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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release January 27, 2009

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

Call for nominations: awards for excellence in history

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa seeks nominations for annual awards recognizing individuals, organizations and communities that have made outstanding contributions to the study and practice of Iowa history.

Nominations must be postmarked by Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, and sent to:

State Historical Society of Iowa
600 E. Locust Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

More information is available at www.iowahistory.org or by contacting Kristen Vander Molen at kristen.vandermolen@iowa.gov or 515-281-4228.

Annual awards are given in these categories:

Loren Horton Community History Award: Recognizes the best project that increases awareness of, and participation in, Iowa history on a local level (program or event, use of volunteers, research or publication, youth project or project related to a museum, library, archives, historic preservation or educational activity);

Petersen/Harlan Award: Recognizes an individual, group or organization that has made a significant long-term or continuing contribution to Iowa history; and 

Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award: Recognizes the most significant book on Iowa history published during the preceding year. Nominations must include the title of the book, name of author, name and address of the publisher and year of publication and sent to Marvin Bergman at Marvin-Bergman@uiowa.edu.

All award recipients will be recognized at an award ceremony in May.


The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a trustee of Iowa's historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa's past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa's historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.


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