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The American Association for State and Local History, or AASLH, recently announced that the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University is the recipient of an Award of Merit for “Remembering the Great War: Alabama and World War One.” The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 73rd year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

“Remembering the Great War: Alabama and World War One” is a traveling exhibit created by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Alabama Department of Archives and History, with assistance from industrial design students in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction and Associate Professor Shu-Wen Tzeng.

The exhibit commemorates the centennial anniversary of the state’s involvement in the war and enlivens an important period of history which often goes overlooked. “Remembering the Great War” tells the story of the war from the perspectives of Alabamians whose lives were shaped by the conflict. For more information on the exhibit, its creators and content, go to www.rememberingthegreatwar.org.

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, Tennessee, 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. 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 bring public recognition of the opportunities for small and large organizations, institutions and programs to make contributions in this arena.

The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts creates opportunities that explore our individual and collective experiences, values and identities through the creativity of the arts and the wisdom of the humanities. For more information about the Center, visit www.auburn.edu/cah.