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Public Program Award

The Wisconsin Historical Society invites nominations for an award that honors outstanding work in a new Wisconsin history public program. The award is presented to a Wisconsin organization that has launched an exceptional history public program during the preceding year.


To be eligible for consideration, the organization that sponsors the program must be located in Wisconsin. The nominated program must take place in Wisconsin, had its first presentation during the previous calendar year, must deal with a Wisconsin history subject, and must be open to the public. Programs requiring membership in an organization to participate are not eligible for consideration.

Examples of eligible programs include history festivals; workshops; seminars; reenactments; historical walking, bus, or bicycle tours; historical readings combined with discussion; and film screenings combined with discussion.

Award Criteria

The nominees will be evaluated based on demonstrated excellence in the following areas:

  • Authenticity and scope of research
  • Attention to program management
  • Creative ideas and approaches
  • Effectiveness of delivery and overall impact of program
  • Community involvement
  • Connection to Wisconsin history

Due Date

April 1 of each year (postmarked or delivered)

How to Apply

Nominations must be submitted on the nomination form (PDF, 20KB). Please attach to the nomination form a narrative not to exceed three single-spaced pages describing the following:

  1. Program Description: activities, research, budget, staff, technique and connection to Wisconsin history.
  2. Program Achievements: effectiveness of delivery and overall impact of program on target audience.
  3. Program Documentation: brochure, schedule, news clippings, photos, etc. that document the program.

Send applications to:

Dawn St. George
Wisconsin History Public Program Award
Wisconsin Historical Society
816 State Street
Madison, WI 53706


For more information, contact Dawn St. George at 608-261-9350, via email, or write to the address above.

Awards are initially reviewed by a committee of judges appointed by the Society and then approved by the Awards Committee of the Board of Curators. The date and presentation of the award will be made at a time and location convenient for the recipient. Employees and members of the Board of Curators of the Wisconsin Historical Society are not eligible to receive awards.

Recent Award Winner

Read about the recent Public Program award winner.

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