Virginia (Virgy) Lund
(308) 865-8284

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is now accepting Nebraska submissions for the 2004 Awards Program, according to Virgy Lund, AASLH Awards Program state chair and curator for the G.W. Frank House, located on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus.

“Nebraska has a rich culture and heritage on the plains, and it would be good for the rest of the country to know about it,” Lund said. “I encourage applications from across the state.” Nebraska entries from St. Paul and North Platte have earned national awards in the past.

“Now in its 59th year, the AASLH annual Awards Program is the most prestigious national recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of local, state and regional history,” Lund said. Nominations are due to Lund by March 1.

The AASLH recognizes exemplary work completed by the state or federal historical societies, institutions or agencies, regional, county, or local historical societies, institutions or agencies; specialized subject societies in the related fields such as oral history, genealogy, folklore, archaeology, business history, railroad history, etc.; junior historical societies; private museums or foundations; individuals; and organizations outside the field of traditional historical agencies. Awards are given for general excellence exhibits, public programming, special projects, media/publications, individual achievement and preservation or restoration projects. Nominees need not be members of the AASLH.

Nomination forms are available on-line at; by phone, 615-320-3203; or by e-mail, In Nebraska, contact Lund by phone, 308.865.8284, or e-mail,

Nominations are reviewed by the national committee in the summer of 2004 with formal presentation of the awards made during the AASLH Annual Meeting Sept. 29 – Oct. 2 in St. Louis, MO.

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. From its headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., AASLH works to advance knowledge, understanding and appreciation of local history in America.