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Special Prize Information 2014


Name of Prize Prize Sponsor Prize Description
African-American History Prize The Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, National Capital Parks-East, National Park Service Sponsored by The Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, National Capital Parks-East, National Park Service, which preserves the home of the legendary Dr. Carter G. Woodson located in Washington, D.C. This prize is awarded to the outstanding entry in either division whose research and presentation relates to and/or is inspired by the life and times of Dr. Carter G. Woodson.
American Labor History American Labor Studies Center The American Labor Studies Center American Labor History prize is awarded to an outstanding entry in any category, in either division, that involves American labor history and focuses on an aspect of the efforts of American workers to improve their working conditions including the right to organize and bargain collectively.
Asian- American History Prize The National Park Service This prize is given in recognition of demonstrated excellence in the study of Asian-American history. The prize is awarded to an outstanding student project in both the Junior and Senior divisions that documents and analyzes the Asian-American experience. The subject(s) can be an individual, group(s), a right, challenge(s), triumph(s), or any topic that has historical significance, influence or impact. The project should explain why the subject(s) is/are important and place it/them in historical context.
Captain Ken Coskey Naval History Prize Naval Historical Foundation Sponsored by the Naval Historical Foundation: preservation, education and commemoration of naval history since 1926. The prize is named for retired naval aviator Ken Coskey, who served his nation with distinction throughout a long career including nearly five years as a Vietnam War POW. During his fifteen years in leadership roles at the Naval Historical Center and the Naval Historical Foundation, he became a strong supporter of National History Day. The award is given to the best entry on naval history in any category and in either division.
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers Prize The National Endowment for the Humanities Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), this prize is awarded in both the Junior and Senior divisions to an outstanding entry in any category that utilizes the newspaper resources that are available on the Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers web site (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/). Each content item from Chronicling America (article, image, etc.) used for the entry must be noted in the Primary Sources section of the Annotated Bibliography and follow proper NHD citation guidelines for Web content. The Chronicling America web site provides free access to over 5 million pages of select digitized historic newspapers published between 1836 and 1922. It is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a long-term partnership between NEH and the Library of Congress to digitize representative historic newspapers from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Chronicling America currently has digitized newspapers from 28 states and the District of Columbia, with new content added regularly, including newspapers published in foreign languages starting with Spanish and French. Primary sources are not limited to newspaper articles, but also include advertisements, images, literary prose, and other content that appears in historic newspapers. In addition to providing basic factual details about an event or topic, historic newspapers can shed light on local perspectives about a major historical event, insight into social or cultural practices, traditions, political opinions, economic circumstances, and a wealth of other historical information. For more information on NEH visit their homepage at http://www.neh.gov/. For more information on Chronicling America visit the mini site at http://edsitement.neh.gov/what-chronicling-america.
Civil War History The Civil War Trust Sponsored by the Civil War Trust, a non-profit organization that promotes appreciation and stewardship of our nation's historical, cultural, and environmental heritage through preservation of significant Civil War battlefields and supporting preservation and education programs. This prize is awarded to an outstanding entry in any category and from either division which focuses on the history of the American Civil War.

Discovery or Exploration in History

The Library of Congress

Sponsored by the Library of Congress, this prize is awarded in the junior and senior divisions for an outstanding project in any  category on American or international discovery or exploration. The Elizabeth Ridgway fund was established in memory of Ms. Ridgway, Library of Congress Education Outreach Director, for her passion for history, students, education, and the Library of Congress.

