The Minnesota Historical Society Wins Prestigious National Awards for U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 Commemoration

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July 2, 2013
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The Minnesota Historical Society Wins Prestigious National Awards for U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 Commemoration

MHS Earns a Total of Four 2013 Awards from the American Association for State and Local History

The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) has earned two national awards for its educational initiatives related to the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862: a 2013 History in Progress (HIP) Award and a 2013 Leadership in History Award, both from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).

Throughout 2012, the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War, MHS offered many new ways for people to learn about the war including a website, a mobile phone tour, an oral history project, public programs, publications and an exhibit at the Minnesota History Center.

The Minnesota Historical Society has also won Leadership in History Awards for the Alexander Ramsey House Redevelopment Project which led to innovative, new programs that are increasing visitation at the historic site, and Then Now Wow, a Minnesota History Center exhibit designed especially for children.

The AASLH Leadership in History Award is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. The HIP Award is an additional award for a Leadership in History Award winner whose nomination is highly inspirational, exhibits exceptional scholarship, and/or is exceedingly entrepreneurial in terms of funding, partnerships, or collaborations, creative problem solving, or unusual project design and inclusiveness. Only five HIP Awards are being presented in 2013.

About AASLH
The American Association for State and Local History is a not-for-profit professional organization of individuals and institutions working to preserve and promote history. From its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, AASLH provides leadership, service, and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful in American society. AASLH publishes books, technical publications, a quarterly magazine and monthly newsletter. The association also sponsors regional and national training workshops and an annual meeting.

About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.