On April 11, 2019, the Museum presented Ken Burns with the Lenfest Spirit of the American Revolution Award. Known as ‘America’s Storyteller,’ Ken Burns’ lifetime of work has inspired millions, from all ages and all walks of life, to learn more about our nation’s complex and dramatic history, emotionally connecting us to our nation through the artistry of his informative storytelling.
Burns was presented with the medal and a $25,000 prize at a private event and dinner at the Museum during the evening of April 11, 2019. The inaugural Lenfest Award was presented to Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough in September 2016.
“Perseverance and Spirit have done Wonders in all ages.”General George Washington, 1775
Save the Date to join us for this year’s Lenfest Spirit of the American Revolution Award Gala
Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 6 p.m.
The Museum of the American Revolution is pleased to announce that the Lenfest Spirit of the American Revolution Award will be presented to two revolutionary women on May 21, 2020 – Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Anchor of CNN and Host of Amanpour & Co. on PBS, and Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of New-York Historical Society. Both honorees will be presented with an award medal and a $25,000 prize at a private event and dinner at the Museum during the evening of Thursday, May 21, 2020. The inaugural Lenfest Award was presented to Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough in 2016 and a second award was presented to America’s storyteller Ken Burns in 2019.
2019 Recipient – KEN BURNS
Ken Burns has been making documentary films for over forty years and has directed and produced some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, including major multi-part series on the Civil War, the Second World War, and the Vietnam War. Future projects include films on the American Revolution, the Civil Rights era, and the history of Reconstruction, among numerous others.
Burns’ films have been honored with dozens of major awards, including fifteen Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, and two Oscar nominations. In September of 2008, Ken was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Proceeds benefit the Museum’s important educational mission.
About the Award
The Museum’s Chairman Emeritus H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest, who passed away in August 2018, created the award to recognize distinguished and significant achievement in advancing public awareness and understanding of history and of its relevance in the ongoing American experiment. The Lenfest Award is presented on a semi-regular basis and may be given to an individual or to an organization active in a broad range of fields such as history, education, film-making, writing, media, and philanthropy.