The Disneyana Fan Club Disney Heritage Awards

In 2010, the Club introduced the Disneyana Fan Club Disney Heritage Award. The award will honor individuals from outside the company who have in some significant way worked to preserve or promote Disney history. Award recipients may include preservationists, historians, curators and others who have

  • Advocated for the preservation and/or restoration of buildings, artifacts or artwork that are prominent in the Disney story
  • Written biographies, histories or analyses generally regarded to be accurate and that present Walt Disney and the Disney organization appropriately
  • Organized events, celebrations or festivals that shine a spotlight on Disney history and/or introduce Disney’s history to younger generations
  • Documented the creation or development of Disney films, theme park attractions and other accomplishments
  • Worked to preserve and/or restore Disney short subjects, feature films and television programs or the artwork created for them
 or otherwise advanced the cause of preservation and promotion of Disney history.
 
In presenting the award, the club’s goals are to express appreciation for the work being done, to help publicize the work and, when appropriate, to support (financially or otherwise) the work.
 
The award is presented annually; recipients are selected by the club’s awards committee in consultation with previous recipients, Disneyana Fan Club Disney Legend Award honorees and others.

The Walt Disney Family Foundation (2011)

The Walt Disney Family Foundation was honored for its work promoting scholarly research, education and publication of information on subjects relating to Walt Disney and the time during which he lived. 
 
The Foundation was established in 1995 by Walt Disney’s daughter, Diane Disney Miller, and members of her immediate family.  Walter E. D. Miller, grandson of Walt Disney, is the Foundation's current president.
 
The Foundation’s projects have included Walt: The Man Behind the Myth, the 2001 documentary in which a Who’s Who of Disney legends and members of Walt’s family talked about the man they knew and loved. In addition to the interviews, the film included home movies of Walt and his family that had not previously been seen by the public. The Foundation also produced Walt and El Grupo, the 2008 documentary about Walt Disney’s 1941 goodwill tour of South America.
In addition to its own projects, the Foundation has also supported other preservation efforts. For example, a Foundation grant supported the Carolwood Pacific Society’s purchase and restoration of one of the original Santa Fe & Disneyland railroad cars.

Leonard Maltin (2010)

Leonard Maltin, one of the country’s most recognized and respected film critics and historians, is a long-time Disney fan and is being honored for his work to preserve and promote the Disney legacy.
 

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