Nominations being accepted for Governor John B. Swainson Award

The Michigan Historical Commission is accepting nominations for the Governor John B. Swainson Award now through April 1, 2011.

The prestigious Swainson Award is given annually by the Michigan Historical Commission to state, county or municipal employees who have gone above and beyond their official job duties to help preserve Michigan's history. To recognize these contributions, in 1996 the Michigan Historical Commission instituted the Governor John B. Swainson Award in honor of the legislator, governor and judge whose commitment to history continues to inspire.

''Our historic resources are among Michigan's greatest treasures, and the Swainson Award helps us pay tribute to those who serve as stewards of our state's rich heritage,'' said Edward Surovell, Michigan Historical Commission president.

Presentation of a plaque and certificate will be made during a special ceremony in the spring of 2011. For those who have or know of such employees, nomination forms with complete rules can be accessed at Questions may be directed to Mary Patrick at 517-373-1650 or

The Michigan Historical Commission advises the Department of Natural Resources and Environment on the work of the Michigan Historical Center. The Commission is dedicated to enriching quality of life and strengthening the economy by providing access to information, and preserving and promoting Michigan's heritage. The Michigan Historical Center is the principal state agency that builds programs and alliances that preserve and interpret Michigan's past and help people discover, enjoy, and find inspiration in their heritage.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is committed to the conservation, protection, management, and accessible use and enjoyment of the state's environment, natural resources, and related economic interests for current and future generations. Learn more at

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Published: Mon, Mar 7, 2011