July 11, 2012

The 2012 Leadership in History Awards from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)

Updated: July 20, 2013: The 2013 list of winners, with links to organizations and projects.

Updated: September 25, 2012: Links to resources added.  If you have changes or suggestions for other links, add a comment below.

Also, add your history-related organization or site or event or exhibit to The History List.  (This one page guide gives you a quick snapshot of The History List.)

Congratulations to this year's award recipients, who will be recognized at the AASLH Leadership in History Awards Banquet on October 5 during the 2012 AASLH Annual Conference in Salt Lake City.

Award of Distinction

Dr. Robert Archibald (video of 2010 address)

The Albert B. Corey Award

Babcock-Smith House Museum, Westerly, RI


Historic Chattahoochee Commission, Troup County Historical Society, and Anthony Gene Carey 
for the publication Sold Down the River: Slavery in the Lower Chattahoochee River Valley of Alabama and Georgia


Arizona State Museum 
for the exhibit Many Mexicos: Vistas de la Frontera (video news program on exhibit)


Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park
 for the Antelope Valley Indian Museum Structural and Environmental Controls Project

Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation and Heyday Books 
for the publication Rancho Los Alamitos-Ever Changing, Always the Same


Gunn Memorial Museum
 for the project Letters from the Battlefield: Stories of Washington’s Civil War Soldiers

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center 
for the program Harriet Beecher Stowe: Inspiring Action for 200 Years

The Litchfield Historical Society for the online database The Ledger

Washington, D.C. 

Woodrow Wilson House
 for the exhibit Woodrow Wilson, President Electric: Harnessing the Power of Innovation in the Progressive Era


Atlanta History Center 
for the school program The Price of Freedom: Causes and Consequences of the Civil War

John C. Inscoe 
for the publication The Civil War in Georgia: a New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion

Georgia Southern University, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
for the Camp Lawton Archaeological Project


Lila Hill
 for her tireless dedication to documenting and preserving the history of Meridian, ID

Mary E. Reed 
for thirty years of preserving and interpreting Idaho history


Salisbury House and Gardens
 for the Salisbury House Interior Restoration Project


Conner Prairie Interactive History Park 
for the exhibit 1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana


Abbe Museum 
for the exhibit Indians and Rusticators: Wabanakis and Summer Visitors on Mount Desert Island 1840s-1920s

Bangor Museum and History Center and Bangor High School for Exploring Historic Landscapes Using GIS: The Great Bangor Fire of 1911  Also the recipient of a History in Progress Award.


Boston Public Library 
for the project 150th Anniversary of the Civil War: A City-Wide Commemoration of History

Historic New England 
for the preservation of the Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House ("Nooks and Crannies" event takes place here.)

Jean Foley Doyle
 for a lifetime of preserving and promoting the history of 20th-century Newburyport

Preservation Worcester for the project By the Canal

The Trustees of Reservations 
for the project Elizabeth Freeman: A Story of Courage


Detroit Historical Society for the website Building Detroit

Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society
 for the publication The Village Table: A Delicious History of Food in the Saugatuck- Douglas Area


Anton Treuer 
for the publication The Assassination of Hole in the Day (book review)

Minnesota Landmarks, Inc. and Minnesota Historical Society for the Uncle Sam’s New Deal Traveling Exhibit


Lindenwood University and Jeffrey Smith for the publication The Confluence

Missouri History Museum 
for the publication Captain Joseph Boyce and the 1st Missouri Infantry, C.S.A.

Missouri History Museum
 for the multimedia exhibition Kirkwood Roots

U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, Jean Svadlenak, and Svadlenak Museum Consulting
 for exhibit Americans by Choice: The Story of Immigration and Citizenship in Kansas with The American Dream: In Their Own Words

Barbara Decker, The Campbell House Museum, The Griot Museum of Black History, The Eugene Field House, and the education group: Jeff Kopolow, Carlene Fullerton, Jean Turney, and Sue Hegarty
 for the Urban Museum Collaborative


Montana Historical Society and Montana Office of Public Instruction Indian Education for All 
for Best Practices in Museum Education: Museums and Schools as Co-Educators (blog post)

New Hampshire

Canterbury Historical Society
 for the Canterbury One-Room Schoolhouse program

New York

Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG92
 for the development of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG92

New-York Historical Society Museum and Library 
for excellence in telling the story of the history of New York City

The Olana Partnership 
for the Olana Viewshed Symposium

North Carolina

North Carolina Museum of History for the exhibit The Story of North Carolina

Betty Jamerson Reed
 for the publication School Segregation in Western North Carolina, 1860s-1970s


The Durham Museum
 for their Distance Learning Initiative


Massillon Museum
 for the project Faces of Rural America

Ohio Historical Society 
for the exhibit Controversy: Pieces You Don’t Normally See

Ohio Historical Society
 for the Ohio as America Online 4th Grade Textbook

Ohio Historical Society and Partners 
for the Ohio History Service Corps-AmeriCorps Program


Cultural Resources Department, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill
 for the exhibit Grand Ronde’s Canoe Journey

South Dakota

Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center
 for the development of the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center

Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society for the exhibit Our South Dakota: Big Land/Big Ideas/Big Heart

The World War II Pheasant Canteen Team 
for The World War II Pheasant Canteen Team (video). Also the recipient of a History in Progress Award.


Buck Kahler and Chris Albrecht
 for the documentary The Mysterious Lost State of Franklin


Ruthe Winegarten Memorial Foundation for Texas Women’s History for Texas Women’s History Moments: a One-Month Radio Series


Donald L. Enders 
for fifty years of researching and restoring historic sites for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


Humanities Council and Utah Museums Association for the Museum Interpretation Initiative: Telling Our Stories


Vermont Historical Society
 for the project Vermont History Explorer

Vermont Historical Society and Donald H. Wickman 
for the publication A Very Fine Appearance: The Vermont Civil War Photographs of George Houghton


Bainbridge Island Historical Museum 
for excellence in preserving and sharing the history of Bainbridge Island

Dr. Lorraine McConaghy 
for the publication New Land, North of the Columbia

Washington State Department of Transportation 
for the exhibit Milepost 31
.  Also the recipient of a History in Progress Award.


Wisconsin Historical Society Press 
for the publication People of the Big Voice: Photographs of Ho-Chunk Families by Charles Van Schaick, 1879-1942

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