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Accepting the Leading Age Innovation Award for OSS: Operation Sight & Sound



  • Leading Age Innovation Award — OSS: Operation Sight & Sound. (2017)

  • Minnesota Veteran’s Home Initiative Award — OSS: Operation Sight & Sound. (2016)

  • Minnesota State Government Innovation Award,

  • University of Minnesota-Humphrey School of Public Affairs — OSS: Operation Sight & Sound. (2016)

  • Outdoor Excellence, Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota (2008)

  • Emmy “On the Road” in Best Magazine (Composite/Music) KSTP-TV (2004–2007)

  • Freeman Tilden Award, National Parks and Conservation Association, Midwest Region. (1997)

  • Gold Award: International Film and TV Festival of New York (1983, 1986)

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Press release about Charlie receiving the National Park Service's Freeman Tilden award, Nov. 11, 1997

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“Maguire’s music looks out, he sings outward, he reaches outward. He invites the listener to be active.”

     — John Ziegler, Duluth News Tribune

“He can sing. I mean really sing.” 

     — Diane Sawyer, "Good Morning America"


“Charlie Maguire is something of a legend in the midwest. He commands a respect far beyond his years with his stories and songs of the heartland of America and the people who live there.”

     — Winnipeg Folk Festival

Grants & Fellowships


  • Finalist, Marion Fellowship, State University of New York at Fredonia. 

  • Humanities Scholar, Minnesota Humanities Commission, St. Paul. 

  • Ucross Foundation Fellow. 

  • Fulbright Scholar,  U.S. Department of State, Bavaria, Germany — taught high school students about Bob Dylan and American Blues Music. 

  • Fulbright Scholar,  U.S. Department of State, Malta — wrote songs about the environment with students at De La Salle College. 

  • American Composers Forum — traveled on a  U.S. Coast Guard vessel Sundew–WCB404 to write songs about working the Great Lakes, buoy replacement, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s work on Isle Royale. 

  • Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship — rode ore and grain freighters (merchant vessel Nordic Trader and SS William Clay Ford) from Duluth to Montreal and through the St. Lawrence Seaway writing songs about the crews, the shipping industry, and oceangoing journeys. 

  • Minnesota State Arts Board Individual Artist Grants — wrote songs about the Great Lakes and mining on the Iron Range. 

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