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2018 Two-Headed Calf Awards

March 22, 2018


The awards, which honor Northern Kentuckians for significant accomplishments in the areas of history, education and community service, are named for the museum’s most notorious and fun exhibit: a preserved two-headed calf. The calf symbolizes that, very often, true excellence rests with those who demonstrate achievement beyond a single contribution. Just as two heads are better than one, so, too, is the service of the people these awards honor.


Behringer-Crawford Museum
Two-Headed Calf Community Service Awards
Community invited to nominate

Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park is inviting the community to apply for the museum's eighth annual Two-Headed Calf Community Service Awards. The awards are meant to celebrate the nominees' extraordinary achievement for service to the community, to history or to learning.

For service to the community: Generosity and vision

This award is a tribute to a citizen who has embraced community service not as a singular activity but with a deep commitment to doubling his or her contribution by combining the gift of service with a vision for how the quality of life in our community can be and is affirmatively improved by supporting the arts, education, culture and history that enrich each of us. The honoree's service might take the form of a contribution of his or her time, talent or treasure - or better yet, the sum of all of those. By the example of his or her stewardship and generosity, the honoree is a role model, especially for young people.

For service to history: Scholarship and public service

This award honors a resident of our community who has contributed to the preservation and understanding of our regional or state history, and whose scholarship, in the tradition Herodotus, captures the past not solely as a matter of scholarship but equally as a matter of public good.
Application for nominating in service to history

For service to learning: Academic excellence and innovation

This award is open to an individual (a student, a parent, a teacher, a principal, an administrator or a volunteer), a school or even a school district.  An auxiliary group affiliated with education can be nominated (for example, a scout troop, single teacher, a teacher and his or her class, or whole school. The award is meant to celebrate extraordinary teaching and learning, especially in disciplines dear to the Behringer-Crawford, such as history or archeology. The honoree or honorees who receive this award do not only demonstrate academic excellence, though we applaud that; the academic excellence is side by side with an innovative, energetic approach to teaching and learning.
Application for nominating in service to learning

Interested applicants can contact BCM Executive Director Laurie Risch ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 859-491-4003) for an application or visit the museum's website at Applications are due by January 10, 2018. Applications can be submitted by mail, in person or by email.


About the Two-Headed Calf Awards:


Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park is serious about its mission as “a center for the collection, presentation, study and enjoyment of our natural, cultural, and visual and performing arts heritage” – and serious about its exhibits that capture Northern Kentucky’s story.

But the museum has always had a good sense of fun, too. And perhaps nothing symbolizes that good humor more than the museum’s taxidermic prize, the two-headed calf. So, in the spirit of both serious devotion to the mission of the museum and BCM’s reputation as a fun place to visit, we annually present “Two-Headed Calf Community Service Awards” to three Northern Kentuckians with outstanding contributions to the preservation and celebration of local history, art and culture.

Typically awards celebrate one exceptional achievement. The fastest runner wins the race. The most talented violinist is awarded the gold medallion. Behringer-Crawford Museum’s Two-Headed Calf Awards recognize that very often, true excellence rests with those who demonstrate achievement beyond a single contribution. Just as two heads are better than one, so, too, is the service of the people these awards honor.

Previous Two-Headed Calf Award recipients include:

Community Service: for extraordinary stewardship and generosity

2011 Alice Sparks

2012 Mary Middleton

2013 Oakley & Eva G. Farris (posthumously - received by Clyde Middleton and family)

2015 Daniel R. Groneck

2016 Normand and Lisa Demarais

2017  Michael J. Hammons

History: for contributing to the preservation and understanding of our regional and state history

2011 James C. Claypool

2012 James A. Ramage

2013 John Boh

2014 Jim Reis

2015 Paul A. Tenkotte

2016 Theodore H.H. Harris

2017 Dave Schroeder

Education: for demonstrating academic excellence and innovative approaches in history, the arts or archaeology

2011 Judy Sanders, Baker Hunt Foundation

2012 Debbie Brown, Kenton County Schools

2013 T.W. Loring, Ockerman Elementary School

2014 Rick Hulefeld, Children Inc.

2015 Jim R. Hicks, Dixie Heights High School

2016 Raymond G. Hebert, Thomas More College

2017 Terri Cox-Cruey, Kenton County School District




Two Headed Calf Awards