Nominations for Coal Heritage Awards now being accepted

The National Coal Heritage Area Authority is accepting nominations of individuals, organizations and communities that have helped preserve coal history in the coalfields of southern West Virginia.

The Coal Heritage Authority created the heritage achievement awards to recognize the outstanding accomplishments and contributions made within the Heritage Area, consisting of the following counties: Boone, Cabell, Fayette, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Raleigh, Summers, Wayne, Wyoming and the Paint Creek and Cabin Creek watersheds in Kanawha.

Nominations must be received by August 15, 2015. The awards will be presented during the 2015 Miners’ Celebration October 1, 2015, at the Tamarack Conference Center.

The six award categories are:

The Excellence in Arts award acknowledges the creative efforts and artistic endeavors that bring coal history to life through the arts. This could include dramatic performances, visual arts, music composition or recordings.

The Coal Heritage Marketing award will be presented for an outstanding marketing program promoting an attraction, community or event. This includes brochures, print ads, website design, earned media pieces, television or radio ads.

The Coal Heritage Interpretation award will honor the achievements in interpreting coal heritage. This could include exhibits, walking tours, interpretative brochures, audio guides, travel guides, docent interpretation or guided tours.

The Coal Heritage Preservation award will recognize an exceptional project that preserves artifacts or structures relating to coal heritage, including historic building renovation or restoration, adaptive re-use of historic buildings, designation of historic districts, oral history collections, or artifact restoration or display.

The Coal Heritage Research and Documentation award will be presented for an outstanding research project with a focus within the Heritage Area. This includes but is not limited to, articles, books, oral history projects, websites or photography collections.

The Nick Joe Rahall Award for Outstanding Achievement in Coal Heritage Preservation honors someone who exemplifies the spirit of hard work of the men and women of past coal communities. This award is given to acknowledge years of service and dedication the individual has made to coal heritage projects with significant impact in the Heritage Area and nationally.

To receive nomination forms, contact the National Coal Heritage office at 304-465-3720 or by emailing Linda Hawkins at [email protected]

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