History Awards

History Awards Nomination Information

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

Guidelines for nomination:

The nomination process is now open.  Deadline for submission is April 1, 2020.  Click here to download a nomination form.