Local History Awards
Do you know someone who has restored a historic building, created an educational program related to our county history or devoted a lifetime to preserving our heritage? These awards recognize individuals, organizations, and communities who have made outstanding contributions to the study, practice, and preservation of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin history.
Nine distinct awards with varying criteria are presented annually by the Manitowoc County Historical Society.
Nomination forms can be found at the museum and below. Awards will be given out at our Annual Meeting. Nominations are due by December 1.
Hugo and Eleanor Vetting Restoration
The Hugo and Eleanor Vetting Restoration Award recognizes restorations of historic structures. A restoration project accurately preserves or replicates the majority of the original interior and exterior building materials to an earlier condition and appearance based on historical or physical evidence and the same or a related building use is often enabled to continue. These awards are open to projects completed within Manitowoc County within the last three years. The award is named after the Vetting family, who paved the way for Manitowoc County's largest restoration project - Pinecrest Historical Village - with the donation of their 40 acre farm.
Armond Kueter Educator Impact
Established in honor of longtime MCHS leader and volunteer Armond Kueter, the Educator Impact Award celebrates and empowers outstanding educators. The Armond Kueter Educator Impact Award recognizes a community educator who empowers the next generation to discover the stories of our past.
Lisa Rohrer Square Nail FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE
In 2010, we lost a wonderful volunteer and member of our MCHS family, Lisa Rohrer. She inspired us with her strength and her ability to overcome challenges. It is in her memory that we present our Annual Lisa Rohrer Volunteer Service award. Volunteers must have completed service to MCHS in the current year and has completed long-term volunteer achievement.
Dillon Mueller Youth Service
Dillon Mueller served his community well as an Eagle Scout and assisted with many projects for MCHS. It is in his honor and memory that we will present the Dillon Mueller Youth Service Award. Volunteers must be under the age of 21 and have completed volunteer work for MCHS in the last 3 years.
President's Volunteer Service
The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted, permanent residents of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime. The award is given at the discretion of the Manitowoc County Historical Society Board of Directors and Staff for volunteers with over 250 hours of service.
Emil Baensch Advocacy
This award is presented to a group, business or government entity that promotes an awareness of Manitowoc County History through exemplary activities, projects, programs, services, or publications. Named after the Society's first president and founding member, the award is given to honor an advocate for local history preservation, outreach, or project.
Bob Fay Lifetime Achievement
Named after our first Director, the Bob Fay Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has a long and outstanding history of dedication and distinguished service to the cause of history in Manitowoc County.