Nominate your favorite history buff

The Butler County Historical Society is seeking nominations for the annual Distinguished Historian Award to honor groups and individuals that have made a significant contribution to interpreting local history, preserving our historical heritage, or increasing public historical understanding.

This award will be given at the Annual Meeting and Banquet of the Butler County Historical Society to be held November 20, 2014.

“We wish to recognize those who clearly demonstrate either a distinguished pattern of achievement over time or a particular accomplishment of high merit that enhances public understanding of the history of Butler County, Ohio,” said BCHS board president Curtis Ellison. “Previous recipients of ‘Historian of the Year’ are eligible for this award, along with any worthy individuals who have not previously been recognized by an award.”

A variety of achievements in local history could be grounds for nomination, Ellison said, including but not limited to

  • Original research leading to publication in print, media or digital formats;
  • Historical website development;
  • Research that supports collections, libraries or other sources of information;
  • Developing and maintaining research collections in local history; contributions to significant historical exhibits or museums;
  • Significant historic preservation efforts; development of public history tours, organizations, sites, societies or projects.

Nominations must include the nominee’s name, address, and telephone and/or email information, and the nominator’s name and full contact information.

Nominations are expected to include documentation that can be returned following the selection process.

Nominations should be in the form of a letter that states a rationale for receiving the award, includes pertinent details about the nominee’s achievements, and describes and attaches examples of publications or other supporting material.

Nominations may be submitted by email to or, if accompanying documentation is substantial, sent by U. S. Mail or delivered to the BCHS offices in the Randall Research Center on Linden Street, directly behind the Benninghofen House Museum at 327 N. Third St.

The Distinguished Historian Award consists of a framed certificate, the recipient’s name inscribed on a permanent roll of awardees publicly displayed in the Randall Research Center, complimentary membership in the Society, and other considerations. An evaluation committee will review nominations, and the Board of Trustees will approve awards.

The deadline for submitting nominations is 4 p.m., October 14, 2014.

If you have questions about the nomination procedure or any other aspect of the Distinguished Historian Award, contact Kathy Creighton, Executive Director, 513-896-9930 or

The U. S. Mail address is:
Butler County Historical Society
327 North Second Street
Hamilton, OH 45011

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