Hollywood has its Oscars, Broadway has its Tonys, the music industry has its Grammys, and for the past 33 years the field of Garden State history has its own awards, which are given out each year to individuals and organizations by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.
The 2007 awards will be presented at the Historical Commission's Annual Conference, which this year will be held on November 17 at the Trenton Marriott.
The Commission’s highest honor, the Richard J. Hughes Award, is presented to an individual for lifetime achievement in the field of New Jersey history. The 2007 recipient is noted author Thomas Fleming, who has written more than 40 books, among them Forgotten Victory: The Battle of New Jersey and Liberty!: The American Revolution. Fleming is the President of the Society of American Historians, and has frequently appeared on the History Channel, PBS, A&E, C-Span.
The Richard P. McCormick prize for the best scholarly publication of the year will go to the book After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post Industrial City by Professor Howard Gillette of Rutgers University.
Also, seven awards of recognition will be presented to the following organizations and individuals:
- Charles Eckhardt and Bob McAvoy for their two-volume Our Brothers Gone Before, a work documenting Civil War veterans buried in New Jersey cemeteries.
- Monmouth County Archives for its outstanding accomplishments in the areas of collections care, service to the public, and leadership in the field of New Jersey history.
- Morris County Park Commission, Historic Sites Division for its exemplary work in preserving and interpreting the historic sites in its care.
- Friends of the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse/Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Commission for their careful and determined efforts to restore and care for Hereford Inlet Lighthouse.
- Trenton Downtown Association for its work to educate the public about the Battles of Trenton and Princeton through its popular Patriot's Week events.
- Professor Richard Veit of Rider University for his many contributions to the study of New Jersey history through the discipline of archaeology.