YCHC Annual Awards

YCHC Annual Awards Nomination Information

The York County History Center appreciates and recognizes the labor and energy that the history field demands as much of the work involves long hours of study, research and interpretation. People or organizations that devote considerable time to helping others understand the power of history are often praised although rarely recognized. It is the goal of the York County History Center to acknowledge those individuals or entities that ardently pursue sharing the rewards that history so richly provides.

The 2023 nomination process is underway. Deadline for submission is June 1, 2023. Please provide nomination information, using the categories listed below, to help the History Center acknowledge the contributions to understanding our history. Award recipients will be recognized at the History Center’s Annual Meeting slated for mid-September 2023.

Click here to be taken to an electronic nomination form that you can fill out and submit  online.

Click here to download a nomination form that you can print, fill out and send in by mail: 2023 Awards Nomination Form

If you have questions regarding the nomination process, please reach out to Joan Mummert, YCHC President and CEO, at jmummert@yorkhistorycenter.org.

Annual Award Descriptions:

The Heritage Profile Award recognizes those individuals who have made a lasting or significant contribution in interpreting, promoting, researching and/or otherwise extending the knowledge, preservation and understanding of the history of York County. Individuals to be considered include those living or deceased who have demonstrated evidence of long-term dedication and personal commitment in pursuit of these goals.


BUSINESS (Ingenuity)
This award is accorded to a business that endeavors to preserve history within the York County region in the areas of company history, building preservation, philanthropy or other involvement with celebrating the past for the benefit of the community, or which develops in its current business an extraordinary example of innovation that contributes to York County’s historic value of ingenuity in business and industry.

The Local History Organization award recognizes those associations or organizations whose activity in local and regional history serves as a role model of excellence for others to follow. The award is specifically reserved for those associations/organizations associated with local historical efforts that are deemed to have made a significant contribution in preserving, interpreting, promoting, researching or otherwise extending knowledge and understanding of the history of their locality, county or region within York County.

GOVERNMENT (Civic/Government)
The Government Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the understanding and promotion of local history by municipalities without historical organizations. Advancement of historical activities may include community celebrations, commemorative publications, audiovisual materials, historical interpretation, archival development and community service.


This recognition will be given periodically to an individual whose work in history inspires and moves others to engage in historical research, programs or events. Individuals receiving this award demonstrate relationship building with communities and people. Eligible candidates may be volunteers, community members or History Center staff.


Volunteers nominated for this award set a high standard of volunteerism with their loyalty and dedication, which provides inspiration for other volunteers to follow.

    • Length of Involvement
      • Exceptional involvement over the previous year, which could include outstanding service, leadership in an initiative or project, or increased involvement in a volunteer role.
      • Sustained, long-term commitment to a particular volunteer role.
    • Accomplishments
      • Selections are based on the nominee’s exemplary volunteer efforts and commitment of time, accomplishments, impact and service to the History Center.
      • The nominee must possess an outstanding commitment to the History Center community. This commitment may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including an excellent attendance record, a willingness to give extra effort to duties and responsibilities. For example, assisting visitor experiences or work that benefits the History Center’s mission.
    • Eligibility
      • Any volunteer within the organization with the exception of previous award winners.
      • Students receiving course credits for their volunteer activities are ineligible unless the nomination is based on volunteer service that extends beyond the course requirements, in which case it must be clearly indicated in the nomination statement.
      • Must be current members of the History Center.
      • Nominees can be current or previous volunteers.