For Immediate Release: 05/09/01
Civil War Preservation Trust Announces Winners of 2001 Preservation Awards
(Washington, D.C.) - At its annual conference earlier this month, the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) announced the winners of its 2001 Preservation Awards. The awards were created to honor individuals and organizations for their exemplary dedication to the cause of Civil War preservation.
"We are engaged in a relentless struggle to save America's Civil War legacy," remarked CWPT President James Lighthizer. "Without the kind of commitment displayed by this year's recipients, many Civil War-related sites will be little more than a memory within a few years."
The eleven Preservation Awards were presented at a banquet aboard the elegant Spirit of Washington. During the ceremony, Lighthizer stressed the need for cooperation among preservationists, and stated that he was proud to recognize a few of CWPT's many partners with these awards.
The awards presented by Lighthizer at the conference were:
* The first-ever Edwin C. Bearss Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to its namesake, Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service Edwin C. Bearss. Mr. Bearss was present to accept his award and, following the ceremony, gave an impassioned presentation about Civil War Washington.
* The Battlefield Preservationist of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Daniel Beattie of Charlottesville, Va., for his work at Brandy Station battlefield. Dr. Beattie was present to accept his award.
* The National Leadership Award was presented to The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit conservation group, for its efforts to promote and preserve Civil War battlefields. The award was accepted by Frances Kennedy of The Conservation Fund.
* The State Leadership Award was presented to four state legislators: Virginia State Sen. John Chichester, Virginia State Del. Vincent Callahan, and Mississippi State Reps. Charlie Capps and William J. McCoy. Del. Callahan was present to accept his award.
* The Preservation Organization of the Year Award was presented to the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust (CVBT) for saving more than 100 acres in central Virginia. CVBT received their award at an earlier event during the four-day conference.
* The National Park Service Preservationist of the Year Award was presented to Sandy Rives, Superintendent of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Mr. Rives received his award at an earlier event during the four-day conference.
* The Preservation Legacy Award was presented to two outstanding organizations, the Friends of the Hunley and the Hunley Commission, for their efforts to preserve the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley. Warren Lasch accepted the award on behalf of Friends of the Hunley.
* In addition, a Citizen's Certificate of Merit was presented to the Sudley Mountain and Stony Ridge Civic Association for its efforts to preserve a significant part of Second Manassas battlefield.
In praising the recipients, Lighthizer remarked, "These award winners are among the true guardians of our nation's Civil War heritage. Their efforts are helping to preserve the last tangible reminders of sacrifices made by those who donned the Blue and Gray."
With 35,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism.