Award Nominations now being Accepted

The Department of Archives and History is accepting nominations for the Capers, Carr Black, and Welty Awards recognizing excellence in the preservation, interpretation, and presentation of Mississippi history.

In 2007 the department received a contribution to establish achievement awards in honor of Patti Carr Black and in memory of Eudora Welty and Charlotte Capers.

“It was the original intent of the donor to honor these outstanding Mississippians and their efforts, and we’re pleased to be a part of that process,” said Trey Porter, Community Relations director. “We want as many nominations as possible.”

Recipients will be selected by the board of trustees of the Department of Archives and History biennially as merited. The 2013 Black-Capers-Welty Awards will each carry a $300 cash prize.

Capers Award for Outstanding Archival Achievement

The Capers Award recognizes small and medium-sized institutions or organizations whose mission is to acquire, preserve, and provide access to materials of enduring historical value. The award may also be given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to such an institution or organization or to such efforts.

Carr Black Award for Outstanding Museum Achievement

The Black Award recognizes museums in Mississippi that are doing outstanding work in preserving, interpreting, and presenting public aspects of Mississippi history, art, or culture. The award may also be given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to such an institution or to such efforts.

Welty Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Letters

The Welty Award recognizes institutions or organizations that have done outstanding work in preserving, interpreting, promoting, or presenting to the public great works of art, music, theater, or literature by a Mississippian. The award may also be given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to such an institution or organization or to such efforts.

Nominations for the awards will be accepted through February 28, 2013. All nominations must include one copy of the official nomination form available on the department’s Web site, mdah.state.ms.us, and may also include other material supporting the nomination. Award winners will be selected at the April meeting of the board of trustees.

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