AASLH Announces 2015 Leadership in History Award Winners

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces the winners of the 70th annual Leadership in History Awards, the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. This year, AASLH is proud to confer sixty national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, books, and organizations.“The Leadership in History Awards is AASLH’s highest distinction and the winners represent the best in the field,” said Trina Nelson Thomas, AASLH Awards Chair and Director, Stark Art & History Venue, Stark Foundation. “This year, we are pleased to distinguish each recipient’s commitment and innovation to the interpretation of history, as well as their leadership for the future of state and local history.” The Leadership in History Awards Program was initiated in 1945 to build standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout America. Each nomination is peer-reviewed by AASLH’s state captains. Final awards are decided by the Awards Committee, comprised of AASLH’s fourteen regional representatives and the National Awards Chair.

Congratulations to the following four AASLH Leadership in History Award winners from Pennsylvnia!

  • Brain L. Fitz and Kenneth Burkett for the publication The Scripture Rocks: Why Douglas Stahlman Carved His Legacy in Stone
  • Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site for the exhibit The Big Graph
  • Senator John Heinz History Center for The Civil War in Pennsylvania traveling exhibit
  • Betsy Ross House for the project Dressing the Bed: a Living Demonstration of 18th Century Needlework

Presentation of the awards will be made at a special banquet during the 2015 AASLH Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky September 18.

About the American Association for State and Local History: Since 1940, AASLH has provided leadership and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history to make the past more meaningful. AASLH is a not-for-profit professional organizationof individuals and institutions working to preserve and promote history. From its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, AASLH works to advance knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of local history in America. AASLH publishes books, technical publications, a quarterly magazine, a monthlynewsletter, and maintains numerous affinity groups and committees serving a broad range of constituentsacross the historical community. The association also sponsors regional and national training workshopsand an annual meeting. For more information, visit www.aaslh.org.

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