Archaeology Award Honors Legacy of Late Alexandria Preservationist
The Alexandria Archaeological Commission (AAC) is now accepting nominations for the Bernard “Ben” Brenman Archaeology in Alexandria Award. The AAC established this award to celebrate the contributions of the late Ben Brenman, who devoted himself to finding, preserving and sharing Alexandria’s rich and diverse heritage. Brenman was a founding member of the AAC, a City of Alexandria commission, which was the first of its kind established in the U.S., and served as its chair for 21 years.
The Brenman Award, established in 2007, is open to businesses, organizations, families, professional preservationists, volunteers, students and other individuals who have demonstrated work or efforts in archaeological investigation, research, site protection, education, public interpretation, open space design, collections, or conservation. Nomination forms are available at www.alexandriava.gov/28180 or by calling the Alexandria Archaeology Museum at 703.746.4399. The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 30.
Ben Brenman Awards are presented during Virginia Archaeology Month in October of the year for which award recipient(s) are selected and are announced by Alexandria City Council proclamation at a City Council meeting.
Previous winners of the Brenman Award include: former City Archaeologist, Pamela Cressey; City Council Member, Del Pepper; preservation advocates, Bud Hart, Ignacio Pessoa, and Engin Artemel; genealogist, Char Bah; archaeologists, John Mullen, Dr. George Schwarz, Boyd Sipe, Martha Williams, Michael Johnson, and Andy Flora; educator, Judy McConville; youth activist, Sarah Borgatti; grassroots organizations, The Fort Ward History Group and Friends of Freedmen’s Cemetery; developer, Eakin/Youngentob Associates; preservation advocacy group, Historic Alexandria Foundation; cultural resource management firms; Alexandria residents; former Alexandria Archaeological Commission members; historians; and generous donators. For a complete list of past Award recipients and details, please go to www.alexandriava.gov/28180
Appointed by City Council, the 14-member AAC develops goals and priorities for Alexandria’s archaeological heritage. The commission works closely with citizens, government agencies, developers and teachers to promote archaeology in the city.
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