History Awards Program with Guest Speaker Rob Niewig
Join members of the Alexandria Historical Society as we honor three outstanding individuals who have researched, preserved and/or interpreted the city’s rich, complex and diverse history. For more than 35 years, the organization has sought to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the public’s understanding of Alexandria’s past.
We will also celebrate the accomplishments of four exceptional students from the city’s high schools. Teachers from Alexandria High School, Episcopal High School, St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes Upper School, and Bishop Ireton High School have recommended students for the awards based on their academic achievement and scholarship in American history.
Each year, the awards ceremony features a talk by an expert, whose work illustrates his/her/their personal journey to a career in elucidating or preserving the past. Authors, archaeologists, academics, public historians, and museum professionals have all sought to inspire the award recipients and other attendees. This year’s speaker, Rob Niewig, has worked as a preservation advocate since 1989 and currently serves as Vice President for Preservation Services & Outreach at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Now in charge of a team of Field Officers, Rob has helped to save historic places and strengthen the preservation movement both locally and nationally. In our region, his work has included efforts to preserve and interpret such notable and diverse national treasures as Washington Union Station, Fort Monroe, and Shockoe Bottom in Richmond.
Free tickets available at the door. Memberships in the Alexandria Historical Society can also be purchased/renewed at the event. Light refreshments will be served.
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