Nominations for the Capers, Carr Black, and Welty Awards, given every other year, are due by February 28, 2013. These three awards recognize excellence in the preservation, interpretation, and presentation of Mississippi history.
In 2007 the Foundation for Mississippi History received a contribution to establish achievement awards in honor of Patti Carr Black and in memory of Eudora Welty and Charlotte Capers. After the nomination period is complete, recipients are reviewed by the board of trustees of the Department of Archives and History and the award winners are selected at their April board meeting. The 2013 Capers-Carr Black-Welty Awards each carry a $300 cash prize.
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.
The Carr 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.
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.
All nominations must include one copy of the official nomination form and may also include other material supporting the nomination. Award winners will be selected at the April meeting of the board of trustees. A nomination form is available here.
For additional information, email the Office of Community Relations or call (601) 576-5809.
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is the second-oldest state department of archives and history in the United States. The department collects, preserves, and provides access to the archival resources of the state, administers various museums and historic sites, and oversees statewide programs for historic preservation, state and local government records management, and publications. For more information about MDAH, please call 601-576-6850 or visit the MDAH Web site.