The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) announced the Heard Museum is a 2020 recipient of an Award of Excellence for its exhibition Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards Program, now in its 75th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

AASLH conferred 57 national awards in 2020 honoring people, projects, exhibitions, and publications. The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history.

The AASLH 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 the United States. The awards not only honor significant achievement in the field of state and local history, but also bring public recognition to the superior and innovative accomplishments of small and large organizations, institutions, and programs in this arena.

Read more about the AASLH and the awards at their website.

Late 19thC/early 20thC painting showing a young Native child in breechlout and leather clothing in a distraught state with his arm over his eyes being comforted by another boy in a European style military uniform who stands over him with his hand on the other's shoulder.
Angel DeCora, Ho-Chunk (Winnebago), 1871-1919, Untitled, 1900 Oil on canvas. Courtesy of J. Andrew Darling
This painting was made as the frontispiece for Francis La Flesche’s book The Middle Five, published in 1900, about young Omaha boys going to a mission school in northeast Nebraska.
thin banner of photographs of the inside of the Boarding School exhibition