New Professional Award

Two $500 travel grants to encourage new professionals, practicing public history for no more than three years, to attend the 2016 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

2015 Winners

HRA New Professional Travel Award Winner
Rebecca Onion,

NCPH New Professional Travel Award Winner
Abby Curtin, Cleveland Restoration Society

Submission Guidelines

The National Council on Public History offers two $500 travel grants to encourage new professionals to attend the NCPH 2016 annual meeting: 2016 award winners will attend the meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, March 16-19. (New professionals are individuals, such as recent graduates of public history programs, who have been working within the public history profession for less than three years.) Each award recipient will  be presented with a certificate and a cash award during the awards breakfast at the annual meeting.  One of the New Professional Awards is underwritten each year by Historical Research Associates, Inc.  Award winners receive complimentary registration for for the awards breakfast.


Applicants must be members of NCPH, must have been practicing public historians for no more than three (3) years, and must have no institutional travel support to attend the annual meeting.

Award Criteria

Applicants should submit a cover sheet, a current c.v. or resume, and a letter explaining how attendance at the annual meeting would be professionally beneficial. Applications will be judged on the strength of the c.v. and the persuasiveness of the letter.

Submission Process

E-mail submissions only.

The nomination may be emailed in ONE document to each of the the four New Professional Award Committee members and to [email protected]. State “New Professional Award” clearly in the subject line. Nominations must be sent in ONE complete document (MS Word or PDF).

Nominations must be received no later than December 1, 2015.  Late submissions will not be considered.

Questions?  [email protected]; (317) 274-2716

Past New Professional Award Winners

Since 2004, two awards are given, one of which is underwritten by Historical Research Associates, Inc.


  • Susan C. Hall, Brea Museum & Heritage Center
  • Ricardo Santhiago, Universidade Federal Fluminense


  • Claire Jerry, Curator, Paul Findley Archives, Illinois College
  • Caroline Muglia, Archivist, American Council of Learned Societies, Library of Congress


  • Lauren Brincat, Museum of the City of New York
  • Julia Brock, University of California Santa Barabara


From 2003-2011, New Professional Award winners wrote an article for the Summer/June issue of the NCPH newsletter,Public History News. Please see the links and pages below.

  • Erik Christiansen, Rhode Island College (pg 10)
  • Nicole Annette Moore, Culture and Heritage Museums in Rock Hill, North Carolina (pg 10)


  • Alisha Cromwell, Living City Preservation (pg 14)
  • Laura McDowell, The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, the Newberry Library, and the Edgewater Historical Society (pg 14)


  • Meghan Bishop, Tyron Palace Historic Sites and Garden (pg 11)
  • Santi Thompson, Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina (no article available)


  • Peter Friesen, Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation at Historic St. Mary’s City (pg 8)
  • John Dickinson, Georgia Historical Society and Costal Oral History Project (pg 8)


  • Leigh Cutler, Historical Research Associates, Inc. (pg 19)
  • Lee Wittmann, Independent Historian (pg 14)


  • Stephen Light, Columbia County Historical Society (pg 9)
  • Kate Navarra Thibodeau, Wistariahurst Museum (pg 9)


  • Kris Woll, Gotham Center for New York City History (pg 6)
  • Jennifer Ross-Nazzal, NASA Johnson Space Center (pg 6)


  • David Cline, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (pg 6)
  • Allison Marsh, National Museum of American History (pg 6)


  • Brian Buff, Albany County Historical Association (pg 7)


  • Edward Salo, Geo-Marine, Inc.


  • James Holton, Polk County Historical Museum


  • Michael Kelleher, Building Conservation Associates


First year presented

  • Douglas Dodd, California Department of Transportation