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American Spirit Recognized by APEX for the 11th Consecutive Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. - When the results of the 25th Annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence Competition were announced earlier this month, the National Society learned that for the 11th consecutive year APEX has honored American Spirit, this time with two awards. The November/December 2012 issue, which featured articles about first lady Dolley Payne Madison, San Francisco’s Angel Island Immigration Station, and the fractious relationship between Benjamin Franklin and his son, William, received a Grand Award in the Magazines and Journals category. Courtney Peter’s July/August 2012 story “Let in the Light,” about the history and restoration of the DAR Library Lay Light, received an Award of Excellence for Feature Writing.           

APEX Awards recognize excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence. APEX Grand Awards honor the outstanding works in each main category, while APEX Awards of Excellence recognize exceptional entries in each of the individual categories. Only 100 of the nearly 3,400 entries received Grand Awards in honor of outstanding work.

Speaking about the November/December 2012 issue of American Spirit, one APEX judge said, “Fascinating, thoroughly researched features offer lively, informative reading, framed in beautiful spreads packed with stunning photos and striking illustrations. The editorial focus and overall design combine to create an exceptional magazine, a tour de force.”

The entire magazine team expresses sincere thanks to our readers, whose passion for American history, preservation, genealogy and education guides informs and inspires the magazine’s content, and to APEX, for honoring American Spirit once again.

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The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation's children.  Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership. With more than 175,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. It also publishes the award winning American Spirit magazine. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit


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