The Black Heritage Society of Washington State, Inc. was first proposed in 1977 and became incorporated in 1982. Preserving, collecting and sharing the history of African Americans in Washington State are the priorities that shape the BHS mission.
BHS collections are a protected resource and public asset that archives the past and present to inform future generations. The Society recognizes the importance for documenting the culture and heritage of black people statewide, and upholds the notion that Washington State history is an essential link in the broader narrative that defines the story of our nation.
Black History is everyone’s history.
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BHS ANNUAL MEETING
SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019 12PM-2PM
LANGSTON HUGHES PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
BHS Co-Founder, Jacqueline E. A. Lawson Receives 2019 AASLH Award of Excellence
Jacqueline E. A. Lawson, co-founder of the Black Heritage Society of Washington State (BHS), is the recipient of an Award of Excellence from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) for her lifetime achievement and dedication to further the knowledge of African American history. Lawson is also the esteemed co-founder of Seattle’s Black Genealogy Research Group.
AASLH’s Leadership in History Awards, in its 74th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. The award, initiated to establish and encourage standards of excellence throughout the United States, will be made at a special banquet during the 2019 AASLH Annual Meeting in Philiadelphia, PA, Friday, August 30.
“Individuals who most deserve accolades for their dedicated service, tireless commitment and determined efforts will often profess they have done nothing exceptional or out of the ordinary,” said Stephanie Johnson-Toliver, BHS president. “Jacqueline Lawson exemplifies such a person. Her love for family, community, and the history that binds us are what influence and guide her passion for the research, documentation and writing that enriches our understanding of why African American history is everyone’s history.”
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. For more information about the Leadership in History Awards, contact AASLH at 615-320-3203, or go to www.aaslh.org
CONTINUING TO HONOR THE LEGACY OF EDWIN T. PRATT
NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM PRESENTS
PRATT FINE ARTS CENTER – PRATT SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
EDWIN T. PRATT: A Living Legacy
May 9 – August 28, 2019
BHS Pratt Legacy Collection items are on loan for this exhibition.