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.
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.
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.
2020: John Duncan, Savannah
2019: Ross Rossin, Atlanta
2018: Wyckliffe Knox, Jr.; Shell Knox; Augusta
2017: Robert L. Brown, Jr., Decatur
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.
2021: AT&T Pioneers – NW Metro Council
2020: Dr. William T. Moore and Mrs. Linda T. Moore, Savannah
2019: Tony Parrott, Fayetteville
2018: Charlie Crawford, Brookhaven
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.
2016: Natalie Hendrix
2015: Georgia Trend Magazine
2013: Tom Barton, Savannah Morning News
2012: Rickey Bevington
2006: New Georgia Encyclopedia
2003: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Affiliate Chapter Awards
GHS recognizes an Affiliate Chapter of the Year for exceptional work in the field of public history. View a list of past winners.
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.
The Retired Awards page compiles recipients of awards that are no longer given by GHS.