Noted author and local historian Carol Kammen spoke at the 2015 Leadership in History Awards banquet. Since 1995, Carol’s column, “On Doing Local History,” has appeared regularly in our magazine, History News. Her books include On Doing Local History, The Pursuit of Local History: Readings on Theory and Practice, the Encyclopedia of Local History, and Zen and the Art of Local History.  In 2007, she received AASLH’s highest honor, the Award of Distinction.

Carol also presented the inaugural Michael Kammen Award, named in honor of her late husband, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Cornell University’s Newton C. Farr Professor of American History and Culture Emeritus. It is presented to a history institution with an annual budget under $250,000 that has shown outstanding effort. The 2015 winner is the Lombard Historical Society of Lombard, Illinois.