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History Awards

History Awards

Each year, the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) sponsors the Kentucky History Awards, recognizing the outstanding achievements of history-related organizations and the people connected with them.  KHS encourages nominations for projects and people who promote the value of Kentucky history through awareness, preservation, and appreciation of state and local history.

We encourage nominations of deserving people and projects, and we believe when we build each other up and recognize each other’s great work, everyone wins! 

Nominations for 2022 are now closed. 

Recipients will be honored at the Kentucky History Awards breakfast and presentation on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, KY.

If you attend our annual awards event, you will hear about other award recipients:

Governor's Award

The Office of the Governor and the Kentucky Historical Society jointly present the Governor’s Award award to an author whose book, as judged by a panel of scholars, is deemed to have made the most significant contribution to Kentucky history. The award was established in 1979 and is given every four years in the last year of a governor’s term. The list of all winners is here (opens as PDF).

Richard H. Collins Award

This annual award honors Richard H. Collins, a trailblazing Kentucky historian, and goes to the author of an article from The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to Kentucky history. A panel of historians makes the selection. Find a list of past Collins Award Recipients here.