Community members may nominate candidates for the Red Jacket, Owen B. Augspurger and Daniel B. Niederlander awards annually presented by The Buffalo History Museum at the Red Jacket Awards Dinner and Ceremony. Nominations are accepted online through www.buffalohistory.org and are due by 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 6.
The Red Jacket Award was established in 1957 in recognition of “quiet, continued, unbroken devotion to our civic progress and needs by one who, through such devotion, has thereby enlarged our awareness of our heritage in order that it may be built upon for the enrichment of our future.”
The award is named after the renowned orator and Seneca leader Sagoyewatha, or Red Jacket. In 1792, President George Washington presented Red Jacket with the medal after which the award is modeled. The Red Jacket Medal is one of the most significant artifacts in the museum’s collection and is exhibited in the John R. Oishei Native American Gallery. Nearly seven inches tall, the medal bears symbolic imagery of peaceful coexistence between the United States and Native Americans.
The tradition of The Red Jacket Award is inspired by the imperative to continue to acknowledge those who, with steady service, strive to support the connections in this region with heritage.
The Owen B. Augspurger Award was established in 1974 in honor of Augspurger, a former History Museum president, and a Red Jacket awardee. The award is presented to an individual for outstanding service to the cause of local history.
The Daniel B. Niederlander Award was established in 1975, in honor of Niederlander, a former History Museum president, businessman and dedicated civic leader. The award is presented to a local education, cultural or heritage organization for outstanding programming.