Georgia Historical Society Awards

The Georgia Historical Society recognizes individuals and organizations that have helped to ensure a future for Georgia’s past through dedicated scholarship, programming, and altruism through a variety of awards programs. From awards recognizing excellence in local history across state, to publication awards, to the annual induction of new Georgia Trustees by the Governor, GHS is proud to acknowledge those who advance knowledge and understanding of the rich and diverse history of our state.


Georgia Trustees

The highest honor bestowed by the state of Georgia, the Georgia Trustees continue the tradition of Non Sibi, Sed Aliis, “not for self, but for others,” adopted by the original Trustees who founded the colony of Georgia in 1733. The Governor of Georgia inducts new Trustees at the annual GHS Trustees Gala in February. More information on this honor can be found here.


Distinguished Fellow

The Georgia Historical Society Distinguished Fellow Program is an honorary membership bestowed for exceptional achievement in the field of scholarly historical research and in recognition of signal service to the Georgia Historical Society. Selection as a Distinguished Fellow is based entirely on merit and is therefore the highest level of membership offered by the Georgia Historical Society.

More information on this honor can be found here.

Past Recipients

2015: Gary W. Gallagher

2014: Edward L. Ayers


The John Macpherson Berrien Award

The Berrien Award is given for a lifetime of achievement in and service to Georgia history. This merit-based award is given at the discretion of the Georgia Historical Society. The award was established in 2000 and named in honor of John Macpherson Berrien, one of the founders of GHS and the Society’s first president. He also served in the U.S. Senate and as Attorney General.

Previous Winners

2016: John C. Inscoe, Ph.D., Athens

2015: Bill Jones III, Sea Island

2014: Howard J. Morrison, Jr., Savannah

2013: Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr., Decatur

2012: Beverly “Bo” DuBose III, Atlanta

2011: Lisa L. White, Savannah

2010-2009: Don and Kaye Kole, Savannah

2008: Bradley Hale, Atlanta

2007: Tom Watson Brown, Atlanta (posthumous)

2006: Craig Barrow III, Savannah

2005: W. W. Abbot, Charlottesville, VA

2004: George Hooks, Americus

2003: Emma & Lee Adler, Savannah

2002: Edwin L. Jackson, Athens

2001: Edward J. Cashin, Augusta

2000: Malcolm Bell, Jr. (posthumous)


Sarah Nichols Pinckney Volunteer of the Year Award

This award recognizes individuals and groups who have selflessly contributed their time and resources to advance the mission of the Georgia Historical Society. It is named in honor of Sarah Pinckney, who for many years has given so generously of her time and resources to this organization. This merit-based award is given at the discretion of the Georgia Historical Society.

Previous Winners

2015: Tammie Mosely, Savannah

2014: Vincent J. Dooley, Athens

2013: Ellen B. Bolch, Savannah

2012: Edwin Jackson, Athens

2011: Paul M. Pressly, Savannah

2010: Buddy Sullivan, Richmond Hill

2009: The Savannah Jewish Archives, Savannah

2008: Archie H. Davis, Savannah

2007: Dolly Chisholm, Savannah

2006: Darlene Wilson, Savannah

2005: Lara Gill, Sumter Historic Trust

2004: Savannah Area Genealogical Association

2003: Leigh Lawless, Savannah

2002: Gordon Varnedoe & Harry Jennings, Savannah

2001: Rita Trotz, Savannah

2000: Lorraine Warlick, Savannah

1999: Robert Glenn, Savannah


History in the Media Award

This award is presented to the individual, news agency, or media outlet that demonstrates an outstanding commitment to coverage of history related topics, and thereby increases public awareness and understanding of our past. This merit-based award is given at the discretion of the Georgia Historical Society.

Previous Winners

2016: Natalie Hendrix

2015: Georgia Trend Magazine

2014: WSAV

2013: Tom Barton, Savannah Morning News

2012: Rickey Bevington

2008: WTOC

2007: WSAV-TV

2006: New Georgia Encyclopedia

2003: Georgia Public Broadcasting


Affiliate Chapter Awards

Presented annually, these awards to members of the GHS Affiliate Chapter Program recognize excellence in programming and scholarship by local historical organizations across the state. Nominations for Roger K. Warlick Local History Achievement Awards are accepted in the fall and winter of each year. GHS also recognizes an Affiliate Chapter of the Year for exceptional work in the field of public history.


Publication Awards

GHS recognizes excellence in the research and writing of Georgia history through a variety of awards for scholars and writers. For more information on these programs, please visit our Publication Awards page.