The Robert Loren Miller Memorial Award
An annual award as a memorial to Charter Member and long-time MC&H Art Editor Robert L. Miller was approved by the Governors at their meeting in Lexington, VA in 1973. The award, in the form of a handsome 2-1/2 inch bronze medal will be presented each year to the Member whose exhibit at the annual meeting is judged “Best of Show.” The Award is designed to encourage more exhibits, exhibits of even finer material than in the past and historical interpretation of the exhibited material for the enjoyment and edification of exhibitors and attending members alike.
The medal was conceived and executed by a group of Bob’s friends who offered it for use as an annual award to the three related organizations in which Bob was active: The North South Skirmish Association, The Potomac Arms Collectors Association, and The Company. All three have accepted the medal for use as an annual award. The noted metallic sculptor, Edward R. Groves, who was a lifetime friend of Bob and Adrian Miller’s designed and sculptured the plaster cast from which the die for the medal was cut. Metallic Arts of Danbury, Conn., America’s foremost producer of art medals struck the medals in high relief.
Presenting the award to the best exhibit is especially appropriate as Bob Miller invariably exhibited interesting and significant material from his own collection at Company meetings. He was an exhibit prize winner himself, having received a medal for his exhibit of Fredericksburg Manufactory arms at a National Rifle Association show many years ago. It is understood that the North South Skirmish Association will make the award for the most authentically uniformed and accoutered man at its annual gathering and that the Potomac Arms Collectors will make the award for the best exhibit at its annual show.
1. Exhibits will be judged on the following points:
– Appropriateness to The Company’s field of interest.
– Significance and interest of the exhibited material.
– Design and excellence of the exhibit in displaying the material and its interpretative labels in a logical, attractive, and tasteful manner.
– Interpretation of the material exhibited in order to explain it put it into historical context, or tell a historical story.
2. Exhibits will be judged by each member attending the meeting. Ballots of these members will be collected prior to the annual banquet. In addition to the award of “Best of Show,” any number of exhibits may be designated as receiving “Honorable Mention.”
3. Institutions and professional curators, while eligible to exhibit, are not eligible to compete for the Miller Award.
4. The winner will be announced and the award of the medal will be made at the annual banquet.
A complete list of Miller Award recipients is below. The list is searchable and sortable.
Miller Award Winners
|Year Awarded||Award||Recipient||Title of Display|
|1974||Miller Award||Trevor Bovee||Mississippi Rifles|
|1974||Honorable Mention||John McCormack|
|1974||Honorable Mention||Giles Cromwell|
|1974||Honorable Mention||Joseph T. Wupperfeld|
|1974||Honorable Mention||John Andrews|
|1975||Miller Award||George C. Neumann|
|1976||Miller Award||Robert G. Borrell, Sr.|
|1976||Honorable Mention||Paul Braddock|
|1976||Honorable Mention||Ben Michel|
|1976||Honorable Mention||Michael Klinepeter|
|1977||Miller Award||William K. Emerson||The Federal Eagle on US Army Insignia|
|1978||Miller Award||Michael E. Bremer|
|1979||Miller Award||Award Not Given|
|1980||Miller Award||Richard Johnson|
|1981||Miller Award||Award Not Given|
|1982||Miller Award||Clark S. Campbell|
|1983||Miller Award||Edward Steers, Jr.|
|1984||Miller Award||Edwin Sharples|
|1985||Miller Award||Anthony Darling||Scottish Swords|
