News Release, Historic St. Mary’s City

NASHVILLE, TN—May 2020—The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that Historic St. Mary’s City  (HSMC) is the recipient of an Award of Excellence for Sin and Scandal at St. Mary’s:  An Adults-Only Tour. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 75th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

Sin and Scandal at St. Mary’s:  An Adults Only Tour, is an after-hours tour that tackles perspectives normally not addressed in a family-friendly environment.  It delves into and presents controversial perspectives and subjects that are traditionally avoided, such as: foul language, body functions, drug use, and most importantly slavery and racism. By interpreting, and not apologizing for, the stories that lay bare the faults and strengths of ancestors, a more complete picture of the past is presented.  Illustrating these stories, the bad as well as the good, of the people that lived here centuries ago, creates many more opportunities for the museum audience to connect and empathize with these past people and their challenges.

This year, AASLH is proud to confer fifty-seven 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.

Image courtesy of HIstoric St. Mary’s City

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

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 to all people. AASLH publishes books, technical publications, a quarterly magazine, and maintains numerous affinity communities and committees serving a broad range of constituents across the historical community. The association also sponsors an annual meeting, regional, and national training in-person workshops, and online training.