The Anderson County Museum Hall of Fame recognizes people who have made outstanding contributions to Anderson County, its citizens and its way of life. Nominees are judged on a points system rating their contributions to the county and/or our nation and world. The judges look at how the nominee advanced his or her particular field and the ways in which these advancements were made. A nominee need not be a resident of Anderson County; however, residency will earn a slightly higher rating in the judges’ point system. Age, gender and race are not factors in the judging system process.
Nominating Criteria:
Nominee must have been deceased for at least ten (10) years by nomination deadline.
Nominee must have been an upstanding citizen of good moral character and may not have ever been convicted of a felony crime.
Nominee must have been a resident of Anderson County at some point. (Note: Anderson County includes the Pendleton District prior to December 18, 1826.)
Supporting documentation (see Application Tips)
Point System for Judging Nominees: (Total points attainable: 50)
Contributions to Anderson County: (up to 15 points)
List candidate’s leadership or participation in city or county government, civic organizations, education system, business, or corporate leadership, etc.
Contributions to Anderson County history: (up to 20 points)
List candidate’s leadership or participation in activities that changed Anderson County’s landscape, quality of life or position in the world at the time. Even more importantly, is this change still evident today? (i.e. candidate was on the founding committee of the first library, candidate started a business or organization that changed Anderson’s quality of life or evolved into a large-scale employer.) Perhaps the candidate served in government during a controversial time (a time of social change or when a large-scale project was agreed upon and completed.)
Contributions from outside of Anderson County that impacted Anderson County in a positive way: (up to 10 points)
Contributions made that impacted South Carolina, the United States, or the world: (up to 5 points)
General Information:
There may be up to two inductees per year. There may be a year with no inductions if the judges determine that none of the nominees qualify for induction.
If not selected for induction, a previous nominee’s application will automatically be carried to the next selection round for five years from the date submitted. Applicants should review their nominations regularly to determine if any new information can be added. After five years you will be notified that your application will be placed in inactive status until a new application is submitted.
Applicants may nominate more than one candidate.
More than one applicant may nominate the same candidate. Before submitting a nomination form, it is advisable to review a current list of nominees available in the Museum’s Roper Research Room.
NOTE: It is expected 10 copies plus original of the nomination form and all supporting documentation be provided to the Museum Staff. Copies should be three-hole-punched. Clip applications and documentation together with paper clip. Do not put in notebooks, individual envelopes, or any type binder.
Completely fill out the nomination form and submit it by the deadline.
APPLICATION TIPS
Be concise. Do not assume everyone knows details about your nominee just because the name may be familiar. However, too much verbiage or documentation can distract and confuse the judges.
DOCUMENTATION: Supporting documents validate your nominee’s credentials. Even a simple obituary can be significant. It may list several of your nominee’s accomplishments. Supporting documents can include newspaper clippings, excerpts from books, family documents, photographs, diaries, etc.
Refer to the resources listed below if more documentation is needed.
Review previously submitted applications in the Anderson County Museum Roper Research Room.
Because the list of excellent nominees gets longer every year, it has become necessary to remove from consideration those nominees who have been through five consecutive selection processes without those applications having been significantly updated and resubmitted. The applications for these nominees will remain on file at the museum. If you wish to amend your application once submitted, make sure the added information is significant and does not detract from your application. No changes to application or supporting documents after the deadline will be accepted.​​​​​​​