Call for Nominations for the 2022
Edwin C. Bearss Preservation Award
Edwin C. Bearss Legacy Award
These two awards were created by the Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia (CWRTDC) to honor the life and legacy of one of the nation’s preeminent Civil War historians: the late Edwin C. Bearss. Ed spent more than seven decades crusading for battlefield site preservation, expanding interest and education in the military, political and socio-cultural history of events leading up to the Civil War, the War itself, and its aftermath. He led countless tours of battlefields and other Civil War related sites.
Severely wounded as a Marine in the South Pacific during WW2, Ed understood the chaos and horror of battle and therefore was uniquely able to communicate the battlefield experience to his audience. He authored more than two dozen books on the Civil War, joined the US National Parks Service, and served as its chief historian from 1981-1994 and later as its Historian Emeritus. Ed was an honorary lifetime member of our Round Table and spoke regularly at its meetings and as its guide during many of its battlefield tours.
Seeking to assist Ed in his mission to protect, preserve and interpret Civil War sites around the country, this Round Table for many years made financial gifts for these purposes to an organization Ed selected. With his passing in 2020, the Round Table decided to continue this tradition by creating a new Edwin C. Bearss Awards program. More information about Ed Bearss and the Awards Program is posted below in separate entries on this page or by clicking HERE (https://www.blogger.com/blog/post/preview/4410459365744489207/6639784414899473444)
Monetary gifts to support the program are essential for the continuation of this awards and may be made through the Round Table’s by using the payment module at the end of this post. All donations are maintained separately from the Round Table’s regular accounts and are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
The first recipient (2021) of the new Edwin Bearss Preservation Award was the African American Civil War Memorial Museum of Washington, DC, which recognizes the contributions of the U.S. Colored Troops and the persons of color who served in the US Navy during the Civil War. Dr. Frank Smith, the museum’s Executive Director, plans to use the grant for exhibits and youth educational outreach. The 2021 Bearss Legacy Award, a non-monetary award, was presented to Wendy Swanson, for her outstanding contributions to the preservation of US Civil War sites, landmarks, and education.
More information about the 2021 Awards Program is posted below in separate entries on this page or by clicking HERE (https://cwrtdc-calendar.blogspot.com/2022/06/bearss-awards.html)
A monetary award is presented to a person or entity (a non-profit organization or public agency) to assist in preservation of a Civil War site or history, with “preservation” being used in the broadest sense of the word. This includes but is not limited to, the acquisition of property; the building, repair or restoration of a property; and the promotion, definition or narration of a site through interpretion, information or infrastructure, including research and educational materials or displays.
It is the intent of the CWRTDC Board that the Preservation Award in any given calendar year will be $2,500. The grant amount may, at the discretion of the CWRTDC Board of Directors, be increased or decreased. Use of the Award for financial matching for similar purposes is encouraged.
Purpose of the Edwin C. Bearss Legacy Award
This award, which is non-monetary, is to be given to a person or persons who exemplify and emulate Ed Bearss’s dedication in their personal efforts and commitment to preserve Civil War historic sites, landmarks, and relevant educational activities.
Nominees need not be members of the CWRTDC, but their membership is encouraged. Any person who meets the criteria set forth in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, any non-profit entity, or any public entity or agency is eligible for the Preservation Award. Any person or group of persons is eligible for the Legacy Award.
- Call for nominations will be issued not later than September 15, 2022.
- Sharing information about the Ed Bearss Awards and the nomination process as widely as possible is permitted and encouraged.
- Nominations will be due by close of business November 15, 2022.
- Submissions may be made by completing the form available HERE(https://drive.google.com/file/d/19nPcYBaNRWgGQFMUU0wvS52ey0c8paSH/view) and sending it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to 3601 Pickett Road, #2123, Fairfax, VA 22031 (postmarked no later than November 15, 2022).
- Nominations may be made by either (1) a CWRTDC member, or (2) a non-member, provided the nomination is endorsed by a CWRTDC member. In order to ensure fair and impartial consideration of nominations consistent with conflict of interest requirements, nominations may not be submitted or endorsed by persons on the Board of Directors or on the ad hoc Ed Bearss Awards Selection Committee of the CWRTDC.
- Selections of the 2022 awardees will be recommended by the ad hoc Ed Bearss Award Selections and approved by the CWRTDC Board of Directors.
- Absent unforeseen circumstances, the awards will be presented in person at the joint dinner meeting of the CWRTDC and the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia scheduled to be held at the Officers’ Club at Fort Myer, Virginia, on February 8, 2023.
Follow up by Awardee
The awardee of the Edwin C Bearss Preservation Award should confirm in writing within one calendar year after receipt of the award how the grant was used as described in connection with the nomination process. If the intended use of the grant is not possible, the awardee should advise the CWRTDC of any change to the requested purpose or return the grant to the CWRTDC to allow it to be reallocated for future awards.
It would also be appreciated if the awardee of the Edwin C Bearss Preservation Award publicly acknowledge its receipt of the award from the CWRTDC.
Please contact Bill Dickinson, Chair of the CWRTDC’s Edwin C. Bearss Awards Selections Committee at email@example.com or 703.403.8721.
A copy of this document is available by clicking HERE (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bqpqPz1Nsu6-wRvPEnhvfsFC1z3AQ508/view)
PULLDOWN MENU TO MAKE DONATIONS/GIFTS TO SUPPORT
THE EDWIN C. BEARSS AWARDS PROGRAM