George Washington Leadership in History Prize George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum, & Gardens Sponsored by George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum, & Gardens, the home of our nation's first president, this prize will be awarded in both the junior and senior divisions to an outstanding entry on leadership (either individual or collective) in history that illustrates the vision, civic character or other leadership qualitites demonstrated by George Washington in his roles as commander in chief of the Continental Army, presiding officer of the Constitutional Convention, entrepreneur, and/or first president. For more information please visit the following web site:http://www.mountvernon.org/educational-resources/teachers-students/history-day
History in the Federal Government Society for History in the Federal Government Sponsored by the Society for History in the Federal Government, a national professional organization open to all that are interested in federal history programs and the history of all branches of the U.S. government. The prize is awarded to the best entry in any category, in either division, which illuminates the history of the American federal government.
History of Agriculture and Rural Life Agricultural History Society Sponsored by the Agricultural History Society, the prize is awarded to the best project in either division, in any category, focused on the history of agriculture and/or rural life in any country or time period. The Agricultural History Society was founded in 1919 to promote the study of the history of agriculture and rural life in America and throughout the world.
Immigration History Award Lombardo Family This prize is given in recognition of demonstrated excellence in the study of immigration history. The prize is awarded to an outstanding student project in either division that documents and analyzes immigration to the United States. The subject(s) can be an individual, group(s), a right, challenge(s), triumph(s), or any topic which has historical significance, influence or impact. The project should explain why the subject(s) is/are important and place it/them in historical context.
 Irish or Irish-American History  Ancient Order of Hibernians Sponsored by the Ancient Order of  Hibernians (AOH) and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH), the prize is awarded to two projects in either junior or senior divisions, in any category. These outstanding entries demonstrate excellence in the study on presentation of Irish/Irish-American History. The AOH and LOAH are the oldest, largest, and most prominent Irish Catholic fraternal organization in the nation. It was founded in New York City in 1836 and presently has a membership that exceeds 100,000. The medals that are awarded with this prize are in honor of Commodore John Barry, USN (1745-1803), who was a native of Ireland and Father of the U.S. Navy.
Latino-American History Prize National Park Service This prize is given in recognition of demonstrated excellence in the study of Lation-American history. The prize is awarded to an outstanding student project both in the Junior and Senior divisions that documents and analyzes the Latino-American experience. The subject(s) can be an individual, group(s), a right, challenge(s), triumph(s), or any topic that has historical significance, influence or impact. The project should explain why the subject(s) is/are important and place it/them in historical context.
Lee Allen History of Baseball Award Society for American Baseball Research Sponsored by the Society for American Baseball Research, an association of over 6,000 individuals who enjoy reading, writing, talking, and learning about all aspects of baseball. The Lee Allen prize honors the best entry in any category and in either division relating to baseball which best demonstrates research skills, accuracy, and an appreciation of the national pastime. The prize is named in honor of Lee Allen, the historian at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, 1950-1969.
Magna Carta Prize American Bar Association

The Magna Carta Prize is sponsored by the American Bar Association (ABA), a voluntary organization of nearly 400,000 lawyers that, among other goals, seeks to advance the Rule of Law in the world. The ABA Magna Carta Prize is awarded to an outstanding entry in each of the junior and senior divisions that incorporates the Magna Carta as an important building block in the advancement of the rule of law and of individual rights in the United States against the arbitrary exercise of governmental power. www.americanbar.org

Native American History Prize The National Park Service This prize is given in recognition of demonstrated excellence in the study of Native American history. The prize is awarded to an outstanding student project in both the Junior and Senior divisions that documents and analyzes the Native American experience. The subject(s) can be an individual, group(s), a right, challenge(s), triumph(s), or any topic that has historical significance, influence or impact. The project should explain why the subject(s) is/are important and place it/them in historical context.
Outstanding Entry on Colonial America or Revolutionary History Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Sponsored by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, a foundation dedicated to the teaching, preservation, study, and preseantation of the colonial American and Revolutionary period, the prize recognizes demonstrated excellence in the study of colonial American or Revolutionary period history. The prize is awarded to an outstanding entry in either division, in any category that documents and analyzes a colonial American or Revolutionary period subject(s).
Outstanding Entry on an International Theme The History Channel This award goes to the best SENIOR entry that focuses on on an international topic and provides research from sources outside of the United States.
Outstanding Entry Tied to an Historic Site The History Channel The award goes to the best SENIOR entry that uses at least one historic site as a major focus for entry research and presentation.
Star Spangled 200 Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission The Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission and its affiliate non-profit, Star-Spangled 200, Inc., are commemorating Maryland's unique contributions to the defense and heritage of the nation, including the pivotal battle that led to an American victory and the birth of "The Star-Spangled Banner." This prize is awarded to an outstanding entry in any category and from either division that incorporates one or more of the Commission’s four themes: courage, unity in diversity, inspiration or preparedness. 
United States Marine Corps History Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Sponsored by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting the study of Marine Corps history and traditions, this prize is awarded to an outstanding entry in any category in either the junior or senior division that demonstrates an appreciation of Marine Corps History. The topic MUST NOT BE ON NAVAJO CODE TALKERS.
U.S. Constitution Award National Archives and Records Administration Sponsored by the National Archives and Records Administration, the prize is awarded to an outstanding entry in any category and in both Junior and Senior divisions that uses the records of the Federal government to either illuminate the creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution or to focus on Constitutional issues throughout American History.
Women's History Journal of Women's History and the Coordinating Council for Women in History Sponsored by the Journal of Women's History and the Coordinating Council for Women in History, this prize is awarded to the best project in either division, in any category, that focuses on the contribution, accomplishments, experiences, and perspectivesof women in U.S. history. The Journal of Women's History (JWH) is dedicated to publishing the best scholarship in women's history and stimulating dialogue of substantive issues in the field. The winners of the Women's History special prize will be featured in JWH.
World War II National World War II Museum The National World War II Museum illuminates the American experience during the WWII era with moving personal stories, historic artifacts and powerful interactive displays. The prize is awarded to an outstanding entry in both the junior and senior divisions that involves World War II history.