ETHS solicits nominations for history awards

Lisa BellemanOur Town Stories

The East Tennessee Historical Society invites nominations from across East Tennessee for Awards of Excellence in the field of history. Each year, the society recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the preservation, promotion, programming and interpretation of the region’s history. The awards have been presented each year since 1982.

Awards are in five categories:

The Award of Distinction recognizes a special project, such as publications, building preservation or program, such as a conference, heritage event, lecture series or other.

Community History Award recognizes excellence in community leadership, specifically in promoting the preservation of local/regional history and heritage.

History in the Media Award is presented to someone in the field of television, radio, newspaper, magazine or internet for outstanding contributions to the promotion of our region’s history.

Teaching Excellence Award is for outstanding or innovative teaching of history at any level, grade one through adult education.

The society’s most prestigious recognition is the Ramsey Award for Lifetime Achievement. This award is reserved for one who, over the course of a lifetime, has made outstanding contributions to the understanding and preservation of East Tennessee history. It is named for ETHS founder and early historian Dr. J.G.M. Ramsey, author of “The Annals of East Tennessee to the End of the Eighteenth Century.”

 ETHS Awards of Excellence recipients will be recognized at the East Tennessee Historical Society annual meeting on May 14. For info or to request a nomination form, contact the East Tennessee Historical Society at 865-215-8824 or The deadline for submission is April 13, 2019.

Lisa Allen Belleman is director of membership and social media for the East Tennessee Historical Society.

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