Magazine of State and Regional History wins National Award of Merit

TACOMA… The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) has awarded the Washington State Historical Society a Leadership in History Award of Merit for Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History. The AASLH Awards, now in their 71st year, are the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

Published for members since 1987, COLUMBIA features generously illustrated articles by leading writers and scholars on a wide variety of historical topics. The magazine examines the continuing dialogue between past and present as well as the relationship between local history and the broad pattern of regional or national events. A valued benefit of Historical Society membership, COLUMBIA includes commentaries and book reviews, plus historical photographs, maps, drawings, paintings, and ephemera, often from the Society’s own collections.

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 as they preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful in American society.

AASLH initiated its awards program in 1945 to establish and encourage nationwide standards of excellence in the collection, preservation and interpretation of state and local history. Leadership in History Awards not only honor significant achievement but also bring public recognition to the individuals, organizations and programs that make outstanding contributions in this arena. Presentation of the awards took place at a special banquet during the 2016 AASLH Annual Meeting in Detroit, Michigan. The banquet was supported by a generous contribution from the History Channel.

Founded in 1891 and now into its second century of service, the Washington State Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and presenting Washington's rich and storied history, and offers a variety of services to researchers, historians, scholars, and lifelong learners.

JK receiving AASLH Award

Washington State Historical Society Director Jennifer Kilmer accepts the Award of Merit for COLUMBIA magazine at the AASLH annual meeting in Detroit.