|1985||Honorable Mention||J. Craig Nannos||The British and Boston during the Revolution|
|1986||Miller Award||Bart C. Trexler||Civil War|
|1987||Miller Award||Bart C. Trexler||A Common Thread|
|1987||Honorable Mention||William Gladstone||US Colored Troops 1863-1865|
|1988||Miller Award||Frederick C. Gaede||Bayonet Belts in the Service 1808-1841|
|1988||Honorable Mention||Paul Braddock||US Military ID Tags|
|1989||Miller Award||Stephen M. Henry||General Officer Uniforms and Accountrements|
|1989||Honorable Mention||Edwin Besch||North Vietnamese Accoutrements|
|1990||Miller Award||Lindsey P. Henderson, Jr.||Savannah Volunteer Guards|
|1990||Honorable Mention||Paul S. Lederer||British Naval Arms|
|1991||Miller Award||Richard C. Nolte, Sr.||WWII Japanese Army, Navy, and Air Force|
|1991||Honorable Mention||Paul G. Fischer||Civil War Swords|
|1992||Miller Award||Stephen M. Henry||WWII Submarine Warfare in the Pacific|
|1993||Miller Award||George Wheeler||Edges Weapons of the Civil War|
|1994||Miller Award||Bart C. Trexler||War Correspondence|
|1994||Honorable Mention||Edwin Besch||Liberty or Death|
|1995||Miller Award||George C. Newman||New Englanders Attack Lousiburg 1745|
|1995||Honorable Mention||Tony Stamatelos||Defeat of Nazi Germany|
|1996||Miller Award||Phil Leveque||Small Arms|
|1997||Miller Award||Gordon Damann||Civil War Medicine|
|1997||Honorable Mention||Steve Sullivan||Siberian Sojourn|
|1999||Miller Award||Frederick C. Gaede||The Cap Pouch in the US Army, 1845-1876|
|1999||Honorable Mention||Paul Johnson||Identifying the Patterns of Rifle Musket Cartridge Boxes, 1857-1865|
|2000||Miller Award||Les Jensen and Harris Andrews||Canadian Expeditionary Force in World War I|
|2000||Honorable Mention||Elmo Phillips||Harper's Ferry Rifles|
|2001||Miller Award||Juanita Leisch||An Army of Women in Wartime Service|
|2001||Honorable Mention||David C. Cole||One Family's Military History|
|2002||Miller Award||Alejandro de Quesada||From Colonialism to Socialism|
|2002||Honorable Mention||John Powell||Spanish Colonial Artifacts|
|2003||Miller Award||Alejandro de Quesada||Mexican Forces during the 1910 Revolution|
|2003||Honorable Mention||David C. Cole||Relics of Normandy|
|2004||Miller Award (Dual Winners)||Alejandro de Quesada and Jack G. Grothe||In Peace and in War: The United States Merchant Marine|
|2004||Miller Award (Dual Winners)||William K. Emerson||U.S. Army 20th Century Shooting Prizes|
|2005||Miller Award||Clive M. Law||The Regiments & Guards in Canada|
|2006||Miller Award||James Kanne||One Step at a Time: Early US Army Leggings|
|2007||Miller Award (Dual Winners)||Caroline and Alex de Quesada||Women's Services on the Battlefield and Homefront during World War II|
|2007||Miller Award (Dual Winners)||John Thillmann||Veterans of the War with Mexico: Saddles and Sabers of the Mounted Officer|
|2008||Miller Award||Sam Barnes||Sea Service Weapons, 1760-1901: King George through Queen Victoria|
|2008||Honorable Mention||David Jarnigan||A Study of the Many Colors of Russet|
|2008||Honorable Mention||John Reichley||When Trumpets Fade...: Battlefield Relics|
|2008||Honorable Mention||Jim Speraw||Uniform Development: BDU to ACU|
|2009||Miller Award||Juanita Leisch-Jensen||Armed With Needles: Sewing for Soldiers|
|2010||Miller Award||John Morris||Swivel Guns|
|2011||Miller Award||Craig Bell||Patriot Weapons of the American Revolution|
|2012||Miller Award||Craig Bell||Weapons of the War of 1812|
|2013||Miller Award||John Thilmann||Gettysburg: Civil War Swords & Sabers of Men who were there Fighting on the Field or on Staff|
|2014||Miller Award||Joyce Henry||The Uncommon Soldiers: Soldier Women in American Civil War|
|2016||Miller Award||Craig Bell|
|2019||Miller Award||Thomas Crawford|