Nominations for "The Crosby" Award for historic preservation accepted through March 1

Westport Historical Society News Release

Contact: Alana Smith, President, Westport Historical Society
4000 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO
(816) 561-1821 or (913) 231-6749

Westport Historical Society is accepting nominations for "The Crosby" Award through March 1

Westport Historical Society (WHS) will be accepting nominations for the Crosby Kemper Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation, also known as The Crosby, through March 1, 2016.

The Crosby recognizes projects, programs, or polices that make, or have made significant contributions to historic preservation in conjunction with an entity or property in the states of Missouri or Kansas. This award acknowledges noteworthy accomplishments in the promotion and advancement of the National Historic Preservation goals with respect to cultural and natural heritage resources and historic preservation, especially those which add benefit for the state(s) and the public.

Any state or local agency, tribal government, non-profit organization, business, or person(s) is/are eligible to receive the Crosby Kemper Award. Nominations must be related to stewardship, actions, activities, or undertakings of Historical Preservation projects, programs or polices. The award is presented annually during National Historic Preservation Month in May, at a reception and open house at the 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum.


An Exemplary site, project, program, or policy resulting in rehabilitation and active use of one or more historic resources is eligible for the award nomination. In addition, the nominee must meet one or more of these criteria:

  • Outstanding organizational leadership in historic preservation public policy, or on issues of importance to historic preservation policy.
  • Exemplary stewardship, treatment, or use of one or more historic resources.
  • Significant contribution to economic development, community revitalization, heritage tourism, education, public involvement, sustainability, and livable communities, or other public benefit through preservation activities or programs; including those that focus on youth engagement or the involvement of underserved and diverse audiences.
  • Exemplary advancement of cultural heritage programs such as America’s Great Outdoors or Preserve America.
  • Promotion of heritage tourism and historic preservation efforts that demonstrate involvement of local government and/or other partners or stakeholders.
  • Projects must be completed, and programs or relevant policies must have been implemented within the three years preceding the nomination date.

All nomination materials must include a completed nomination form (pdf). Nominations may be submitted to the Westport Historical Society for consideration from September 1 of each calendar year to March 1 of the next calendar year. After staff review for fulfillment of criteria, the nominations will be sent to WHS President Alana Smith, the WHS Board of Directors, and Crosby Kemper III, for the decision and naming of the Award Winner. All nominees will be notified of the final decision by mail. Questions regarding the nomination process may be directed to Ms. Alana Smith, westporthistorical@gmail.com, or (913) 648-0952.

This award was named for Crosby Kemper III, executive director of the Kansas City Public Library. Kemper is the editor of, and contributor to, Winston Churchill: Resolution, Defiance, Magnanimity, Good Will. In 2003-04, he chaired the Commission on the Future of Higher Education in Missouri for then-Missouri Gov. Bob Holden. He has served on the board of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation which operates Monticello, and the boards of the Kansas City Symphony, the Black Archives of Mid-America, Union Station Kansas City, and Lapham’s Quarterly. He helped Marilyn Strauss found the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and was its first board chair. He also founded and chaired the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival. He has been the recipient of many distinguished awards, and holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University.

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