The Honorable Cornelius Amory Pugsley Medals are the most prestigious awards that recognize outstanding contributions to the promotion and development of public parks in the United States. Each year medals honoring extraordinary service are awarded at the National, State/Regional, and Local levels.
The inaugural Pugsley Medals were awarded in 1928. The winner of the first National level award was Stephen T. Mather, the first director and "father" of the National Park Service. The distinguished pedigree of subsequent honorees has confirmed the prestige and status of the awards.
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Tthe Academy has published two volumes containing bios of Pugsley Award recipients. 20th Century Champions of Parks and Conservation, Part One and Part Two can be ordered through Sagamore Publishing.
View biographies of Pugsley Award winners.