The Society for the History of Technology invites nominations for its Dibner Award, established in 1985 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. Also, entire institutions, rather than just exhibits, may be considered for this award.

The winners will be announced at the Society’s Annual Meeting in Amsterdam, 7-10 October, 2004. The Award consists of a plaque and up to $1000.00 to cover expenses for a member of the design team to accept the award at the SHOT awards banquet. The Society especially encourages nominations from local and regional historical societies.

Anyone, including the institution or individual responsible for its creation, may nominate an exhibit for the Dibner Award. This should be within two years of the exhibit’s opening. Nominations should include a nomination form (with names of possible reviewers) and materials that will assist the committee in evaluating the exhibition or museum (exhibit script, related publications, slides or a videotape). All materials sent will be kept by SHOT for archival purposes.

The deadline for nominations for the 2004 award is 1 February 2004.

Nominations forms can be obtained from the SHOT website ( and should be sent to the Committee Chair:

Dan Holbrook Marshall University One John Marshall Drive Huntington, WV 25755, USA email: [email protected]