Every year the county historical commission hosts an event that celebrates the historical preservation and education efforts in Collin County. Part of that celebration is the recognition of outstanding individuals and groups that have distinguished themselves in such efforts. The awards given are:
Collin McKinney Achievement Award: Recognizes outstanding achievement of a Collin County historical organization or museum that has promoted the heritage of the county with projects, museum education, historical tourism, the erection of tributes to the past and/or the preservation of buildings, publications or records of historical significance.
Excellence in Historical Education Award: Recognizes an individual or organization that has promoted historical education about Collin County, Texas, through teaching and/or preservation programs benefiting schools, community organizations, and/or the general public.
Leadership in Preservation Award: Recognizes an exemplary Collin County city/town, business or developer that has promoted a respect for the county’s past through historical projects and/or renovations of historic buildings or sites.
Living Legacy of Collin County Award: Recognizes the outstanding achievement of an individual citizen of Collin County who has significantly enriched our cultural heritage through a lifetime of dedicated service to the ideals of preservation, education and respect of our rich past.
Young Visionaries Award: Recognizes an individual (18 years of age or less) or youth organization that has significantly contributed to the preservation of Collin County, Texas’ historical heritage. Noteworthy activities could include: restoration or preservation projects, portrayals of living history, promotion of historical tourism, creation of historical education programs, service hours for a museum, historical organization or program, and/or other related volunteer efforts.
Know someone or some organization deserving of any of these awards? Nomination forms for a given year are usually available in February or March.
2021 Preservation Celebration Awards Nomination Form (Due June 18, 2021, 4:00 pm)