The Hopewell Valley Historical Society established an annual awards program in 2021 to recognize publicly the service and contributions of individuals, groups and organizations, and businesses to preserving the history of our community, making it more accessible to the public, and promoting its greater public appreciation.
The Society offers six (6) categories of awards:
Definitions and descriptions of these awards and the different kinds of service and contributions they recognize are explained in the Society’s History Awards Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines for Nominations.
Awards in 2023 will be presented at the Hopewell Valley Historical Society’s annual meeting on Sunday, September 24, 2023.
Nominations (DUE AUGUST 15, 2023)
The Society encourages all local residents, organizations, and businesses — not just members of the HVHS — to participate in the History Awards program by nominating those who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the cause of preserving Hopewell Valley history and sharing it with the public. A History Awards Nomination Form must be completed for each person or entity nominated, and only one (1) award category per nominee, please. Additional pages may be attached to the nomination form if needed. Detailed guidelines and eligibility criteria for nominations are provided. (Note: The form is in fillable PDF format, and so can be edited directly in Acrobat.)
IMPORTANT: In 2023, nominations for awards must be received no later than August 15, 2023. Completed nomination forms and attachments can be either mailed to Awards Committee, Hopewell Valley Historical Society, P.O. Box 371, Pennington, NJ 08534; or saved/scanned to pdf files and e-mailed to email@example.com.
Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines for Awards
The Society’s History Awards Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines for Nominations will help in matching potential nominees to the right award category, and in distinguishing differences between the categories.
Each award category lists several eligibility criteria. Nominees must meet one (1) or more of the criteria to be considered for an award. Of course, the more criteria a nominee meets, the stronger the nomination and the greater the chances of being selected for an award. Since the awards selection process is competitive, it is important that nominators make a strong case for each nominee. Not every nomination will be successful.
2021 History Awards
The 2021 Hopewell Valley History Awards were presented at the HVHS Annual Meeting on Sept. 19, 2021.
Bob Meszaros and his late wife, Carol, were recognized with the David Blackwell Distinguished Service Award for their many years of service and countless contributions to the Hopewell Valley history community (accepted by Richard Hunter).
William W. Farkas, founder of the Washington Crossing Park Association, was recognized with the William L. Kidder Public History Award (accepted by Association President Annette Earling).
The Washington Crossing Park Association Education Committee also was recognized with the William L. Kidder Public History Award (accepted by Stanley Saperstein).
The HVHS History Awards Committee will evaluate all nominations received by the due date of August 15, 2022 (no nomination received after that date will be considered). The Committee will determine whether nominations are in the correct award categories and whether nominees meet the appropriate eligibility criteria in those categories.
The Committee may accept or reject nominations, and its award selection decisions are final. The HVHS Board of Trustees will not overrule or reverse award selection decisions of the Committee.
In some cases the Awards Committee may advise a nominator that their nomination be held over, modified, and resubmitted in a future annual award cycle. While such actions and advice of the Awards Committee will be recorded in its proceedings, they will be non-binding on the Committee in future awards cycles.
The Awards Committee will notify nominators directly of all decisions.
All History Awards in the 2023 cycle will be presented to successful nominees or their invited representatives at the Society’s annual meeting on September 24, 2023.