2013 Twitter reenactment of Quantrill's Raid honored with awards

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area News Release


Sonia J. Smith, Marketing Manager
(785) 856-5304, ssmith@freedomsfrontier.org

Julie McPike, Managing Director
(785) 856-5283, jmcpike@freedomsfrontier.org

Bethany Hawkins - AASLH
(615) 320-3203, hawkins@aaslh.org

American Association of State and Local History recognizes Twitter event
with Leadership in History, and History in Progress Awards

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) this week will honor Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) and community partners for an event marking the 150th anniversary of Quantrill's Raid, #QR1863: A Collaborative Twitter Reenactment of Quantrill's Raid.

Kansas City (MO) Public Library will also be honored, for its Web site, Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict, 1854-1865. Freedom's Frontier was one of several partners that collaborated with the library to create this resource.
Both projects received the AASLH Leadership in History Award of Merit, which is presented for excellence in history programs, projects, and people when compared with similar activities nationwide. The award is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

Additionally, #QR1863 was the recipient of the History in Progress Award (HIP), an award given at the discretion of the awards committee to 5% or fewer of the total Award of Merit winners. The HIP Award recognizes a project that 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.

"The Leadership in History Awards is AASLH's highest distinction and the winners represent the best in the field," said Terry Davis, AASLH President & CEO. "This year, we are pleased to distinguish each recipient's commitment and innovation to the interpretation of history, as well as their leadership for the future of state and local history."

This is the 69th annual presentation of Leadership in History Awards. Seventy-seven national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, books, and organizations will be presented. The awards will be presented during Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts, the AASLH Annual Meeting in St. Paul, MN, September 17-20, at a special banquet supported by a contribution from the History Channel.

Julie McPike, Managing Director of Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, will be at the annual meeting as a presenter, and to accept the AASLH awards for #QR1863. Collaboration among several Kansas institutions resulted in a Twitter-based, real time "reenactment" of Quantrill's Raid -- one of the worst Civil War-era raids on civilians -- on its sesquicentennial, August 21, 2013, in Lawrence, KS. The event trended worldwide, received national press, and won multiple awards.

McPike will chair a panel to discuss details of coordinating and executing this multiple-participant online event. Abby Magariel, Education and Programs Coordinator for the Watkins Museum of History in Lawrence, and Christine Metz Howard, Public Affairs Officer, University of Kansas News Service, are the other panelists. Their session is Thursday, September 18, 1:30 -2:45 p.m.  
The Leadership in History 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 America. Each nomination is peer-reviewed by AASLH's state captains. Final awards are decided by the Awards Committee, comprised of AASLH's fourteen regional representatives and the National Awards Chair.

See the full list of award recipients by state.

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 www.aaslh.org.

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For More Information about #QR1863:
The Twitter Feed
Tweets began in June 2013. You will need to scroll to see the 2013 tweets. For a another way to visit the Twitter reenactment, try the link below to see what was archived with Storify.


Julie McPike - jmcpike@freedomsfrontier.org
Christine Metz Howard - cmetzhoward@ku.edu
Abby Magariel - amagariel@watkinsmuseum.org

Heritage Area Fast Facts
Mission: Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) is dedicated to building awareness of the struggles for freedom in western Missouri and eastern Kansas. These diverse, interwoven, and nationally important stories grew from a unique physical and cultural landscape. FFNHA inspires respect for multiple perspectives and empowers residents to preserve and share these stories. We achieve our goals through interpretation, preservation, conservation, and education for all residents and visitors.

Kansas Counties: Allen · Anderson · Atchison · Bourbon · Chautauqua · Cherokee · Clay · Coffey · Crawford· Douglas · Franklin · Geary · Jackson · Jefferson · Johnson · Labette · Leavenworth · Linn · Miami · Montgomery · Neosho · Osage · Pottawatomie · Riley · Shawnee · Wabaunsee · Wilson · Woodson · Wyandotte

Missouri Counties: Barton · Bates · Buchanan · Cass · Clay · Jackson · Johnson · Lafayette · Platte · Ray · St. Clair · Vernon

Established: October 12, 2006

Web site: www.freedomsfrontier.org

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