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October 8, 2004

Book receives top national honor

‘Asylum’ wins Historical Society of Michigan’s top publishing award

Nashville, Tenn. -- A book by Bruce J. Annett, Jr., executive director of marketing and public affairs at Lawrence Technological University, has received the American Association for State and Local History’s (AASLH) 2004 Certificate of Commendation, AASLH’s highest honor recognizing achievement in preserving and interpreting local history.

Annett’s book, Asylum: Pontiac’s Grand Monument from the Gilded Age, was recognized September 30 during the AASLH’s 2004 annual meeting in St. Louis, Mo. The History Channel helped to underwrite the awards program.

The AASLH awards were initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage nationwide standards of excellence in collecting, preserving, and interpreting state and local history. They not only honor significant achievement in the field of local history, but also bring recognition of opportunities for small and large organizations, institutions, and programs to make contributions to this arena.

Annett’s book earlier received the Historical Society of Michigan’s 2003 Award of Merit for excellence in publishing. The book chronicles the creation, advances, and economic effect of the huge state hospital that opened in 1878, highlighting its nearly 130-year history within the community. The book is available from the publisher, the Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society, or from the distributor,


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