Each March, Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site recognizes a woman who has distinguished herself in the field of Hudson Valley history by bestowing upon her the “Martha Washington Woman of History Award.” Appropriately, the award emanates from where Martha Washington resided with her husband, General George Washington, during the last months of the Revolutionary War. That the ceremony takes place in March, during Women’s History Month, is indeed fitting.
Perhaps you know of a woman who shares her love of history with children by taking them to historic places during her free time? Is there a woman who has done research about the Hudson Valley and has shared her findings to encourage others to do the same? Do you know a woman who has used her private time or resources to preserve a landmark of historic significance? These are just a few examples of what could qualify a woman to be a recipient of the award. As you can perceive, the nomination field is open to any woman who has cultivated interest and awareness of Hudson Valley history, either locally or nationally.
Nominations may be completed and submitted by January 4, 2013.
ELIGIBILITY and CRITERIA
Any woman who has made a contribution towards Hudson Valley history through education, promotion, or preservation is eligible to be nominated for this award.
The nominee’s service to the historic community shall be taken into consideration. The nominee can be someone who was involved in a project dealing with history and/or historic preservation. This individual must be, in some way, influential in promoting the study of history, and in so doing, encouraging further interest, inquiry, enthusiasm, awareness and exploration into Hudson River Valley history even if at its most basic, or grassroots, level.
All of this should be elaborated upon by way of example in the nomination form. Completed forms will be reviewed by a Selection Committee including the Staff at Washington’s Headquarters, volunteers, and previous “Woman of History Award” recipients. Nominees will be notified within one month after the submission deadline.