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Date:  March 11, 2016
Contact: Anne Strong
Telephone: (301) 279-9697

Phil Cantelon, History Associates CEO, to Receive NCPH Founders Award

History Associates CEO Phil Cantelon

Dr. Philip L. Cantelon, co-founder and CEO of History Associates will be receiving a Founders Award for his role in the formation of yet another organization: the National Council on Public History (NCPH).  The NCPH created the award in 2015 to recognize those individuals who played crucial roles in the Council’s foundation and early success.

Dr. Cantelon was an early advocate for putting history – and historians – to work in a variety of environments beyond the academy. He was involved in NCPH from the beginning in 1979, serving as the inaugural executive secretary. Over the years, he led the NCPH’s efforts to expand the profile of public historians, define what it means to be in “public history,” and organize countless forums, receptions, and conferences. During those early years at NCPH, Dr. Cantelon was also establishing a new historical consulting firm, History Associates, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.

The award will be presented to Dr. Cantelon at the NCPH Awards Breakfast and Presidential Address on Saturday, March 19, at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. The ceremony is taking place at the Joint Annual Meeting of the National Council on Public History and the Society for History in the Federal Government, which Dr. Cantelon also helped to organize.

About NCPH
The National Council on Public History is a nonprofit membership association that inspires public engagement with the past and serves the needs of practitioners in putting history to work in the world. NCPH builds community among historians, expands professional skills and tools, fosters critical reflection on historical practice, and publicly advocates for history and historians. Members of the organization include historical consultants, museum professionals, government historians, professors & students, archivists, teachers, cultural resource managers, curators, film & media producers, historical interpreters, policy advisors, and many others. Learn more at

About History Associates
For more than thirty years the historians and archivists at History Associates have demonstrated that history is valuable in the market as well as the marketplace of ideas. They provide professional corporate histories, exhibit content, interpretive planning, historical research, archival services, and collections management services to clients throughout the United States and around the world. History Associates strives to be The Best Company in History®, serving corporate, government, legal, and nonprofit clients from its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, call (301) 279-9697 or visit

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