Sharlot Hall Award

Since 1984, the Sharlot Hall Award has been presented annually to a living Arizona woman in recognition of her valuable contributions to the understanding and awareness of Arizona and its history.  Named in honor of the first woman to hold public office in the territory and namesake of the Museum, the Sharlot Hall Award recognizes the collective passion for preserving and promoting the history and heritage of Arizona. As early as 1907, Sharlot Hall saw the need to save Arizona’s history and planned to develop a museum.  For the remainder of her life, she worked to preserve Arizona’s historic past, and her diligent efforts inspired others to continue contributing to the preservation of early Arizona and American history.

Whether an author or editor, historian, storytelling guide, educator, television documentary producer, politician, or preservationist, Sharlot Hall Award recipients are noteworthy and include Mary Jane Peace Pyle, Heidi Osselaer, Elisabeth Ruffner, Mona Lange McCroskey, Margaret Maxwell, Polly Rosenbaum, Constance Wynn Altshular, and many others.

According to former director Fred Veil, “What makes this Award special is that recipients are recognized today, rather than posthumously, for their diligent efforts to extend public awareness of, and to preserve our Arizona history.”

If you would like to nominate someone for the Sharlot Hall Award, please click here to download and print out the Sharlot Hall Award Nomination Form, complete it and send to the Sharlot Hall Museum by the deadline noted on the form and include the associated materials regarding your nominee.

To view previous honorees, click here

Nominations are open for the Sharlot Hall Award.

The SHM Award Committee will be selecting two women in 2023—one for the 2021 year and one for the 2022 year.  To nominate a recipient for the Sharlot Hall Award, click the button or image below to download the application pdf. Applications must be received by May 31, 2023. For full application instructions, please see the pdf. 

If you have questions regarding your application, please contact