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Nominations being accepted for annual Sharlot Hall Award

Since 1984, the “Sharlot Hall Award” has been presented annually to an Arizona woman, recognizing her contributions to the understanding and awareness of Arizona and its history.

Nominations for consideration are being accepted for this prestigious award presented by the Sharlot Hall Museum, with a deadline for submission of May 31.

Named in honor of the first woman to hold public office in the territory and namesake of the Museum, the Sharlot Hall Award recognizes the valuable contributions of women in creating Arizona’s heritage, in preserving its history, and contributing to public awareness and understanding of the territory and state of Arizona.

The recognition is announced in July, and the award is presented during the Western History Symposium set for Saturday, August 4. Recent recipients include Nancy Kirkpatrick Wright, Winifred Bundy, Sylvia Neely and Dr. Reba Wells Grandrud.

Notable previous recipients include: Mary Jane Peace Pyle, Heidi Osselaer, Elisabeth Ruffner, Mona Lange McCroskey, Margaret Maxwell, Polly Rosenbaum, Constance Wynn Altshular and many others.

Whether an author or editor, historian, storytelling guide, educator, television documentary producer, politician, or preservationist, Sharlot Hall Award recipients are noted for their collective passion for preserving and promoting the history and heritage of Arizona.

“What makes this Award special,” explains Fred Veil, executive director of the Museum for which the award is named, “is that recipients are recognized today, rather than posthumously, for their diligent efforts to extend public awareness of, and to preserve our Arizona history.”

Nomination forms are available online at the Museum’s website: For additional information, contact Brenda Taylor, librarian and archivist at the Museum, at 928-445-3122 ext. 14, or


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