Each year, the American Association for State and Local History honors individuals and institutions that have achieved a high standard of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history. This year, the Utah Humanities Council is one of the honorees for AASLH's 67th annual Leadership in History Awards for their Museum Interpretation Initiative: Telling Our Stories (MII), in partnership with the Utah Museums Association.
The MII program was designed to assist small Utah museums in telling their stories through a series of free regional workshops. The hands-on training is meant to educate museum staff and volunteers in best practice collection research, exhibit development, and interpretive techniques that will allow them to create their own interpretative exhibits at their home institutions. So far, thirty-two museums from across Utah have completed exhibits as a part of the MII workshop program.
The Leadership in History 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 America. “The Leadership in History Awards is AASLH’s highest distinction and the winners represent the best in the field,” said Terry Davis, AASLH President & CEO. “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.” Presentation of the awards will be made at a special banquet during the 2012 AASLH Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Friday, October 5, 2012.