6th Annual 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 2019 Gordon Olson Award. (Nominations will be accepted through February 15, 2019.)

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. This year’s Roundtable will take place March 14, 2019 on GVSU’s Seidman Campus in Grand Rapids. Recipients are given a commemorative plaque and are recognized through Kutsche Office publicity and local news media.

The deadline for accepting nominations is February 15, 2019.

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Nominee Information


Using the Kutsche Office mission,"using history to give voice to diverse communities" as your guide, please tell us why you believe this nominee should be considered. Please limit your comments to 250 words. If you wish, you may also attach the nominee's CV, an additional letter of recommendation, or other relevant material to support your nomination. 

Thank you very much for making this nomination. We at the Kutsche Office  appreciate your interest and support.