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The awards program of the society annually recognizes outstanding accomplishments of individuals and organizations serving the interests of Sonoma County history.  The competition is open to both members and non-members of the society.

Nominations may be made by and member of the board of directors at its awards meeting, by any member of the society prior to that meeting, or by any Individual or organization.   All nomination must be accompanied by and application from and by two letters of recommendation from a third party not personally related to the nominee.  All supporting documents and other submissions become the property of the Society and cannot be returned.

At the discretion of the Society, all award winners will be considered for nomination by the Society for the Conference of California Historical society’s annual Award of Merit Competition.

The Society may also choose not to make a nomination for any specific Award in any given year.

 
Robert Thompson Commercial Award Editor's Award for Historic Scholarship
Brainerd Jones Preservation Award Floyd Bailey National History Week Award
Campbell Augustus Menefee Scholastic Award B. B. Bonham National History Week Award
Jeanne Thurlow Miller Award Alice Brown National History Week Award
Mariano Vallejo Government Award Carmen J. Finley Historical Website Award
Jack Taylor Video Award
 



Robert Thompson Commercial Award
Summary: Recognition to a business or industrial firm

Activities meriting recognition: Preservation or publication of significant collections of historical records Cooperation with organized historical groups Use of historical material in advertising Financing of historical activities

Criteria: Significance and extent of distribution of historical information Scope of influence (other business, schools, historical societies, community organizations) Quality and historical material (permanent or dated) Extent of distribution of printed historical material, such as newsletters, brochures, pamphlets, etc.  


Brainerd Jones Preservation Award
Summary: For completed acts of restoration or preservation by organizations or individuals.

Activities meriting recognition: Restoration or preservation of historical buildings, landmarks, trails, monuments, documents, vehicles, costumes, art, armaments, etc. Significant financial or material contributions advancing or enhancing historical restorations and preservation activities.

Criteria: Scope of effort (time and cost, number of people engaged on project) Historical importance of the restoration or preservation Span of project (year started-year completed) Nature of financing (individual, society alone, legislative grant or community effort)  


Campbell Augustus Menefee Scholastic Award
Summary: Recognition to a school, student, or individual for a significant historical project or research in Sonoma County history which has led to publication of a book or to a major education activity

Activities meriting recognition: Publication of new or expanded historical material Translations of historical material into English or other languages Sponsorship of scholastic effort in historical research, writing, restoration or preservation

Criteria: Historical significance-local, state, or national Originality, quality of research, and evidence of sound scholarship If a school project, how many students involved and how significant were results? what were the primary motivating factors, both for the sponsors and the participants  


Jeanne Thurlow Miller Award
Summary: Recognition for significant historical activities and accomplishments by an individual

Activities meriting recognition: Significant service on behalf of organized historical groups or historical projects Significant financial or material contributions to organized historical groups or historical projects Leadership of organized historical groups or historical projects Promotion of historical objectives in community, state, or nation

Criteria: Duration of service, contributions, leadership Influence of service, contributions, leadership Scope of service, contributions, leadership  


Mariano Vallejo Government Award
Summary: Recognition to a municipal, county, state, or federal agency or individual for significant activities and accomplishments

Activities meriting recognition: Legislative initiatives protecting historic cultural resources Financial incentives or contributions to historical projects Political leadership promoting history

Criteria: Historical significance of the activities Importance of the agency's or individual's role in achieving the completion of the activity Impact of the activity on promoting history  


Editor's Award for Historic Scholarship
Summary: Recognition of an author's published article of outstanding historical merit

Activities meriting recognition:

Criteria: Historical significance-local, state, or national Originality, quality of research, and evidence of sound scholarship  


Floyd Bailey National History Week Award
Summary: Recognition to a full time student enrolled in an accredited college for a significant achievement which has expanded knowledge of Sonoma County's history

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B. Bonham National History Week Award
Summary: For Sonoma County history online

Activities meriting recognition: Sonoma County historical information/data accessible via the internet

Criteria: Scope of effort Accuracy of information Historical significance Quality of information/graphics/links Major search engine placement using search terms “Sonoma” and “history” (Google suggested) Internet directory placement (Yahoo suggested) No violation of copyright laws (including graphics) Source information provided online (such as in link or footnote form) Contact name or webmaster email address provided online Website online before 31 December date Nominations by submitting hardcopy printouts of web pages postmarked by 31 January date  


Jack Taylor Video Award  

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