John W. Decker

Decker wins 2014 AASLH award of merit

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The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that John W. Decker is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for his years of exceptional service and dedication to the Stearns History Museum. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 69th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.
John Decker has been the lead archivist at the Stearns History Museum for the past 37 years. His contributions to the community and the Museum have been extensive and invaluable. He was instrumental in planning and construction of the current Museum facility. He developed the Stearns History Museum’s archives to create Minnesota’s premier county museum library. His customer service and knowledge of local history is renowned throughout the State. “I’ve met few people more knowledgeable than John and I don’t know anyone in the field more dedicated than he is,” said Stearns History Museum Executive Director Tim Hoheisel. “I truly can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than John.”
This year, AASLH is proud to confer seventy-seven national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, books, and organizations. 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 2014 AASLH Annual Meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Friday, September 19. The banquet is supported by a generous 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 visit


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