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In 2009 the AASLH Awards Committee received four school textbook nominations from Arizona, Wisconsin, Montana, and North Dakota. The committee concurred that each was deserving of the Leadership in History Award.

Each of the projects varied greatly in scale, approach, budget, timeline for development and audience, and all four provide interesting models for consideration in the field.

This article gives a brief history and description of each book and discusses the success of textbooks created by historical societies in history classrooms.