The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) announced that Concordia University, St. Paul history professor Dr. Thomas Saylor and Dave Kenney are the recipients of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for the publication Minnesota in the ‘70s. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 69th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.
Released in October 2013, Saylor and Kenney’s book tells the story of people, places, and events that defined the state of Minnesota during the 1970s. Twin Cities Public Television produced a 26-minute documentary inspired by the book which aired late last year.
This year the AASLH presented seventy-seven 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 2014 AASLH Annual Meeting in St. Paul, Minn., on Friday, September 19. 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 bring public recognition of the opportunities for small and large organizations, institutions, and programs to make contributions in this arena. For more information go to www.aaslh.org.