Sharlot Hall Award

Since 1984, the Sharlot Hall Award has been presented annually to a living Arizona woman in recognition of her valuable contributions to the understanding and awareness of Arizona and its history.  Named in honor of the first woman to hold public office in the territory and namesake of the Museum, the Sharlot Hall Award recognizes the collective passion for preserving and promoting the history and heritage of Arizona. As early as 1907, Sharlot Hall saw the need to save Arizona’s history and planned to develop a museum.  For the remainder of her life, she worked to preserve Arizona’s historic past, and her diligent efforts inspired others to continue contributing to the preservation of early Arizona and American history. Whether an author or editor, historian, storytelling guide, educator, television documentary producer, politician, or preservationist, Sharlot Hall Award recipients are noteworthy and include: Mary Jane Peace Pyle, Heidi Osselaer, Elisabeth Ruffner, Mona Lange McCroskey, Margaret Maxwell, Polly Rosenbaum, Constance Wynn Altshular, and many others. According to former director Fred Veil, “What makes this Award special is that recipients are recognized today, rather than posthumously, for their diligent efforts to extend public awareness of, and to preserve our Arizona history.” If you would like to nominate someone for the Sharlot Hall Award, please click the button below for the Nomination form, complete it and send to the Sharlot Hall Museum by the deadline noted on the form and include the associated materials regarding your nominee.

To view previous honorees, click here. The 2020 Sharlot Hall Award will be presented virtually to Joan Meacham at the 18th annual Western History Symposium, November 6, 2021. The Symposium is held annually at the Prescott Centennial Center.
Congratulations to the 2021 and 2022 Sharlot Hall Award recipients!
Recipient of the 2021 Sharlot Hall Award is Susan Deaver Olberding—a Historian, Author, and Preservationist.
Recipient of the 2022 Sharlot Hall Award is Ruth Jordan Van Epps—an Arizonan Pioneer Family, Historian and Educator.
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