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History Group Honors Brick Store Museum for Online Exhibitions

Thursday, June 24, 2021
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The Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk, Maine is known to steampunk fans as host of the annual Southern Maine Steampunk Fair. But now the museum has another distinction as it received a Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). It’s one of 39 recipients for this year’s awards, which recognize “achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.”

The museum was honored for Century Saturdays, a series of virtual exhibitions that explored Maine’s history in the 16th through 20th centuries. The 19th century portal includes last year’s digital version of the steampunk fair. This year’s in-person fair is scheduled for Aug. 14.

Other AASLH award-winners include the Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center in Ridgefield, Connecticut; The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures in Kansas City; the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh; the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science in Wilmington, North Carolina; and the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio.

The awards will be presented Sept. 24 at the association’s annual meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas. See the complete list of winners on the AASLH website.

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