JCHS Announces Annual Award Winners

The Jackson County Historical Society will recognizes three distinguished history-related efforts with awards during its Jan. 19th annual meeting and dinner.

The award winners are Wide Awake Films, FamilySearch and a book about Kansas City collectibles.

Two JCHS volunteers - John Langton (Archives and Research Library) and April Milam (1859 Jail Museum) - will also be recognized for this efforts.

Here's more details about the three award winners.

Historical Film - Wide Awake Films

The award recognizes this Kansas City-based film production company for its 2016 release of a full feature documentary “The American Artist: The Life and Times of George Caleb Bingham” which tells the personal story of the self-taught Missouri artist who became a leading painter of his generation. This Emmy-award winning film company specializes in historical films and is known for its high quality cinematography and its devotion to historically accurate films

Community History Project - FamilySearch

The award recognizes this organization for their work in digitizing the history of Jackson County and the region through years of volunteer efforts by LDS missionaries at the Midwest Genealogy Center. FamilySearch preserves family records and history to help individuals discover their family history through easy access to historical records.

Historical Book - Kansas City: Our Collective Memories

The award recognizes this first of its kind book which tells the history of the
Kansas City region through the items and objectives which have been collected by museums, but more importantly individuals which tell the story of people, places, events and individuals. The book shares seldom seen or long forgotten objectives of historical interest. The award recognizes this new approach to sharing history and the promise of more volumes to come.

Tickets for the event are still available and can be purchased at www.jchs.org/dinner.