For Immediate Release: 03/01/10

Media Advisory: CWPT Presents Preservation Advocates with ‘Chairman's Awards for Achievement’

(Washington, D.C.) – Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) Chairman John L. Nau, III, will announce the presentation of Chairman’s Awards for Achievement in Historic Preservation at the organization’s board of trustees meeting next week in Washington, D.C.  These awards are presented in recognition of individuals or organizations that have had a tremendous impact on historic preservation in their communities and regions. 

Three awards will be presented at the opening of the Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, March 4, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel.  The group Friends of Wilderness Battlefield, of Orange County, Va., will be recognized for its advocacy on behalf of that site’s protection, its numerous interpretive initiatives and its efforts to restore the battlefield’s historic Ellwood Manor.  Educator Robert Rinehart of Southampton Middle School in Bel Air, Md., will be recognized for his work using historic preservation as an innovative tool for teaching civic activism.  Mark and Karen Perreault of Norfolk, Va., will be recognized for their long-term commitment to battlefield protection and other historic preservation causes.

The awards will be presented by Chairman Nau, a Texas businessman who also chairs the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and is the immediate past chair of the Texas Historical Commission. The media is welcome to attend the presentation ceremony, which will occur at the opening of the board of trustees meeting.

WHAT: Presentation of Chairman’s Awards to outstanding advocates for historic preservation

WHO: CWPT Chairman John L. Nau, III, Friends of Wilderness Battlefield, educator Robert Rinehart of Bel Air, Md., and philanthropists Mark and Karen Perreault of Norfolk, VA.

WHEN: Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Grand Ballroom, J.W. Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

With 55,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  Its mission is to preserve our nation’s remaining Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism.  Since 1987, the organization has helped save more than 29,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.  The CWPT website is located at



  • Jim Campi, CWPT, 202-367-1861 ext. 7205
  • Mary Koik, CWPT, 202-367-1861 ext. 7231


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