The Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) announced Dec. 16 a new awards program to recognize the work of organizations, museums, and individuals who use NHHC publications, documents, and artifacts in exhibits, published research, preservation, or lectures to publicly share the story of the U.S. Navy.

The objective of the Navy History and Heritage Awards (NHHA) is to encourage and publicize scholarship about Navy history.

“There are many private, non-government museums telling great stories about the history of the U.S. Navy to the American public,” said Rear Admiral Sam Cox, director of NHHC. “In recognition of this great work, which greatly benefits today’s Navy, I’m pleased to establish this program to reward excellence in supporting a better understanding of naval history. These awards are for those museums that serve as force multipliers in informing the public of our Navy’s history and the importance of sea power to the security of the nation.”

The program will honor well-researched and accurate history in three categories:

  • the Navy History and Heritage Excellence Pennant (History “E”) for large, medium, small, or other-sized artifacts recognizes overall excellence in telling compelling and accurate stories of service at sea,
  • the Maintenance Excellence Pennant (Maintenance “E”) for large, medium, small, or other-sized artifacts recognizes excellence in preservation of macro artifacts such as ships and aircraft, and
  • the Curatorial Excellence Pennant (Curatorial “C”) award will have one winner and recognizes those who go the extra mile to interpret and curate historical navy artifacts to accurately relay the history of Sailors and ships at sea during peace and war.

Amplifying information such as eligibility requirements and submission forms and guidelines can be found online on the NHHC website at

The deadline for submission in the inaugural year of the awards covering calendar year 2020 is June 1, 2021.
 “We’re looking forward to seeing and sharing examples of the great work being done in all corners to make Navy history relevant to modern audiences,” said Cox.

Naval History and Heritage Command, located at the Washington Navy Yard, is responsible for the preservation, analysis, and dissemination of U.S. naval history and heritage. It provides the knowledge foundation for the Navy by maintaining historically relevant resources and products that reflect the Navy's unique and enduring contributions through our nation's history, and supports the fleet by assisting with and delivering professional research, analysis, and interpretive services. NHHC is composed of many activities including the Navy Department Library, the Navy Operational Archives, the Navy art and artifact collections, underwater archeology, Navy histories, ten museums, USS Constitution repair facility and the historic ship Nautilus.

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