The American Association for State and Local History, based in Nashville, Tenn., has presented Gary B. Peterson, Bountiful, with its Award of Merit for outstanding service for his documentation, interpretation and preservation of Utah's historic landscapes.

Peterson, a photographer and historical geographer, was nominated for the honor by the Utah State Historical Society, which gave him its Historic Preservation Award in 1982.In 1987, Peterson co-authored with Lowell C. Bennion "Sanpete Scenes: A Guide to Utah's Heart."