Richard O. Hathaway Award

Richard Hathaway

The Richard O. Hathaway Award is presented annually to an individual, group or organization recognized as making an outstanding contribution to the field of Vermont history. Projects may include, but are not limited to, publications, exhibits, works of art, documentary films, radio programs, websites, and dramatic works.

The Hathaway Award was created to stimulate outstanding work in the field of Vermont history. It is dedicated to the memory of Richard O. Hathaway, whose lifelong work teaching Vermont history was an inspiration to his colleagues and to the many students he taught and mentored, both inside and outside academia.

Guidelines and Application

Individuals, groups, or organizations may apply or be nominated. Applications are due at the Vermont Historical Society by July 15th of each year. The award will be presented at the Society's annual meeting.  Applications will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Informs and enlightens the audience about Vermont history.
  • Creatively conceived and skillfully produced.
  • Historically accurate and well-researched.
  • Reaches a popular, preferably wide and diverse, audience.
  • Helps to preserve or document Vermont history.

Download a copy of the application.

Who was Richard O. Hathaway?

Past winners

For more information about the award, or the application, contact the Executive Director Stephen Perkins at

Find us on Instagram