Awards of Excellence Program
Established in 1982, ETHS Awards of Excellence nominations begin in January of each year. The awards will be presented at a special event honoring the award winners on the first Tuesday in June.
Annually Recognition For Contributions To The Region’s History
The East Tennessee Historical Society’s Awards of Excellence program annually recognizes individuals and organizations for significant contributions to the preservation, promotion, and interpretation of the region’s history. Eligible projects include exhibits, lectures, conferences, publications, print and broadcast media, teaching, and lifetime achievement. Organizations and individuals across the region are invited to make nominations.
- Community History Award (individual or organization) In recognition of excellence in community leadership, specifically in promoting the preservation of local /regional history and heritage
- Award of Distinction (individual or organization)In recognition of a special project (such as a book or other publication, building preservation, exhibit) or special programming (conference, heritage event, lecture series, other)
- History in the Media AwardPresented to someone in the field of broadcast, print media, or Internet for outstanding contributions to the promotion of our region’s history.
- Teaching Excellence Award In recognition of outstanding or innovative teaching of history at any level, grades one through adult education.
- Lifetime Achievement Is the Society’s most prestigious award and 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.