Outstanding Achievement Award

Annually the WNC Historical Association presents its Trophy for Outstanding Achievement to an individual or organization which has made significant contributions to the preservation and promotion of the history of the mountain region. Recipients of this Award include:

1954 Sadie Smathers Patton
1955 George William McCoy
1956 Clarence W. Griffin
1957 Owen Gudger
1958 Margaret W. Freel
1959 Glenn Tucker
1960 Hiram C. Wilburn
1961 Asheville Citizen-Times
1962 Vetust Study Club
1963 Samuel E. Beck
1964 Cordelia Camp
1965 Paul A. Rockwell
1966 Florence Harrison Dunlop
1967 Myra Champion
1968 William Ernest Bird
1969 W. Clark Medford
1970 Carson House
1971 John A. Parris
1972 Cratis D. Williams
1973 Bascom Lamar Lunsford
1974 Goingback Chiltoskey
1975 Mary Myrtle Cornwell
1976 Appalachian Consortium
1977 Leona Penland Purkey
1978 Ora Blackmun
1979 George Stevens
1980 Bob Terrell
1981 Frances McDowell and Ruth Camblos
1982 Harley E. Jolley
1983 Sarah G. Upchurch
1984 John Baxter
1985 Robert G. Fortune, Jr.
1986 S. Kent Schwarzkopf
1987 Roy A. Taylor
1988 Big Ivy Historical Association
1989 Mille Barbee
1990 Appalachian Cultural Center
1991 Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County
1992 Walter F. Ashe
1993 Historic Valdese Association
1994 no award presented
1995 Waynesville Historical Society
1996 Betty Sherrill
1997 Cherokee Historical Association
1998 Richard Dillingham
1999 Doris Cline Ward
2000 Museum of the Cherokee Indian
2001 J. Ronald Holland
2002 Historic Resources Commission of Asheville and Buncombe County
2003 Harriet Stiles
2004 NC Dept. of Cultural Resources
2005 South Asheville Cemetery Association
2006 AB Technical Community College
2007 Harley and Betty Jolley
2008 Dr. George A. Jones
2009 Henderson County Heritage Museum
2011  Thomas Wolfe Memorial, Stephen Hill
2012  No award presented
2013  Fred Davis Chappell
2010 UNCA Special Collections, Helen Wykle
2014 Gordon McKinney
2015 Pat Beaver