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Sponsored by the Friends of the Alabama Archives

Alabama History Day is the state contest of National History Day, a competition that engages middle school and high school students in robust and creative historical research. During each annual Alabama History Day, a variety of Special Awards are offered to recognize student achievement in specific topic areas.


The Friends of the Alabama Archives sponsors one of these special awards: The Friends of the Alabama Archives Award of Merit in Memory of Rickie Brunner and Cynthia Luckie. The award is named in memory of two devoted ADAH staff members, Rickie Brunner (1951-2013) and Cynthia Luckie (1974-2014). Both archivists were passionate about the preservation of Alabama history and making primary sources accessible to the public.


The award recognizes up to two outstanding Alabama History Day projects that demonstrate substantive use of the collections of the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) in Montgomery. Both Individual and team projects in any category are eligible for the award. Projects may be on an Alabama event, movement, place, or person — or, have a broader scope or regional focus strengthened by incorporating resources from the ADAH collections. Special consideration will be made for entries that use collections as integrated source material, building a credible foundation for the project’s argument(s), and not solely for illustrative purposes.

Cash prize(s): First Prize, $200.00; Honorable Mention (if presented), $100.00.


The Friends of the Alabama Archives expects to make this award annually, but it reserves the right to make only one award or none, or to award both prizes in the same project category or age division.

How To Apply:

Enter a project into the Alabama History Day competition at Awards are announced annually at Alabama History Day.

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