building preservation,
research, historical literature, fine art history, historical reenactments,
and efforts that promote, encourage, and educate future generations to keep
the legacy of Montana history alive.
The Heritage Keepers Award will be promoted through a variety of methods,
including statewide archival, museum and preservation newsletters,
list-serves, state wide press releases and on the Montana Historical Society
Nominations for the Heritage Keepers Award should include:
- Nomination Form
- Nomination Narrative
- Supporting Documentation - items that demonstrate the outcome and
effectiveness of the nominee's work, i.e. news articles, commendations,
letters of support (submit no more than 3).
Anyone, including Society staff and Trustees, can submit a completed
nomination form by mail, FAX or e-mail.
Nomination should be submitted to:
Heritage Keepers Awards Chair
Montana Historical Society
225 North Roberts
P.O. Box 201201, Helena, MT 59620-1201
Award nominations should be received at the Montana Historical Society no
later than April 1. Nominations may be resubmitted and/or reconsidered on an
annual basis if the person or group did not receive an award in the previous
year or years.
The Heritage Award Committee will select and recommend finalists to the MHS
Board of Trustees at the April Board meeting. Each year Trustees, by
majority vote, will select the Heritage Keeper Awardees. MHS staff will
contact all those who submitted nominations with results. The Heritage
Keepers Awards will be presented at the annual Montana History Conference
held in the fall.