SMRC is proud to congratulate Dr Michael Brescia who was recently presented the 2023 Al Mérito Award, given by the Arizona Historical Society (AHS) to those “who have made outstanding contributions and serve as role models for preserving Arizona’s rich history.” Dr. Brescia earned a doctorate in history from the University of Arizona, where he is now Curator of Ethnohistory in the Arizona State Museum and affiliated Professor of History. Dr. Brescia utilizes multiple strategies to integrate and promote the Arizona historical experience in his teaching, research, and public outreach: scholarly publications, museum exhibits, learning expeditions, master classes for adult learners, and his numerous years of service as an SMRC board member. Sherry Rampy, AHS Outreach Committee Chair shared, “When we honor and celebrate the achievements of the Al Merito awardees, we are not only educated about Arizona history, but inspired. We absorb bits of their passion and humanity, and by doing so, we become better people who inevitably pay it forward. Our society truly benefits from the simple act of honoring their amazing service.”  Dr. Brescia is truly deserving of such recognition!