The “Wisconsin Magazine of History” Wins National Award of Merit

The Wisconsin Historical Society Press proudly announces that the “Wisconsin Magazine of History” is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards!

The American Association of State and Local History’s Leadership in History Award, now in its 65th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. Awards for 2010 represent 49 organizations and individuals from across the United States. Award winners will be honored at a special banquet during the 2010 AASLH Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Friday, September 24.

The “Wisconsin Magazine of History“, the full-color quarterly magazine of the Wisconsin Historical Society, is read by Society members in all 50 states and around the world. The publication engages readers with intriguing articles about the people, places, and events of Wisconsin’s past. Sharing the stories of Wisconsin since it was first published in 1917, the “Wisconsin Magazine of History” celebrates all that makes Wisconsin special. In 2000, the magazine was redesigned to a more illustrative format using the Society’s rich image collection. The topics featured also reflect a broader range – including – cancellation of the Wisconsin Badger football games of 1957 and 1958 due to racism, Wisconsin Farmers’ Institutes cooking schools, the contribution of Wisconsin’s plywood industry to World War II, Wisconsin’s historic windmills, photographs of beloved Wisconsin Dells attractions, Women for a Peaceful Christmas and the Sound Storm festival of April 1970.

In support of the “Wisconsin Magazine of History’s” nomination for the Award of Merit, scholars from around the country contributed testimonies to the superior publication:

“It has become simply the best magazine of its kind in the country and deserves recognition from the AASLH for its tradition of leadership.”–Kent Calder, Executive Director, Texas State Historical Association

“No matter what words are used to describe the richness of the “Wisconsin Magazine of History”, it can only be appreciated by looking at it and reading the articles. I consider the back issues of the WMH on my book shelf in my study as a valuable resource – a sort of library within a library. On a local scale, it can be compared to National Geographic for its beauty and quality of articles. It is a model for the field. Other magazines will use it as the gold standard to emulate.” – John Kaminski, Director of the Center for the Study of the American Constitution

The Wisconsin Historical Society was founded in 1846, two years before Wisconsin became the 30th state, and it ranks as one of the largest, most active, and most diversified state historical societies in the nation. The Society helps people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories.

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 brings public recognition of the opportunities for small and large organizations, institutions, and programs to make contributions in this arena.

The Wisconsin Historical Society Press, founded in 1855, is the state’s oldest publisher.

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