BANGOR, Maine — The American Association for State and Local History recently announced that the Bangor Museum and History Center is the recipient of a 2012 Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards committee.
The BMHC is being honored for their collaborative project with the Bangor High School, Exploring Historic Landscapes Using GIS: The Great Bangor Fire of 1911, a history and science project featuring 15 student maps that were displayed as part of The Great Fire exhibit in 2011.
In addition to the Award of Merit, the Bangor Museum and History Center and Bangor High School, were also selected as a 2013 HIP (History in Progress) Award winner by the Leadership in History awards committee.
The HIP Award, given at the discretion of the Committee, is an additional award for an Award of Merit 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 three HIP Awards will be presented in 2013. AASLH congratulates the Bangor Museum and History Center and Bangor High School for the work that has brought this honor.
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. Each nomination is peer-reviewed by AASLH’s state captains. Final awards are decided by the Awards Committee, comprised of AASLH’s 14 regional representatives and the National Awards Chair.
The awards include:
- The Award of Merit which is presented for excellence in history programs, projects, and people when compared with similar activities nationwide;
- The Albert B. Corey Award, named in honor of a founder and former president of AASLH, which recognizes primarily volunteer-operated historical organizations that best display the qualities of vigor, scholarship, and imagination in their work.
- The HIP Award is an award given at the discretion of the awards committee to 5 percent or less of the total winners of the Award of Merit for a project that 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.
Presentation of the awards will be made at a special banquet during the 2012 AASLH Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. The awards banquet is supported by a generous contribution from the History Channel.
The Bangor Museum and History Center is Maine’s second oldest historical society and houses one of the nation’s largest Civil War collections. The museum is located in the historic Thomas A. Hill House on the corner of Union and High Streets in Bangor. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Call 207-942-1900 or visit www.bangormuseum.com for more information.
The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is a not-for-profit professional organization of individuals and institutions working to preserve and promote history. From its headquarters in Nashville, Ten., 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. For more information about AASLH, visit www.aaslh.org.