Kathleen O'Neal Gear & W Michael Gear

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W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear are best selling authors & award winning archaeologists who have written over 50 books.

Year
For
Award
1968
Kathleen M. O’Neal
First Place, American Legion Essay Contest
Tipton Elementary School, Tipton, California.
1983
Kathleen O’Neal Gear
Special Achievement Award
from the U.S. Dept. of the Interior for
"outstanding management of America’s cultural heritage.”
1984
Kathleen O’Neal Gear
Special Achievement Award
from the U.S. Dept. of the Interior for
“outstanding management of America’s cultural heritage."
1998
Winner of BOOKLIST’S EDITOR’S CHOICE
for “Best Adult Book for Young Adults.”
2000

Selected as one the
Top Ten Southwest Books of the Year.

2001 
Selected as one of the
Top Ten Southwest Books of the Year.
2005
Golden Spur Award
Best Novel of the West
Western Writers of America
2005
Kathleen O'Neal Gear
Inductee into the
Women Who Write the West
Hall of Fame
2006
Golden Spur Award finalist
Best Novel of the West
Western Writers of America
2007
W. Michael Gear & Kathleen O’Neal Gear

“Literary Contribution Award,”
Mountain Plains Library Association.

2009
“Top Choice Award”
Flamingnet
2010
Selected by the Kansas National Education Association
for the Kansas State Reading Circle for Middle School/Junior High schools.
2011
Massachusetts Public Library’s Readers Connection
- They Came Before Us Selection.
2013
Norfolk Public Library’s
American Indian Heritage Month Booklist Selection.
2015
Kathleen O’Neal Gear
Inducted into the California State University Alumni Hall of Fame
February 28, 2015.
2015
Kathleen O’Neal Gear
"Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition" to Kathleen O’Neal Gear from the Honorable Kevin McCarthy, U.S. House of Representatives, “in recognition for outstanding and invaluable service to the community."
2015
Kathleen O’Neal Gear
“Certificate of Recognition” from the Kern County Board of Supervisors, for “exemplary public service and civic contributions to the community of Kern County.”
2015
Kathleen O’Neal Gear
California Legislature, Joint Member Resolution No. 117, commending Kathleen O’Neal Gear “for her exemplary record of professional and civic achievements” and saying, “The contributions of Kathleen Gear to the fields of history, archaeology, and writing have been invaluable, and she has served as a worthy model for all public-spirited people of the State of California…"