R&LHS makes annual awards for contributions of lasting value to the interpretation of North American railroad history and its contexts. The awards committee accepts suggestions from members through May 30 each year. To make a suggestion, please include a paragraph telling the committee why you believe R&LHS should give the award. The awards committee makes the nominations and selects the winners. The R&LHS does not conduct its awards program as an annual competition or contest. There are no application forms. Awards are not given posthumously.
The winner in each category will receive national recognition through the R&LHS, an award certificate, and $250.
George W. and Constance M. Hilton Book Award. An outstanding work, published in the three year
period 2017, 2016, or 2015 of lasting value to the interpretation of North America's
railroading history. Only one volume of a multi-volume work can be nominated for this award. Please let us know where we can get sample copies for the awards committee.
David P. Morgan Article Award. An outstanding article or paper, with a
cover published date of 2017, 2016, or 2015 of lasting significance to the interpretation
of North America's railroading history. Please let us know where we can get sample copies for the awards committee.
Fred A. and Jane R. Stindt Photography Award. A significant body of work over a
long period of time, or a single photographic project or publication, making an
outstanding contribution to the photographic interpretation of North America's railroading
Gerald M. Best Senior Achievement Award. For significant and long-standing
contributions to the writing, preservation, and interpretation of railroad history.
Railroad Documentary Award. An outstanding video project, released in the three-year period 2017, 0r 2016, 2015 that creatively and accurately educates viewers about one or more aspects of North America's railroading history. The documentary must be easy to follow, concise, and deliver a message that is clearly understood.
The award recognizes outstanding videos in two categories--hobbyist/student produced with no budget and professionally produced with a budget. In film, the scope/budget/parties involved have much more influence on the final product than a single photographer and the image. That is the reason for two categories. Nominations are made by a subcommittee of the R&LHS awards committee.
R&LHS must be permitted to showcase and upload submissions including online or public presentations.
Applicants are responsible for securing authorization/permission from copyright owners. Inclusion of copyright materials without consent, approval, or permission will render a submission void.
Submissions must be made via an unlisted or password protected YouTube or Vimeo page or uploaded to Dropbox, Google Drive or similar uploading site. Files should be submitted in Quicktime Format (.mov).