Fairfield Museum’s Rising Tides exhibition wins award

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) announces that the Fairfield Museum & History Center is the recipient of an Award of Merit for its exhibition Rising Tides, Fairfield’s Coast: Past to Future. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards is in its 72nd year of recognizing achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

The timely exhibition explored the Fairfield, Connecticut shoreline’s long history of coastal resilience, through stunning photographs, artifacts, interactive displays and documents, and examined how climate change presents new challenges for the future. The exhibition also provides a starting point for discussions, events and programs related to sustainability, the importance of Long Island Sound and storm preparedness. Because of the exhibition’s relevance and popularity, it has now been moved to the new Penfield Pavilion at Fairfield’s Penfield Beach where it will remain on display and can be viewed by the public.

This year, AASLH confers 48 national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, and publications. The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history. Presentation of the awards will be made at a special banquet during the 2017 AASLH Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, on Friday, Sept. 8. The banquet is supported by a contribution from the History Channel.

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. For more information about the Leadership in History Awards, contact AASLH at 615-320-3203, or go to aaslh.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. AASLH publishes books, technical publications, a quarterly magazine, a monthly newsletter, and maintains numerous affinity groups and committees serving a broad range of constituents across the historical community. The association also sponsors regional and national training workshops and an annual meeting.

The Fairfield Museum is located at 370 Beach Road in Fairfield and is open daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Current exhibitions include Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years Of Our Past and Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: Fairfield in the 1960s and 1970s. A new exhibition, Declaring Independence, will run from July 1-16. For more information, to become a member, or to register for camps or programs visit Fairfieldhistory.org or call 203-259-1598.

Exhibition of Rising Tides tells the history, past and future, of Fairfield’s use of the shoreline.

Exhibition of Rising Tides tells the history, past and future, of Fairfield’s use of the shoreline.

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