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CWB Recognized with National Award for Historic Preservation!

July 8, 2011

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) has named four Washington State historic preservation organizations among the winners of the 66th annual national Leadership in History Awards, the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.  Award winners include; The Center for Wooden Boats, the Museum of History & Industry, the Washington Women’s History Consortium and Washington State Historical Society.

The Center for Wooden Boats was recognized for overall institutional excellence in preserving Northwest maritime history since 1976. The Museum of History & Industry received an Award of Merit for “MOHAI Minutes,” a web-based series of videos featuring historic points of interest around Seattle as well as special artifacts, documents and photographs from MOHAI’s unique collection. The Washington Women’s History Consortium and Washington State Historical Society were jointly recognized for creating the Washington State Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemoration. The awards to all four groups will be presented in September as part of the AASLH annual meeting in Richmond, Virginia.

“CWB is honored to be recognized for its commitment to making maritime history come alive,” said Betsy Davis, Executive Director of The Center for Wooden Boats.  “We are lucky to live in a region with so many groups dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of our region’s history – and it is our colleagues’ work that serves as an inspiration to us and a constant call to excellence.”

“MOHAI is excited to receive this award,” said Leonard Garfield, Executive Director of MOHAI. “MOHAI Minutes takes history to unexpected places and allows every viewer of You Tube to share in the excitement of history. MOHAI is proud to create this innovative model.”

“The honor the Washington State Historical Society received, plus those of our sister institutions, speak to the breadth and depth of heritage interpretation capability in the state of Washington, said Shanna Stevenson of the Washington State Historical Society. “As a native of Seneca Falls, the home of women’s rights, it is especially pleasing to be associated with an effort that calls attention to the contribution of women to this nation’s culture and civic life.”

About The American Association for State and Local History: AASLH is a not-for-profit professional organization of individuals and institutions working to preserve and promote history. From its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, AASLH works to advance knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of local history in America. AASLH publishes books, technical publications, a quarterly magazine, and monthly newsletter. The association also sponsors regional and national training workshops and an annual meeting. For more information on the awards program and AASLH, please visit

About The Center for Wooden Boats: The Center for Wooden Boats (, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1976, provides a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations. CWB, with year round locations both at South Lake Union in Seattle and at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, engages visitors in whole body learning by putting the historic boats, oars and paddles, sails and tools in the hands of people who visit. To learn more about year-around maritime activities at Seattle’s Lake Union Park visit

About MOHAI: MOHAI has grown to become the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington, by collecting, preserving, and presenting the rich history of the Pacific Northwest.  MOHAI attracts more than 60,000 visitors annually from the area and beyond, including thousands of school children. Its engaging exhibits and programs, collection of nearly 4 million historic artifacts, archives and photographs, and its award-winning educational programs have created a truly unique appreciation for the Northwest’s diverse cultural, social and economic history. MOHAI is located in McCurdy Park in Seattle’s Montlake neighborhood and is open 10 AM to 5 PM every day of the week.  For further information on MOHAI including special programs and admission rates, please visit or call 206-324-1126.

About the Washington State Historical Society: The Washington State Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c)3 membership organization, open to any and all individuals, families, or firms. The Society is also recognized in statute (RCW 27.34) as a trustee agency of the state of Washington with enumerated powers. Founded in 1891 and now into its second century of service, the Washington State Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and vividly presenting Washington’s rich and varied history. The Society is comprised of a family of museums and research centers, offering a variety of services to researchers, historians, scholars, and the lifelong learner. To learn more about The Washington State Historical Society visit

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