The American Association for State and Local History announces the Heard Museum as the recipient of an Award of Excellence for its exhibition Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories.
The AASLH Leadership in History Awards Program, in its 75th year, is noted as the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.
This year, AASLH confers 57 national awards honoring people, projects, exhibitions, and publications, representing the best in the field and provides leadership for the future of state and local history, according to a press release.
The AASLH Leadership in History Awards Program --- 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 --- honors significant achievement in state and local history along with recognizing the innovative accomplishments of small and large organizations, institutions, and programs.
Developed under the leadership of Heard Museum curator Janet Cantley, Away From Home conveys the complex histories surrounding U.S. government efforts during the 19th and 20th centuries to educate and “assimilate” American Indian youth through the controversial practice of removing children from their families and forcibly placing them in distant boarding schools, the release detailed.
The exhibition was developed with an advisory committee of scholars and culture bearers from Indigenous communities nationwide and presents diverse perspectives and personal stories that highlight this challenging history. Away from Home is on view at the Heard Museum now.
The partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mid-America Arts Alliance, a traveling iteration of the exhibition is developed through the NEH on the Road program. The Away From Home compendium exhibition is scheduled to visit 24 institutions nationwide, ranging from libraries to museums and historical societies.
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, according to the release, noting that the association also sponsors an annual meeting, regional and national training, in-person workshops, and online training.