WNET’s Former VP of Communications to Receive Prestigious Award

Christina Knight | September 1, 2017

Harold Holzer

On the 206th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Harold Holzer was awarded the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize.

Harold Holzer, WNET’s former VP of Communications, will receive the Empire State History & Archives Award on September 6, at 7pm, at an event at the Cooper Union in New York City. The award is given by the New York State Archives Partnership Trust, which preserves and makes accessible the archives from 350 years of New York’s colonial and state governments. The event is hosted by Broadway and film actor Stephen Lang (Avatar).

About the Award and Honoree

The Empire State Archives & History Award is given to a prominent scholar, historian, author or individual who has made a significant contribution to the preservation of historical records or the promotion of history by bringing important historical stories to the general public. Holzer is the author, co-author, or editor of 52 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era.

In 2008, Holzer was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush. His recent book Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion (2014) won the Gilder-Lehrman Lincoln Prize in 2015, The Mark Lynton History Prize from the Columbia University School of Journalism, and the Goldsmith Prize from the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy and Harvard University’s Kennedy School.

About the Event

The Cooper Union is a fitting venue in which to honor a Lincoln expert. Shortly before he became the Republican nominee for the presidency, Abraham Lincoln gave one of his most important speeches there on February 27, 1860 – “the Cooper Institute speech,” outlining is position on slavery and what he believed the Founding Fathers would think about slavery in the western territories.

Rather than a speech on September 6, audiences can enjoy an intimate armchair conversation led by Holzer’s friend, Tony Award nominee actor Stephen Lang. The focus will be Holzer’s decorated career as one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. The Civil War continues to have repercussions today, as seen in the rallies and counter-protests in Charlottesville and the national debate about Confederate monuments.

The Empire State History & Archives Award event is open to the public, with general admission and student tickets. Learn more here.

There will be more opportunities to learn about history and current events from Holzer this fall. The director of The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, Holzer hosts a “Fireside Chats” series at the historic home that was profiled in Treasures of New York: Roosevelt House. Look for upcoming dates at Roosevelt House.