Awards of Merit



Nominations for 2018-2019 awards has been extended to April 5, 2019!

Awards of Merit in seven categories are presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference of California Historical Societies each June. These awards recognize outstanding accomplishments of individuals and organizations serving the interests of CCHS.

The nomination deadline for the awards is Friday, April 5, 2019.  NEW!  For your convenience, the Nomination Form is now fillable.  Simply type into each space and save.  You may email or print out the form and submit the completed CCHS Award of Merit Nomination Form to John Shea at  Any changes in nomination deadline will be posted here.



2018 - 2019 Awards Committee

John Shea, Chair

Irene Almeida

Barbara Kimball


Please Note: The "media" category for the Awards of Merit which began three years ago includes Best Newsletter, Website, etc.

****** Reminder: Don’t wait until the last minute to start work on the entries. ******

Deadline: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - Give yourself at least six weeks to develop your nomination. 

Question(s): Ask Committee Chair John Shea at




Individual Award – Donna Howell (Placer County Historical Society/Placer County Historical Foundation)

Individual Award – Gretchen Winfrey (Kern-Antelope Historical Society)

Individual Award William Horst (Porterville Historical Society)

Individual Award - Joe Molter (Jedidiah Smith Society)

Individual Award – Rosemarie Lippman (Covina Valley Historical Society)

Preservation Award – Dr. Don Stover (Porterville Historical Museum)

Preservation Award – Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research (SHHAR)

Scholarship John P. Schmal (author/lecturer)

Special Award – Virginia and Alfred Harrell Foundation(Kern County)

Waddingham/Doctor Bonnie Ketterl Kane (Ridge Route Communities Museum and Historical Society)

Waddingham/Doctor Sergeant Trooper Charlie Brown (New Buffalo Soldiers)



Individual Award – Rodi Lee

Individual Award – Patricia (Pat) Riley Williams

Individual Award- Ms. Lori Wear

Individual Award– Marguerite Harrell

Scholarship – Susan Skilton

Scholarship-Elrond Lawrence

Preservation Award– Tom Zamaria

Waddingham/Doctor- Abraham Hoffman

Media Award– Larry Swindell

Media Award- Tustin Area Historical Society

Media Award-  Deborah (Debbie) Zamaria



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Congrats to the deserving members! The great insights always! people literally enjoying the power of this amazing award! they must be feel good about their abilities.
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