Annual Navy History and Heritage Awards Program


WASHINGTON NAVY YARD – Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) is now accepting submissions for the Annual Navy History and Heritage Awards Program. The submission deadline is June 1.

The Annual Navy History and Heritage Awards Program was established to recognize public, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations, including museums and individuals, who incorporate the history and heritage of the United States Navy into their publications, documents, and artifacts at their facilities. Each organization must encourage and publicize scholarly, well-researched historical stories that depict the Navy’s history and heritage as well as preserve and maintain artifacts on loan from the Navy.

“Many private, nongovernment museums are telling great stories about the history of the U.S. Navy to the American public,” announced NHHC Director, retired Rear Adm. Samuel Cox. “These awards are for those museums that serve as force multipliers in informing the public of our Navy’s rich history, proud heritage, and the importance of sea power to the security of the nation.”

Applicants may utilize their museums, buildings, historic ships and/or aircraft, and other exhibits or artifacts therein to provide or promote published research, preservation of artifacts, exhibiting artifacts and information, lectures, and other presentations. This program is meant to support and promote accurate and effective programs for exhibits, artifacts, and historical research. The winners will be awarded a plaque, pennant, and certificate of award for their excellence in Navy history and heritage. There are three awards categories.

• Navy History and Heritage Excellence Pennant (History “E”): Presented to the organization recognized for outstanding overall achievement in operations, including maintenance, curation/conservation, exhibitory, and Navy history education from organizations offering U.S. Navy-related programming to the public. Excellence will be awarded irrespective of financial resources.

• Maintenance Excellence Pennant (Maintenance “E”): Presented to the organization that has demonstrated greatest improvement in material condition over the past year of a macro artifact (e.g., historic ship, aircraft). Excellence will be awarded irrespective of financial resources.

• Curatorial Excellence Pennant (Curatorial “C”): Presented to the organization that has achieved excellence in the curation of the collections in its care, including maintaining and interpreting Navy artifacts on loan from NHHC central and local collections. Excellence will be awarded irrespective of financial resources.

Organizations may submit for award consideration by printing and fully completing the application for the category in which they wish to compete. Applications are available on the NHHC website at https://www.history.navy.mil/get-involved/nhhc-awards-program.html. Once complete, mail the full package (application and supporting documents) and a DVD that contains an Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) digital copy of the entire package submission to:

Deputy Director, Navy Museums Division

Naval History and Heritage Command

805 Kidder Breese St. SE

Washington Navy Yard, D.C. 20374-5060

NOTE: All mail and packages coming to the Washington Navy Yard are delayed by enhanced security screening. Early submissions will be accepted. NHHC is not responsible for lost, incomplete or late entries.

For more information on Naval History and Heritage Command visit: https://www.history.navy.mil

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