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Governor's Heritage Preservation Honor Awards


The Arizona Preservation Foundation and the State Historic Preservation Office/Arizona State Parks invite your nominations for the annual Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Awards. Each year awards are given to individuals, businesses, organizations, and/or projects in recognition of outstanding achievements in preserving Arizona’s prehistoric and historic resources.


The mission of the Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Awards is to:

  • Promote public awareness of historic preservation in the state of Arizona

  • Publicly recognize the varied contributions by volunteers, professionals, organizations, and agencies to promote the goals of historic preservation

  • Identify and recognize educational, community, non-profit, and private-sector heritage projects that demonstrate excellence in design and execution


This year, presentation of the awards will take place at a special luncheon on Thursday, June 18, 2020, in conjunction with the 2020 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 2100 South Priest Drive, Tempe, Arizona.


While there are no specific categories, nominations can address any aspect of heritage preservation achievement including: restoration, rehabilitation, stabilization, or preservation efforts by individuals, businesses, organizations, or communities that have had a positive effect on our historic or cultural resources; contribution to increasing awareness of preservation through activities or educational programs; or outstanding achievement towards preservation of historic or archaeological resources. Successful nominations will be completed projects or undertakings that have resulted in clear, demonstrable benefit to the public or subject resource.


Selection of Honor Awards and Grand Award


A panel of judges representing the fields of archaeology, architecture, history, and preservation will review the nominations. Honor Award winners will be chosen and announced before the conference; the James W. Garrison Heritage Award winner will be chosen from among the winners and announced at the end of the ceremony.

Additional documentation may be requested from nominees of those winners, including professional biographical information, an expanded description of the project, a list of project participants, and additional photos and/or slides. View past Honor Award recipients here.​


Nomination Package


Nominations must include a completed nomination form, supporting materials, and photographs on a CD, DVD or Flash Drive. Digital photographs, especially “before” and “after” shots of projects, must be included to aid in judging the nomination and recognize the recipients in the awards presentation, press materials, and website. Adequate supportive information, such as additional narrative, may also be included to convey the importance of the accomplishment to be nominated. A minimum of ten photos is suggested.


Format of Supportive Materials


Submissions must include a CD, DVD, or Flash Drive of photos for multimedia use, as well as a printed copy of the photos. High-quality digital submissions of visual materials are required, and will be used in visual presentations of the award winners at the awards ceremony. Submit digital images on a CD, DVD or Flash Drive in TIFF, JPEG, or PNG format. Include a reference page with file names and descriptions for photos.

The printed/photocopied photos should be on 8.5” x 11” paper. Black & white photographs are acceptable, however color may be needed to convey important information. Maps, graphs, or drawings that convey the project and its location are encouraged. All submitted materials will become the property of the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office and will not be returned.


How to Submit


Completed nominations and support material must be received by close of business, Friday, March 13, 2020, to Eric Vondy, State Historic Preservation Office, 1100 W. Washington St., Phoenix AZ 85007-2935. If you have questions, contact Eric Vondy at 602-542-6998 or

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