Awards of Merit
The Connecticut League of History Organizations recognizes excellence in Connecticut history through its annual Awards of Merit. The awards recognize institutions and individuals who demonstrate the highest professional standards and who enhance and further the understanding of history in Connecticut. The purpose of the awards is to recognize the care, thought, and effort invested in these contributions and to inspire and encourage others by acknowledging exceptional contributions to state and local history.
The Awards of Merit program is also a stepping stone to national recognition through the American Association for State and Local History’s Leadership in History Awards. We encourage organizations with eligible projects to consider submitting to both award programs. For more information about the AASLH awards, visit https://aaslh.org/programs/leadership-in-history-awards/ and contact state representative Nick Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLHO presents Awards of Merit in two categories: Projects and Individual Achievement.
Past Award Recipients
Projects recognized with an CLHO Award of Merit should demonstrate an effort to go above and beyond the ordinary for an organization or individual. Qualified projects should show a level of “excellence” and serve as an example for others in the field to follow. Projects can show excellence in a number of ways, including (but not limited to):
We accept nominations from individuals, history organizations, and other cultural institutions in Connecticut. We strongly encourage history organizations to nominate their own work, and to recognize outstanding contributions by peer organizations with a nomination. Individuals may nominate their own work in the project category, but they may not nominate themselves for individual achievement awards.
All projects completed in Connecticut or by Connecticut organizations within the preceding 18 months are eligible for nomination. Individuals under consideration for achievement awards should reside in Connecticut and have a track record of significant contributions to Connecticut history beyond the local level.
To make a nomination, follow the instructions below and submit your package to the 2022 CLHO Awards of Merit Dropbox by the deadline.
Nominations open in December and are due by February 15, 2023. The awards committee meets in early March to deliberate. Award recipients will be notified in mid to late March, and awards will be presented at CLHO’s Annual Business Meeting and Awards of Merit Presentation on April 18, 2023.
To learn more about making a nomination, visit our nomination page.