Hornaday Awards History Center


 

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PWLPF 1929 Certificat
The Permanent Wild Life Protection Fund Gold Honor Badge Certificate - 1929
Pre 1938 Hornaday Badgesm
Pre-1938 Permanent Wild Life Protection Fund Badge

Pre-1938 Permanent Wild Life Protection Fund Badge - reverse side. (Before they were renamed the Hornaday Badges)
Post 1938 Hornaday Badges
William T. Hornaday Award - Post-1938 Type I Badge

Post-1938 Type I Hornaday Badge - reverse side
Hornaday Badge 1940
William T. Hornaday Award - Badge 1940

Hornaday Badge 1940

1922-1937
Permanent Wild Life Protection Fund Badge
1938-1950
Type I Hornaday Badge
1941 Hornaday Medal Type I
William T. Hornaday Award - Medal Type 1 1941

Hornaday Medal Type 1 1941

1922-1937
Permanent Wild Life Protection Fund Badge
1938-1950
Type I Hornaday Badge
Hornaday Medal Type 1
William T. Hornaday Award - Medal Type 1 1943

Hornaday Medal Type 1 1943

1917-1937
Permanent Wild Life Protection Fund Medal
1938-1950
Type I Hornaday Medal
Hornaday Medals William T. Hornaday Award - Type I Medals Compared

A side by side comparison. The 1949 was cast with an altered die. The PWLPF letters were removed from the front and the Newman Jewelers hallmark was removed from the back. It was the only one ever issued like this and was the last Type I medal issued. There is a twin to it that was never issued to anyone but managed to find it's way into a private collection.
1949 Hornaday Medal Front
William T. Hornaday Award - 1949

This is a one of a kind. The die was altered and had the P.W.L.P.F. letters removed as well as the jewelers hallmark on the reverse side. This was the only one ever awarded although there is a twin to it that was never awarded but made it's way into a private collection. I labeled this one the Type I-B. The 1943 is the Type I-A as is the one (1941) previous to it.

Note - None were issued between the the 1943 and 1949 medals. The 1945 BSA Report to Congress mentions that a hornaday medal was issued in 1945 but the owner was located and it was the badge and not the medal that was issued that year.
Hornaday Badge Type II
William T. Hornaday Award - Type II Badge

This is the Type II Hornaday Badge that was first issued in 1952.
Other Hornaday Medal Front
Non-Scouting Hornaday Award - 1954

In 1944 the National Foundation for Junior Museums was created by John Ripley Forbes who grew up in Stamford, Ct. where William T. Hornaday lived and under Dr. Hornaday's tutelage, became a well known naturalist and explorer. The foundation was created "To perpetuate the memory of the late William T. Hornaday through the establishment of this corporation as a living memorial for the benefit of children and others." It appears that this foundation was also known as the “William T. Hornaday Foundation” and currently appears to be called the “Natural Science for Youth Foundation”.

In May 1954, the foundation voted to create a gold medal for extraordinary leadership in the Junior Museum movement on a national level, naming it the William T. Hornaday Memorial Award. They also authorized that Dr. Hornaday's words, "Open Wide To Youth All Gateways To Nature", be inscribed upon the medal.

To receive the award required no less than ten years service to the field of nature study and conservation education. You could not nominate yourself for the award. The award was not and is not connected with the Boy Scouts of America.

The design included the winged badge that was the logo for the original Permanent Wild Life Protection Fund, which was created by Dr. Hornaday in 1913. Instead of using a ribbon to connect the badge and medallion, they were connected with chains as pictured.
Type II Gold Badge
William T. Hornaday Award - Type II Gold Medal
Type IIA Bronze Badge
William T. Hornaday Award - Type IIA Bronze Badge

Type IIA Bronze Badge
Type IIA Bronze Medal
William T. Hornaday Award - Type IIA Bronze Medal

Type IIA Bronze Medal
Type IIA Silver Medal
William T. Hornaday Award - Type IIA Silver Medal

Type IIA Silver Medal
Hornaday Medal Bronze
William T. Hornaday Award - Medal Bronze

Hornaday Medal Bronze
Hornaday Medal Silver
William T. Hornaday Award - Medal Silver

Hornaday Medal Silver
Hornaday Medal Silver 2
William T. Hornaday Award - Medal Silver

Hornaday Medal Silver
Hornaday Square Knot
William T. Hornaday Award - Square Knot

 
Hornaday Coin 2 Sides
William T. Hornaday Award - Adult Gold Coin

This was short-lived the adult Gold Hornaday Medal and was a National Council awarded item to adults only. It had no ribbon and could not be worn. It is similar in size to a half dollar coin. It was replaced by the current adult medal which has a neck ribbon.

I believe no more than seven of these were awarded nationally each year and they required ten years service.
Hornaday Medal Adult Gold
William T. Hornaday Award - Current Adult Gold Medal

This is the current adult Gold Hornaday Medal that is issued on a neck ribbon.
Hornaday Portrait
William T. Hornaday Biography

Read about the life of William Temple Hornaday.
Example of a Hornaday Book
William T. Hornaday Books

This is a bibliography of books authored by William T. Hornaday. The example to the left was written in 1889 and is entitled The Extermination of the American Bison


 

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