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Annually, The Lincoln Group of New York is pleased to recognize, in our judgment, the best each year in the area of literary or artistic achievement devoted to the life and times of our 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, with the presentation of the prestigious and nationally recognized

LINCOLN GROUP OF NEW YORK
AWARD OF ACHIEVEMENT


Traditionally, announcement of the winner of this Award is made at our Fall/Winter dinner meeting held in November.  The presentation of the Award to the winner is made at our February dinner meeting.

Check the COMING EVENTS section frequently for updates on the coming Announcement Event in November as well as Award Presentation in February.  Plan on attending as a member or as a guest.  Information on how to become an active member is contained in the JOIN US section.

2013 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

RISE TO GREATNESS
Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year
Triumph of the Natioin
David Von Drehle, author
In this engrossing story of 1862, David Von Drehle lays out the complexity and challenge for Lincoln as he works tirelessly to keep the nation on a steady course during its most sever crisis in its history.  The author's well-organized and superbly written text brings into play the wide-ranging host of issues that confronted the president at that time.

2013 Award of Achievement
Pictured left to right: John Bodnar, Paul Ellis-Graham, David Von Drehle, Henry F. Ballone, Steve Koppelman

PAST WINNERS

2012   2011   2010   2009   2008   2007   2006   2005   2004   2003   2002   2001   2000
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2012 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

STEVEN SPIELBERG'S LINCOLN
Spielberg's Lincoln
Presented to Tony Kushner, screenwriter
This epic film, which has received outstanding reviews across the nation and twelve Academy Award nominations, was cited by the award committee as a new landmark for a commercially produced film capturing Lincoln’s strength as a president and as an individual.

2012 Award of Achievement

Pictured left to right: Award Committee Chair Stuart Schneider, Screenwriter Tony Kushner, Award Committee Member Joseph Garrera,
Award Committee Member Paul Ellis-Graham, President Henry Ballone, Vice-President Steve Koppelman


2011 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

LINCOLN AND THE TRIUMPH OF THE NATION
Constitutional Conflict in the American Civil War
Triumph of the Natioin
Dr. Mark E. Neely, Jr., author
     Dr. Neely's book Lincoln and the Triumph of the Nation: Constitutional Conflict in the American Civil War was the greatest Lincoln book published for the year.  It did more than any other accomplishment to advance our understanding and appreciation for the Lincoln presidency produced last year.  The conclusions and vote of our award committee were unanimous.  Members of the committee included former Lincoln Group  President and museum director Joseph Garrera, Civil War Roundtable President Joseph Truglio, and author Stuart Schneider.

2011 Award of Achievement
Mark E. Neely, Jr., Joseph Garrera, Stuart Schneider


2010 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

THE FIERY TRIAL
Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery
The Fiery Trial
Eric Foner, author
W. W. Norton & Company, publisher c.2010

The award was conferred at a special ceremony and lecture in Manhattan at the 3 West Club on February 15, 2011.   
In recognizing the significance of this work, Steven R. Koppelman, Chairman of the Award Committee stated, 
The Fiery Trial by Eric Foner is indispensable—it is the final word on Lincoln and the issue of slavery and emancipation.”

 Award Presentation
Joe Truglio, Steve Koppelman, Eric Foner, Paul Ellis-Graham, Joe Garrera

The Lincoln Group of New York’s jury for this award was comprised of Steven R. Koppelman, Joseph E. Garrera, and Joseph A. Truglio.



2009 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

A. LINCOLN
A Biography
A. Lincoln
Ronald C. White, Jr., author
Random House, publisher c.2009

Award Presentation
Steve Koppelman, Ron White, Joe Truglio, Michael Gray


2008 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

LINCOLN PRESIDENT-ELECT
Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861
Lincoln President-Elect
Harold Holzer, author
Simon & Schuster, publisher c.2008

Award Presentation
Harold Holzer, Steve Koppelman


2007 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

THE GETTYSBURG GOSPEL
The Lincoln Speech That Nobody Knows
Gettysburg Gospel
Gabor Boritt, author
Simon & Schuster, publisher c.2006

Award Presentation
Michael Gray, Gabor Boritt, Paul Ellis-Graham


2006 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

TEAM OF RIVALS
The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Teams of Rivals
Doris Kearns Goodwin, author
Simon & Schuster, publisher c.2005

“Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin is the winner of the Lincoln Group of New York’s 2006 Award of Achievement for the best Lincoln work of the year.

In making the announcement, Award Committee Chair, Richard Sloan stated that he had never read a book that showed Lincoln’s brilliance in the way Ms. Goodwin’s book did.  The selection was a unanimous one by the Award Committee, which in addition to Mr. Sloan, is comprised of Professor Heidi Weber and Educator Paul Ellis-Graham.

Award Presentation
Henry F. Ballone, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Steve Koppelman


2005 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM

Richard Sloan, chair of the Award Committee announced on November 10, 2005 that the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Illinois was the unanimous winner of the Lincoln Group of New York’s 2005 Award of Achievement.  In announcing the committee’s decision, Sloan explained the difficult task the committee had as there were many worthy and quality entrants.  Mr. Sloan explained that the award is given to the individual or organization that has done the most to encourage the study and appreciation of Abraham Lincoln, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum has done “exactly that.”  In addition to Mr. Sloan, the Award Committee is comprised of Professor Heidi Weber and Educator Paul Ellis-Graham.

