Dayton International Peace Museum Wins 2021 AASLH Award of Excellence

NASHVILLE, TN—June 2021—The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that the Dayton International Peace Museum is the recipient of an Award of Excellence for its exhibit “The Dayton Peace Accords.” The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 76th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. 

Dr. Mary Ramey, former board chairperson and a major contributor to the massive update and digital transformation of the Dayton Peace Accords exhibit, shows visitors the first of four kiosks that begin the exhibit.

Until now, there has been no permanent exhibit in the United States to educate the public on the Dayton Peace Accords, the landmark treaty that ended the atrocities of the 1992-95 war in Bosnia-Hercegovina. In its exhibit, Dayton International Peace Museum records the details of this remarkable narrative: 

1) the historical context of the war; 2) the issues that made its violence so horrific; 3) the heroic efforts of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base personnel and of members of the US State Department to broker peace; 4) the civilian aftermath of the war which has made true and lasting peace there a still-elusive goal. 

The exhibit is designed to be suitable for students as young as middle school yet have enough depth to satisfy adults and scholars. The exhibit provides layers of engagement through wall panels, artifacts, and touchscreens.

The Museum was the 2021 recipient of the Leadership in History Award presented by the American Association of State & Local History

The mission of the Dayton International Peace Museum is to inspire a culture of peace locally, nationally and internationally by providing inspiration and opportunity to learn alternatives to war, violence and injustice.

The Dayton Peace Accords exhibit allows visitors to deepen their understanding of diplomacy as an alternative to war, and to examine their own roles as peacemakers in the face of rising nationalism.