What are the different types of Leadership in History Awards?

The Award of Merit is presented to recognize excellence for projects (including civic engagement, special projects, educational programs, exhibits, publications, etc.), and individual achievement. This is the main award for which applicants nominate projects or people.

The Award of Distinction is a higher level personal award given infrequently and only in recognition of long and very distinguished individual service. Recipients are noted for their contributions to the field of state and local history and are recognized nationally as leaders in the profession. To nominate an individual for this award, please contact Nicholas Hoffman, National Awards Chair, via email (nhoffman@mohistory.org) by February 1.

The Awards Committee may also choose to select candidates from the Award of Merit winners for additional recognition. You do not apply for these awards directly.

  • The Albert B. Corey Award recognizes primarily volunteer-operated historical organizations that best display the qualities of vigor, scholarship, and imagination in their work. Regional chairs may recommend any primarily volunteer organization that is nominated for the Award of Merit. This is an award made at the discretion of the Awards Committee.
  • The Awards Committee also presents the History in Progress (HIP) Award, a special additional award for an Award of Merit winner whose nomination is highly inspirational, exhibits exceptional scholarship, and/or is exceedingly entrepreneurial in terms of funding, partnerships, or collaborations, creative problem solving, or unusual project design and inclusiveness. This is an award made at the discretion of the Awards Committee.