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U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 projects win national awards for Minnesota Historical Society

An exhibit on the war at the History Center, along with a website, public programs and other efforts to illuminate the causes and effects, were deemed exemplary.

The Minnesota Historical Society has won two national awards for its efforts to commemorate the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862,

On the 150th anniversary of the war, the MHS had a comprehensive exhibit at the History Center, along with a website, public programs, a mobile phone tour, publications and an oral history.

Now, the American Association for State and Local History has given the comprehensive effort these awards:

  • 2013 History in Progress (HIP) Award
  • 2013 Leadership in History Award

And MHS says it also won Leadership in History Awards for the Alexander Ramsey House Redevelopment Project and Then Now Wow, a Minnesota History Center exhibit designed especially for children.

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Says the MHS:

The AASLH Leadership in History Award is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. The HIP Award is an additional award for a Leadership in History Award winner whose nomination is highly inspirational, exhibits exceptional scholarship, and/or is exceedingly entrepreneurial in terms of funding, partnerships, or collaborations, creative problem solving, or unusual project design and inclusiveness. Only five HIP Awards are being presented in 2013.