Awards of Merit

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 awards is March 16, 2018.  Please submit the completed CCHS Award of Merit Nomination Form to John Shea at  Any changes in nomination deadline will be posted here.



2016 - 2017 Awards Committee

John Shea, Chair

Irene Almeida

Barbara Kimball

Daniel Munoz


Get started now on 2017-2018 entries!

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

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

Deadline: Wednesday, March 16, 2018 - Give yourself at least six weeks to develop your nomination. 

Check Rules and Categories:

Question(s): Ask Committee Chair John Shea at


2015-2016 AWARDS OF MERIT RECIPIENTS (Click here for awardees complete bios):

Individual Award – Anna Sklar, nominated by Diane Kanner: Los Angeles City Historical Society invaluable resource - website and public relations administration

Individual Award – Paul R. Spitzzeri, nominated by Victoria Torres: Boyle Heights Historical Society invaluable resource - blog, exhibits, and collection administration

Scholar/Authorship – Naomi Hirahara: Co-author of Terminal Island, Lost Communities of the Los Angeles Harbor

Scholar/Authorship – Geraldine Knatz: Co-author of Terminal Island, Lost Communities of the Los Angeles Harbor

Waddingham/Doctor – Betty R. Samson, nominated by the Placer County Historical Society invaluable resource - key contact person, Oral History Committee, and fund raising

Waddingham/Doctor – Scott Sedgley, nominated by the Napa County Historical Society invaluable resource - historical docent, boards member, and preservationist



Outstanding Regional Vice President for 2016 - Ralph Thomas, Region 29

President's Special Award - Ralph Thomas, Region 29

Ralph contributed in an exemplary way towards the future of CCHS by Chairing the Strategic Planning Committee providing the needed leadership and technical expertise for this critical organizational effort. Also, much thanks go to the rest of the Strategic Planning Committee for their individual efforts: Cim Castellon (RVP Program), Andrea Blachman (Audience Development), Todd Shulman (Knowledge Base), Allison Bruesehoff (Leadership Development), and John Lenau (Fund Development).

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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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