The Nebraska Association of Professional Archeologists has established the William Duncan Strong Memorial Award to recognize persons who, over the span of their professional careers or private lives, have made substantial contributions of lasting value to the knowledge, appreciation, and/or preservation of Nebraska’s archeological heritage.
The first recipient of the award was Dr. Waldo R. Wedel, whose many researches in Central Plains archeology over the course of a career that spanned six decades are well known to the Plains Anthropologist readership. The award, which was first bestowed April 8, 1994, consists of a plaque and appreciatory certificate, as well as a perpetual plaque displayed at the Nebraska State Archeology Offices (History Nebraska).
Past Recipients of the William Duncan Strong Memorial Award:
- Waldo Wedel (1994)
- James & Dolores Gunnerson (1995)
- David Gradwohl (2009)
- W. Raymond Wood (2009)
- Gayle Carlson (2013)
- Donna C. Roper (2015)
- Peter Bleed (2016)