State Historical Society receives prestigious leadership award
Interactive CD-ROM about Meskwaki history recognized

For immediate release June 29, 2007

 

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa announced today it has received an Award of Merit for preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

The American Association for State and Local History named SHSI and the Meskwaki Nation Historical Preservation Office as recipients of a Leadership in History Award of Merit for producing Meskwaki History, an interactive CD-ROM that documents and preserves the history of the Meskwaki tribe. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 62nd year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

“Being named a Leadership in History Award of Merit recipient validates the important work done by the State Historical Society to preserve and protect Iowa’s rich history,” said Cyndi Pederson, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. “Our staff worked hand in hand with the Meskwaki tribe to produce this interactive CD-ROM, and we are grateful for their enthusiastic cooperation in helping to preserve their history, which is an integral part of Iowa’s past.”

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.

SHSI Project Manager Mary Bennett of Iowa City and tribal historians, Johnathan Lantz Buffalo and Dawn Suzanne Wanattee, created the CD-ROM as a primary and secondary source on Meskwaki history. Chockfull of information, the CD contains 1,230 pages of text and documents; 357 images or photographs; 13 film clips; 8 audio segments; 12 historical maps; artifact images from SHSI collections; documents such as treaties, census records and tribal constitution; examples of Meskwaki language; history and archaeology information; extensive bibliography of literature relating to the tribe; a timeline and lesson plans.

“As a learning tool, Meskwaki History promotes greater awareness and celebration of tribal heritage while creating a better understanding of the contributions of the Meskwaki,” Bennett said. “This CD-ROM brings to the public photographs, audio clips, movies, documents, maps and artifacts from the collections of the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Historical Preservation Office of the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa.”

Meskwaki History was created with support from SHSI, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the State Historical Society of Iowa is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Please visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

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.

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