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GHHN's Awards for Excellence Program
Photo: 2018 Awards for Excellence Winners

GHHN's  Awards For Excellence program seeks to recognize and commend exceptional efforts among GHHN members. Awards are made to projects that exemplify creativity and professional vision resulting in a contribution to the preservation and interpretation of the historic scene, material culture and diversity of the region. 
Awards will be presented at GHHN's 2019 Annual Conference on September 24 at the Bear Mountain Inn & Conference Center in Bear Mountain, NY.

We have streamlined our Awards process. Awards may be made to organizations or individuals in the following areas:
 Education
 Individual Achievement
 Program
 Publication

Education: can include programming for schools, children, adults, groups with special needs, lecture series, demonstrations, etc.

Individual Achievement: an individual's long-term efforts towards promoting and furthering a knowledge and appreciation of New York history.

Project: can include exhibition (physical or online), restoration, preservation, special research, web site, etc.

Publications: can include book, exhibition catalog, audio, visual, etc. Nominated books should contain accurate citations, an index and a bibliography or list of works cited.  We will no longer accept nominations for newsletters or pamphlets.

Nominations reflecting work in creative  re-interpretation of collections are strongly encouraged; nominations of collaborative or regionally focused projects are especially welcome.   

We will feature our awardees in a poster session at the Annual Conference on September 24, 2019. Should your nomination be selected for an award, we will ask you to create a poster for this poster session and present it. GHHN will provide the specifications for the poster. More details about the poster session can be found on the Awards for Excellence webpage:

Any GHHN member (organizational or individual) can be nominated for projects completed in the last 12 months prior to September 2019 ( projects conducted from October 2018 through September 2019 ). Projects not yet completed must have reached a point sufficient to permit judgment of merit. You are encouraged to nominate your own organization. If you have received Awards for Excellence for the last three years, we ask that you step out for a year to give your colleagues a chance to be recognized.

All submissions
will be made online. 
The portal will open on June 20, 2019 and will remain open until 11:59 PM on August 1, 2019. You may fill out your nomination at any point during that date range. Once signed in to your Submittable account, you may save a draft of your nomination online and come back to it as often as you wish. However, once your nomination has been submitted, you cannot make any edits or changes. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.

To begin your nomination process, you must create a FREE Submittable account. You will fill out a form with your name, email address and a password. If you already have a Submittable account (i.e, from the NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program, the NYSCA/GHHN Collection Needs Assessment Program, or from another grant program), you should use that username and password to log in. You will need to be logged in to complete and submit your nomination. Once you have logged in, you will be able to access the nomination form.

Some parts of the nomination will be filled out in fields in the portal, and other parts of the nomination will need to be uploaded as PDF files.  To learn more and to submit a nomination, please visit:

If you have any questions about the nomination procedure, please give us a call at 914.582.3353 or send us an email at

Good Luck!