The Grand Canyon Historical Society presents the Pioneer Award to honor living individuals who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the understanding of, and knowledge about, the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River.
A call for nominations for the Grand Canyon Historical Society Pioneer Award is made each year in January by the Pioneer Award Chairperson. Nominations for the award are accepted until March 1. The individual honored will have made a significant and lasting contribution to the understanding of, and knowledge about, the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in areas of expertise such as: Grand Canyon region history, administration in the National Park, geology, archaeology, photography, writing, hiking, river running, etc., that is, any area that advances the knowledge and appreciation of the Grand Canyon region.
To submit a nomination, please write to the Chairperson of the Pioneer Award listed on this page. Nomination materials should include the nominees name, address, date of birth, years at Grand Canyon, and supporting materials no longer than 500 words.
Pioneer Award Recipients
The recipients of the Pioneer Award are:
Hall of Fame Award for Community Service
The Grand Canyon Historical Society and the National Park Service Grand Canyon presents the Hall of Fame Award for Community Service in recognition of those organizations and individuals who have selflessly contributed to the betterment of the Grand Canyon community over years past.
Hall of Fame Award Recipients
The recipients of the Hall of Fame Award are:
Elmer "Pops" Nelson
Carl H. Guthrie