The Gov. John B. Swainson Award

The Governor John B. Swainson Award is presented by the Michigan Historical Commission to state, county, municipal or township employees who have contributed to the preservation of Michigan history even though such activities are not part of their primary job responsibility. The commission selects the recipients from among nominated individuals, who then are recognized at a ceremony in Lansing. See the list of previous Swainson Award recipients.

The Michigan Historical Commission established this award in 1996 in honor of John B. Swainson, Michigan's 42nd governor and one of the few public officials to have served in all three branches of state government. Devoted to public service, Swainson's commanding presence, humanity and love of Michigan made him a powerful advocate for the state's history. Swainson's last role in public service was as president of the Michigan Historical Commission, a post he held at his death in 1994.

Updated 03/14/2017