Hilliard Honored for Volunteerism and Leadership

As secretary/treasurer of the Mississippi Historical Society and MDAH director emeritus, Elbert R. Hilliard has been honored twice in the last month for his volunteerism. Hilliard received the President’s Call to Service Award and the Award of Meritorious Leadership in Mississippi History and Genealogy.

Since his retirement in 2004 Hilliard has served more than 14,000 hours recognizing outstanding history teachers throughout the state, working to improve social studies education, and providing editorial assistance for the Heritage of Mississippi Series, Journal of Mississippi History, Mississippi History Newsletter, and other materials. The standard for the lifetime achievement award is 4,000 volunteer hours over a lifetime.  The award was presented to Hilliard at the department’s Board of Trustees meeting held in June.  Included with the award was a letter from President Barack Obama congratulating him on his service.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is administered by the Points of Light Institute.

The Order of the First Families of Mississippi: 1699-1817 presented Hilliard with the Award of Meritorious Leadership in Mississippi History and Genealogy at its First Families Spring General Assembly in Natchez.

Established in 1994 the annual award honors a person who has made outstanding contributions in these areas through research, publications, and historic preservation.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, contact Elizabeth Coleman, Volunteer Services Administrator, at ecoleman@mdah.state.ms.us or call 601-576-6985.

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