The Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits was established in 1985, through the generosity of Bern Dibner, to recognize excellence in museums and museum exhibits that interpret the history of technology, industry, and engineering to the general public. Winning exhibits, in addition to being well designed and produced, should raise pertinent historical issues. Artifacts and images should be used in a manner that interests, teaches, and stimulates both the general public and historians. The award consists of a plaque and up to $1,000 to cover expenses for a member of the design team to accept the award at the SHOT awards banquet.
Exhibits are eligible for this award if they have been open to the public for no more than 24 months before the deadline for nominations on 1 May 2019.
The Society especially encourages nominations from local and regional historical societies. Virtual exhibits are not eligible for the award.
Further information about the prize, including nomination forms, a list of past recipients, and the members of the Dibner Award Committee can be found on the SHOT website: https://www.
historyoftechnology.org/about- us/awards-prizes-and-grants/ the-dibner-award/.
Please note that if you are nominating your own exhibition, you should only fill in the first two sections of the nomination form. If you are nominating an exhibition from another organization with which you have no conflicts of interest, then please complete all three parts.
Should any questions arise while completing the nomination form, please feel free to contact me or any other member of the Dibner Committee.