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Morgan County Genealogical & Historical Society, Inc., Morgan County,for The Ghost Town of Gobey exhibition and related first-person docent tours and programs.

McMinn County Historical Society & Archives, McMinn County, for their relocation project, which involved the preparation of a new, larger facility for the moving of collections, meeting space, and offices.

Leah Walker (1982-2023), Hawkins County, a proud Bull’s Gap girl, Leah was known for her gift of storytelling, dedication, energy, and infectious spirit, all of which she shared through her work in local history and museums. She inspired everyone she met, especially those in her beloved field of public history. As a friend shared, “Leah only had a few decades on this earth, but she made them count!”

Leah Ross, Sullivan County, for her leadership of and commitment to the Birthplace of Country Music over the past eighteen years as Executive Director (2005-2022) and Executive Director of Advancement (2022-present). 

Jim Loftis, Overton Countyfor his organizational and personal efforts to interpret and preserve his community’s history for future generations.

Jeff Wells, State of Tennesseehonoring the legacy of his inspirational and foundational leadership in historical administration, preservation, and interpretation in Tennessee State Parks and beyond.

Indian Creek Productions, Jefferson County,for the Spirit of Nations Powwow and concurrent “Let’s All Speak”: Native Voices in Tennessee History teacher workshop.

Hayslope Preservation Project, Hamblen County, for the restoration, preservation, and planning for the future of the 18th century home.

Greeneville Greene County History Museum, Greene Countyfor the Above and Beyond exhibition on Sgt. Elbert Kinser’s life and military experience.

For the Journal of East Tennessee History, Vol. 94, 2022, Dr. William E. Hardy is awarded The McClung Award for “A Perfect Mania”: The Origins of Base Ball in Knoxville, Tennessee.