Leonard N. Simons History Award
The Leonard N. Simons History Award
Recognizing those individuals who are helping to preserve and protect Michigan’s Jewish history
The Leonard N. Simons History Award honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the Jewish Historical Society’s mission and to the larger Michigan community. Named after Leonard Simons, the advertising entreprenuer who founded the advertising agency Simons Michelson Zieve in 1929, the prestigious award recognizes the time, talent and effort these recipients have devoted to preserving and sharing the history of our state and our people. Leonard Simons, who had a spirited, deep passion for the preservation of Jewish and communal history, spread his creative wings far beyond his advertising community. He was an active leader with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, the Wayne State University Press, the Detroit Historical Society and helped establish the Jewish Community Archives and the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan. This award honors Mr. Simons’ desire to ensure that the Jewish community of Detroit would retain a sense of pride in knowing who they are and where they came from.