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N.C. MUSEUM OF HISTORY WINS 2012 AASLH AWARD OF MERIT

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for the exhibit The Story of North Carolina. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in their 67th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.
This year, AASLH is proud to confer 59 national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, books and organizations. The winners represent the best in the field and provide 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, Oct. 5, 2012. The banquet is supported by a generous contribution from the History Channel.
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 bring public recognition of the opportunities for small and large organizations, institutions, and programs to make contributions in this arena.
“The North Carolina Museum of History is honored to receive this award for its most important exhibit, The Story of North Carolina,” said Museum Director Ken Howard. “Years of planning and many long hours of work by the museum staff have gone into creating this permanent and extensive exhibit on the state’s history. To have finally completed this exhibit and then receive this type of recognition is a proud moment in our museum’s own history.”

The Story of North Carolina
The Story of North Carolina is the largest exhibit ever produced at the N.C. Museum of History. The permanent exhibit traces life in North Carolina from its earliest inhabitants through the 20th century. More than 14,000 years of the state’s history unfold through fascinating artifacts, multimedia presentations, dioramas, and hands-on interactive components. Additionally, two full-size historic houses and several re-created environments immerse museum visitors in places where North Carolinians have lived and worked. Yet the heart ofThe Story of North Carolina focuses on the people — both well-known and everyday citizens — who shaped the Tar Heel State.
For further information about N.C. Museum of History, call 919-807-7900 or access www.ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook.To learn more about the Leadership in History Awards, contact AASLH at 615-320-3203 or go to www.aaslh.org.

About the American Association for State and Local History
The AASLH is a not-for-profit professional organization of individuals and institutions working to preserve and promote history. From its headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., 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 N.C. Museum of History
The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton Street, across from the State Capitol. Parking is available in the lot across Wilmington Street. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported symphony orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit www.ncdcr.gov.

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