Each year for the past thirty years, the AKCHO Annual Awards Program
has recognized individuals and organizations for excellence and dedication in identifying, preserving, and sharing the heritage of King County. This acknowledgment from peers is significant and always well-deserved. Once again, it is time to identify nominees for the annual Awards Program. Or, as my husband calls it, “Oh no – not AKCHO…”
Take a few minutes to visit the AKCHO website and review the different award categories and program guidelines. The process is simple although it can become more difficult if you wait until the last minute. Consider designating a reliable team to help with the nomination. Place someone in charge of finding appropriate photos while another can track down additional relevant support materials such as newspaper or website articles or exhibit guides. Still another can identify a few persons who can write a letter of support for the individual or project – and follow through to make sure they do get written and returned in a timely manner. If it is a school project, ask the principal, a teacher, student, or parent to write a letter – if it is a museum or book project, ask your mayor or councilman to describe the impact on the community. While a person cannot nominate him or herself, an organization can (and should) nominate their own project or event – in this case, it is always good to have a letter from the President of the Historical Society or Director of the Museum.
I have told those who ask about the nomination process that a well-written nomination can take the place of – or enhance – other support materials. Remember, you can only have five support materials, so choose wisely. You might think about using pertinent quotes from newspaper articles or a newsletter as part of the nomination itself – you might not need the whole article. Those who participate in reading the nominations and weighing in on which ones they feel deserve their vote, might not know your nominee – or have visited your museum – or attended your event, so that is why a well-written and well- supported nomination is key.
The deadline to receive nominations is Tuesday, February 19 – less than three weeks away! If you are sending the nomination packet via e-mail, please gather all of your materials, letters, photos/etc. and send them to me all together. ( I will not follow up with individuals for you to see if they are submitting specific materials.) And please, do not send all materials together in a zipfile – it is hard for me to open them on my computer. If you have exhibit cards or other prepared materials that you would like to be placed in the committee packets as one of your support materials, please send 15 copies via mail or drop them off – I only copy in black and white.
You have until midnight on February 19 to submit your nomination via e-mail. If you use snail mail, the nomination packet needs to be postmarked by February 19 – you will find my name and address on the bottom of the nomination form. You are also welcome to drop packets by my house in West Seattle – if I am not at home, usually Cranky Hank is. I will send the nominator (named on the nomination form) a confirmation e-mail as soon as I have received a nomination so you will know it has been received. My cell phone number is 20-617-5218 (leave a message if I do not pick up) and my e-mail address is email@example.com.
The Awards Committee encourages you to submit (or champion) a nomination and we look forward to reviewing it. King County is so blessed to have such amazing heritage community and the AKCHO Awards continue to be an incredible opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of many.