About the Al Mérito Award

The Arizona Historical Society established the Al Mérito Award in 1973 to recognize individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions and serve as role models for preserving Arizona’s rich history. This honor acknowledges meritorious service for those who preserve and celebrate Arizona history. Following a review of all nominations, the AHS Board of Directors selects deserving individuals and organizations to receive the Al Mérito Award annually.

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2024 Al Mérito Nominations are no longer open.

Congratulations to the 2023 Al Mérito Recipients!

Dr. Michael M. Brescia

Frank Barrios

Arizona Barrio Stories


Navajo County Historical Society













Arizona Historical Society