Annual Awards

Each year the Society acknowledges significant contributions made by individuals and organizations in the advancement of local historical knowledge and preservation. The awards are presented at our Annual Gala.

Our 2015 awards recipients: Loni Shibuyama (ONE archives), Joseph Hawkins (ONE archives), Martin Krieger, Gary Leonard, Regina O’Brien (Los Angeles Conservancy 2014), Chris Nichols (Los Angeles Conservancy 2014), Michael Sanborn (on behalf of the the Muller family). Photo: Michael Locke

Our 2015 awards recipients: Loni Shibuyama (ONE archives), Joseph Hawkins (ONE archives), Martin Krieger, Gary Leonard, Regina O’Brien (Los Angeles Conservancy 2014), Chris Nichols (Los Angeles Conservancy 2014), Michael Sanborn (on behalf of the the Muller family). Photo: Michael Locke

 

David G. Cameron Preservation Award

The David G. Cameron Preservation Award is named for preservationist and attorney David Cameron, who helped to found the Los Angeles Conservancy and was instrumental in saving the 1926 Los Angeles Central Library building. This honor is awarded for promoting preservation of our city's physical heritage.

2016  Las Angelitas del Pueblo
2015  Bill Muller of the Banning Museum
2014  LA Conservancy’s ModCom Committee
2013  Glenn Creason
2012  Jennifer A. Watts
2011  Dace Taube
2010  Christy Johnson McAvoy
2009  UCLA Library Special Collections
2008  Wayne Ratkovich
2007  Robert Marshall
2006  AC Martin Partners
2005  Los Angeles Public Library
2004  Ken Bernstein
2003  Roberta Greenwood
2002  Project Restore
2001  Tom Gilmore
2000  Jean Bruce Poole
1999 The Los Angeles Conservancy
1998  Huell Howser, KCET
1997  John Wellborne

 

J. Thomas Owen History Award

The J. Thomas Owen History Award is named in honor of librarian Tom Owen, a long-time fixture and friend at the Los Angeles Central Library, and an inexhaustible font of local historical knowledge who was always eager to assist researchers.

2016  Betsy Kalin
2014  D.J. Waldie
2013  LA as Subject
2012  Nick Curry
2011  Paddy Calistro and Scott McAuley
2010  Kevin Roderick and J. Eric Lynxwiler
2009  Abraham Hoffman
2008  Marc Wanamaker
2007  Leonard and Dale Pitt
2006  Michael Engh
2005  Tom Sitton
2004  Cecilia Rasmussen
2003  Glen Dawson of Dawson's Bookstore
2002  Gloria Ricci Lothrop
2001  Hynda L. Rudd
2000  Bill Mason

 

Miriam Matthews Award

The Miriam Matthews Award honors the first African-American librarian in the Los Angeles Public Library system, who was also a community activist and archivist. Recipients of this award have made important contributions to knowledge of Los Angeles's racial and ethnic past.

2016  Viet Thanh Nguyen
2015  ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
2013  Darnell Hunt and Anna Christine Ramon
2012  Arnett L. Hartsfield, Jr.
2011  Southern California Library
2010  Father Gregory Boyle
2009  La Opinion Newspaper
2008  The California African American Museum
2007  The Mayme Agnew Clayton Library and Museum
2006  The Japanese-American National Museum
2005  Lawrence de Graaf
2004  Carolyn Kozo Cole
2003  Munson Kwok and Suellen Cheng

 

Honorary life membership

Honorary life memberships to LACHS are awarded for actively supporting the pursuit of local history, in various forms. Recent recipients include:

2015  Martin Krieger
2013  Raphe Sonenshein
2012  Anton Calleia
2011  William Deverell
2010  Hugh Hefner
2009  Gil Garcetti
2008  John Welborne
2007  LA CityView Channel 35
2006  Jane Pisano
2005  The John Randolph Haynes & Dora Haynes Foundation
2004  Sue Laris
2004  Thomas F. Andrews
1999  Doyce Nunis
1998  J. Michael Carey
1997  Tom LaBonge

 

Special recognition

On occasion, LACHS recognizes certain unique individuals and institutions in honor of their contributions to the history of Los Angeles and their service to the community. Recent recipients include:

2015  Gary Leonard
2014  Tom LaBonge
2013  Lauren Bon, Metabolic Studio
2012  Geraldine Knatz & The Huntington Library
2011  Danny Munoz and The Getty Foundation
2009  The Farmers Market
2008  Ann Shea
2007  Ariane Smith
2006  The City Employees Club of Los Angeles
2005  Doyce B. Nunis, Jr.
2002  Joseph Northrop
2000  Sam Luna