Nominations requested for annual awards
Do you know anyone who might be eligible for one of the Smoky Hill Trail Association awards? There are many people / organizations / businesses / landowners, etc., who are very deserving of being recognized, but that the Association Board members may not be aware of. The individual(s) may fall into one of the following five categories.
ELTON BEOUGHER MEMORIAL SHTA GRANT
Memorial Mission Statement: This grant fund was established in 2019 to honor Elton Beougher, a founding member and past president of the association. Elton served as president of the association from 2013 until 2017. Elton was more than just an offier and director of the association. He lent his time and efforts to the work of the association both in the field and in the office. This memorial grant is established as a lasting tribute to Elton, and for use by the grant recipient as a financial assistance toward a project or research to preserve the historical legacy of the Smoky Hill Trail.
Purpose: The purpose of the grant is to provide financial assistance to any person or entity proposing a project to enhance the trail or provide scholarly research on the Smoky Hill Trail.
Grant Frequency: to be awarded annually by the Board of Directors or its designate.
Grant Forms: Posted on the association website
Deadline for submission of grant request: The last day of August of each year.
Grant Award: To be announced at the SHTA annual conference.
Amount of Grants: $300 per year or as otherwise determined by the Board of Directors.
Funding of grant program: Memorial contributions by members and friends and as supplanted by the general funds of the association.
AWARD OF MERIT: (MAXIMUM OF 4 AWARDS ANNUALLY)
This award is given to recognize individuals, businesses, organizations or groups who have made a significant contribution to the purposes of the Smoky Hill Trail Association (SmHTA), “to preserve, protect, promote, and interpret the Smoky Hill Trail for the benefit of present and future generations, and to promote awareness of the historical legacy associated with remnants and locations that represent the historic trail and Butterfield’s Overland Despatch (BOD) and its successors as well as the railroad that replace the overland trail. The recipient may or may not be a member of the SmHTA.
DONNA MALSOM MEMORIAL AMBASSADOR (ONE AWARD ANNUALLY)
This award is given in memory of Donna Malsom, who was a founder and the first vice-president of the SmHTA and is presented to an SmHTA member for extraordinary lifetime achievement in research about the promotion of the Smoky Hill Trail.
HOWARD C. RAYNESFORD LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (ONE AWARD ANNUALLY)
This award is presented to a SmHTA member for extraordinary lifetime achievement in research about the promotion of the Smoky Hill Trail.
HERITAGE PRESERVATION AWARD (MAXIMUM OF 2 AWARDS ANNUALLY)
This award is presented to an organization, landowners, leaseholders, or tenants of trail ruts, remnants, structures, or sites, who have preserved and protected significant portions of the trail or site associated with the trail, and provided public access. The recipient need not be a member of the SmHTA.
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Elton Beougher SHTA Memorial Grant Recipient
2022 - Andrew Pankratz
Award of Merit Recipients
2008 - Fick Fossil & History Museum
2009 - Fort Wallace Museum
2010 - Limon Heritage Museum & Limon Railroad Park
2010 - Vivian Lowe
2010 - William Y. Chalfant
2011 - Michael Olsen
2011 - Roger Hensen
2011 - Butterfield Trail Historical Association & Museum
2011 - Nancy Arendt
2012 - Geary County Historical Society & Museum
2012 - Heritage Center of Dickinson County
2012 - Smoky Hill Museum
2012 - David Clapsaddle
2013 - Sam Chestnut
2013 - Lem Marsh
2013 - Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society
2013 - Elbert County Historical Society
2014 - Patty Nicholas
2014 - Bob Roskens
2014 - Russell County Historical Society & Genealogy Society
2015 - Joanne VanCovern
2015 - Bob Wilhelm
2016 - Phillip Ranch
2016 - Jim Gray
2017 - Rayme Kern
2017 - Bart and Rayetta Addy
2017 - Tanner Mayhew
2017 - Jim Mayhew
2018 - Jim Gray
2018 - Jake Bauer
2018 - JD Perry
2018 - Dee Saddler
2019 - Jayne Pearce
2019 - Nikki Jauken Shady
Donna Malsom Memorial Ambassador Award Recipients
2012 - Mike Baugn
2013 - Jody Zeman
2014 - Jim Gray
2015 - Leo Oliva
2016 - Kay Homewood
2019 - Jerry Thomas
Raynesford Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
2008 - Clarice Crowle
2010 - Lee Whitely
2011 - Flora Weiser
2012 - Dorman Lehman
2013 - Mike Olsen
2014 - Sam Chestnut
2015 - Jere DeBaker
2016 - Mike Baughn
2017 - Butch Hapes
2018 - Elton Beougher
2018 - Wendy Beougher
Heritage Preservation Award Recipients
2008 - Floris Weiser
2010 - Fort Hays State Historic Site & Museum
2011 - Smoky Valley Ranch Conservancy
2012 - Philip Ranch
2013 - Maarten & Kees Van Zoeren
2013 - Frasier Farms, River Bend Ranch
2014 - Bob Roskens
2016 - Steele, Fisher and Schippers Families
2016 - Mr. and Mrs. Don Befort
2017 - Smoky Valley Ranch Conservancy
2018 - Nancy Arendt
2019 - Bob Roskens
Special Butterfield Overland Despatch Award Recipients
2008 - Donna Malsom
2008 - Jody Zeman