Gordon Olson Award

Recognizing Outstanding Contributions to Local History

Gordon Olson Award Contribution to Local History

We are now accepting nominations for the 5th Gordon Olson Award. 

Do you know someone who has made outstanding contributions to local history? Someone who has used history to give voice to diverse communities? Please consider nominating them for the Kutsche Office of Local History’s 2018 Gordon Olson Award. Nominations will be accepted through February 16, 2018

Established in 2014, the Gordon Olson Award will be given to one individual each year. Named in honor of Gordon Olson, former Grand Rapids City Historian, whose books, leadership, programming, mentorship, and advocacy have inspired generations of West Michigan residents, the award is intended to recognize individuals whose work embodies the Kutsche Office’s mission, “Using history to give voice to diverse communities.” The award is announced at the Annual Local History Roundtable. Recipients are given a commemorative plaque and are recognized through Kutsche Office publicity and local news media.

Please complete this form to nominate and feel free to contact us with any questions. kutsche@gvsu.edu or 616-331-8099.

2017 award was given to Wallace Ewing and Margaret (Peg) Finkelstein. 
2016 award was given to Carl Bajema. Finalists for the award included Jeff Smith and John McGarry.
2015 award was given to Sook Wilkinson. Finalists for the award included Cindy Laug and Lori Shusta.

4th annual winners

4th Annual Award Winners: Wallace Ewing and Peg Finkelstein with Gordon Olson and Kimberly McKee (2017).

Gordon and Paul

Paul Kutsche and Gordon Olson in 2014 as Gordon receives the inaugural award.  

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