State Historic Preservation Office Awards

Each year, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recognizes achievements in historic preservation by presenting awards in Public Education and Awareness and Preservation Merit.

The Public Education and Awareness Award is for increasing interest in historic preservation. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, media, newsletters, publications, interpretation, original research, educational programs and special events which have substantially increased public understanding and awareness of historic preservation at the local, regional, or state level.

The Preservation Merit Award is for preserving Ohio's prehistory, history, architecture or culture. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, restoring, rehabilitating, or otherwise preserving an important building or site, longtime stewardship of a property, promoting protective legislation, funding preservation projects, offering leadership, support, or service, and furthering preservation at the local, regional, or state level.

Submit a Nomination

Nominations are due on June 1 each year and recipients are announced in the fall.*

Click here to download the fillable nomination form

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