We are thrilled to announce that Recollection Wisconsin and our parent organization, WiLS, are the recipients of an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) for the newly redesigned recollectionwisconsin.org website. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 68th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.
This year, AASLH is proud to confer eighty-eight national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, books, and organizations. The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history. Presentation of the awards will be made at a special banquet during the 2013 AASLH Annual Meeting in Birmingham, Alabama, on Friday, September 20. The banquet is supported by a generous contribution from the History Channel.
The AASLH awards program was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards not only honor significant achievement in the field of state and local history, but also brings public recognition of the opportunities for small and large organizations, institutions, and programs to make contributions in this arena.
Recollection Wisconsin was one of six Wisconsin projects, programs, and people to receive a Leadership in History award this year, a record number of winners for the state. The other awards went to:
- Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School, Department of Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Arijit Sen, for the project Picturing Milwaukee: Thurston Woods Pilot Study
- History Museum at the Castle, for the exhibit Progressive Appleton: Through the Lens of W.D. Schlafer
- Martin C. Perkins, for his scholarship in the field of historic preservation and the significant role he played in the development of Old World Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Historical Society Press and Wisconsin Public Television, for the publication Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin’s Historic Bars and Breweries
- Wisconsin Public Radio, for the audio essay series Wisconsin Life
Image credit: Soil conservation awards, photo by Don Krohn for the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune ca. 1950. South Wood County Historical Corporation.