In order to recognize individual’s and organization’s historically related accomplishments, the Society established an annual awards program.
The Society has 3 different awards:
The Mann Award is presented annually by the Cherokee County Historical Society to an individual, organization, or corporation for outstanding contribution to the collection, interpretation, promotion and/or preservation of the history of Cherokee County, Alabama during the prior calendar year. The award is named in honor of Colonel Robert N. Mann and Cathrine Mann. They were instrumental in the founding of the Historical Society in 1958 with 15 members. Col. Man was the first president of the Society and he played a large role in the preservation of Cornwall Furnace and Cherokee Rock Village. Mrs. Mann was greatly interested in genealogy and history, writing a number of books on the subjects. She also served as President of the Society after Col. Mann passed away. Col. Mann and Cathrine researched and wrote most of the material featured in the Cherokee County Historical Society’s quarterly, Cherokee County Heritage, which was published from 1972-1978. It still remains a valuable resource to those researching the history of Cherokee County. The award is named after them to honor and recognize the contributions they made.
2010 - Scott Wright, David Crum
2011 - Roy "Buddy" Knapp Jr.
2012 - Jim Lewis, Lynn Bruce, Martha Penland Haney, Alabama Chapter, Trail of Tears Association.
2014 - Jason Clowdis, Joe Bob Ray, Duncan Hellums.
The Minnix Award is presented by the Cherokee County Historical Society to an individual who has made a long term impact on the collection, interpretation, promotion and/or preservation of the history of Cherokee County, Alabama. The award is named in honor of Robert Eugene Minnix, known to most as “Bob.” He owned and managed Centre Tire and Appliance for 35 years. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Cherokee County Historical Museum and served as its president from 1986 to 2003. Under his guidance, the museum built their collect from 0 artifacts into the thousands. In fact, many items in the Museum collection were donated by Mr. Minnix In addition to his work at the Museum, he was a very active member of the community and was known to be very generous to those in need. This award is named after Mr. Minnix to recognize his long term dedication to preserving Cherokee County’s history.
2010 - Doris Pearson
2011- Charles Moody
The President’s Award is presented by the President of the Cherokee County Historical Society to a Society member to recognize their significant contributions to the Society through their service on projects, research, as an officer, assistance in fund raising or other tasks over the past year.
2010 - Jim Lewis
2011 - Joan Williams, Jim Lewis
2012 - Doneice Colbert