The Theodore B. Fitz-Simons Public History Award


The Theodore B. Fitz-Simons Award was established in 2001 in recognition of Mr. Fitz-Simons’s commitment to community outreach during his tenure teaching at the University of West Georgia. He lectured extensively in the community about topics related to Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, and the Progressive Era and participated in the Georgia Political Heritage Project and local history programs.


This award is presented annually to recognize a graduate or undergraduate history student who demonstrates excellence in the field of public history through scholarship and service activities. Undergraduate students should be a junior or senior majoring in history. All recipients must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.


History faculty should submit nominations for the Fitz-Simons Public History Award to the Public History Coordinator no later than February 1 of each year. The recipient will receive an award of $50, and their name will be engraved on a plaque to be housed in the History Department.