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2023 Nomination form

1)  Nominee must have made a notable historic contribution to Austin-Travis County which could be one that occurred during 2023, or cumulative achievements toward local history made over many years. This could include extraordinary efforts in creating or preserving a historic landmark, restoration or preservation of objects of historic cultural significance, establishment or long term involvement of Oral History projects or youth leadership and education as it pertains to history.


2)  Nomination for the award is a two-step process. Both the online nomination form (below) and submission of supporting materials via email are required. The supporting materials must include a summary of the reason the nominee is being nominated. Failure to complete this requirement will disqualify the nominee. 


3)  Nominee may live in Central Texas but the contribution must be in Travis County. If the nominee has moved from Central Texas, but their contribution(s) or achievements were made while living in Central Texas, they are eligible.


4)  Nominees should not be members of the board or staff of the Austin History Center Association or staff of the Austin History Center.


5)  Former winners of the Hart Award are not eligible.


6)  Nominations received after April 12, 2024 will not be considered. Both steps of the nomination process - the online nomination form and the supporting materials sent via email - must be received before Midnight CDT April 12th, 2024. Partial nominations, unfortunately, will be disqualified.

Timeline for 2023 Nomination

February, 2024

Request for nominations to the public

April 12. 2024

Nomination deadline

April 19, 2024

All qualified nominations submitted to panel of judges

May 17, 2024

Selection of Hart Award winner for 2023

June, 2024

Presentation of 2023 Hart Award at AHCA Annual Meeting


Former chair of the Katherine Drake Hart Award, Charles Peveto (left) and the late Bob Coffee, a founding member of the Austin History Center Association, hold "Pop the Whip," Coffee's sculpture, which is presented each year to the winner of the Katherine Drake Hart Award.

2023 Nomination form

Nominations for the 2023 Katherine Drake Hart Award must be submitted through the following

two-step process:


Step 1 - Nomination form - Fill out and submit the form below. Please provide information for all fields.

Step 2 - Email supporting material - Gather and send supporting materials to Supporting materials should help illustrate the nomination narrative and can include:

  • concise description describing the nominee’s contributions (maximum 600 words, not to exceed two double-spaced pages)

  • Up to six photographs or other illustrations (.jpg or .tif format, at least 300 dpi resolution)

  • Up to three newspaper articles (in .pdf format) 

  • A head shot of the nominee to be used for publicity purposes (.jpg or .tif format, at least 300 dpi resolution)


The nomination and supporting documentation will be considered for addition to the biography files of the Austin History Center.​

The nomination form and supporting materials must be submitted no later than April 12, 2024.

Be sure to email supporting materials by April 12, 2024 to:


June, 2024

*This may be a Virtual Event*


Thank you very much.

Martha Hartzog

Katherine Drake Hart, History Preservation Award Chair

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