            The Award was personally presented by the Joseph Garrera, President of the Lincoln Group of New York, at the museum in Springfield, Illinois during the museum’s one-year anniversary celebration.  
In presenting the award, Mr. Garrera compared the opening of the museum to the 1922 dedication
of the Lincoln memorial in Washington, DC in terms of its significance. 
   


2004 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

LINCOLN AT COOPER UNION
The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President
Cooper Union
Harold Holzer, author
Simon & Schuster, publisher c.2004

Award Presentation
Joseph Garrera, Harold Holzer, Paul Ellis-Graham


2003 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

WE ARE LINCOLN MEN
Abraham Lincoln and His Friends
Lincoln Men
David Herbert Donald, author
Simon & Schuster, publisher c.2004


2002 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

LINCOLN'S VIRTUES
An Ethical Biography
Lincoln's Virtues
William Lee Miller, author
Vintage, publisher c.2003


2001 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

BLOOD ON THE MOON
The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Blood on the moon
Dr. Edward Steers, author
The University Press of Kentucky, publisher c.2001

The Lincoln Group of New York, an organization dedicated to studying the life and times of Abraham Lincoln, has conferred its 2001 Award of Achievement upon author Dr. Edward Steers for his book Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, published by The University Press of Kentucky 2001.

The award is presented annually to the individual or organization in America that has done the most to encourage the study and appreciation of Abraham Lincoln and the times in which he lived.  By winning the award, an oval plaster bas-relief Lincoln portrait surrounded by a cluster of oak leaves and inscribed with words from the Gettysburg Address, Dr. Steers joins a distinguished group of past recipients including Pulitzer Prize winners David Herbert Donald, Gary Wills, and Harold Holzer.

In making this award, The Lincoln Group of New York recognizes that Blood on the Moon is a monumental achievement, one that qualifies as the most significant addition to the literature on Lincoln’s assassination ever written, thereby making it the standard by which all other works of its kind will be judged. Based on numerous primary sources of evidence, Steers provides compelling evidence to overturn the widely held assumption that Dr. Samuel Mudd was simply the victim of a vengeful government out to convict him for providing medical treatment to Booth after the assassination.  Steers also documents why the military trial of the conspirators, considered by many illegal and lacking jurisdiction, was accurately and legally conducted.


2000 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

ABRAHAM LINCOLN
and the Forge of National Memory

Recollected Words
Barry Schwartz, author
University of Chicago Press, publisher c.2003


1999 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

1863: THE REBIRTH OF A NATION
The Rebirth of a Nation
Joseph E. Stevens, author
Bantam Books, A Division of Random House, publisher c.1999


The Lincoln Group of New York, an organization dedicated to studying the life and times of Abraham Lincoln, has conferred its 1999 Award of Achievement upon Joseph E. Stevens for his book, 1863: The Rebirth of a Nation, published by Bantam Books, a division of Random House. The award is presented annually to the individual or organization that has done the most to encourage the study and appreciation of Abraham Lincoln, and the times in which he lived. By winning the award, an oval plaster bas-relief Lincoln portrait surrounded by a cluster of oak leaves and inscribed with words from the "Gettysburg Address," Mr. Stevens joins a distinguished group of past recipients including David Herbert Donald, Douglas Wilson, and Harold Holzer. In making this award, the Lincoln Group of New York recognized Stevens' work as the first narrative nonfiction study concentrating solely on the pivotal year of the Civil War, and perhaps in our nation's history. From Lincoln's signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on the first day of the year, to the epic Battle of Gettysburg and Siege of Vicksburg, to the completion of the Capital Building's dome in December, Stevens makes the reader feel like a participant in the events of 1863. Politics, the war, and Lincoln are all covered in Stevens' skillfully written study.


1998 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

HONOR'S VOICE
The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln
Honor's Voice
Douglas L. Wilson, author
Knopf, publisher c.1998
Doug Wilson

Professor Wilson is shown here receiving the 1998 Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement from LGNY President Joseph E. Garrera.


1997 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

THE LINCOLN FORUM
 
Frank J. Williams, Chair


1996 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

LINCOLN AT GETTYSBURG
The Words That Remade America
Recollected Words
Don E. and Virginia Fehrenbacher, editors
Stanford University Press, publisher c.1996


1995 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

LINCOLN

Lincoln
David Herbert Donald, author
Simon & Schuster, publisher c.1996


1994 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY LINCOLN EXHIBIT
The Last Best Hope On Earth:
Abraham Lincoln and the Promise of America

 
Messrs. Rhodehamel & Schwartz & Mrs. Taper


1993 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

HAROLD HOLZER
For his multiple writings on Abraham Lincoln
 
Lincoln Douglas Debates  Dear Mr. Lincoln
  The Lincoln Douglas Debates
The First Complete, Unexpurgated Text
 

Fordham University Press, Publisher c.2004


Washington & Lincoln Portrayed
National Icons in Popular Print
 
Mcfarland & Co. Inc., Publisher c.1993

Dear Mr. Lincoln
Letters to the President


Southern Illinois University Press, Publisher c.2006


1992 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

LINCOLN AT GETTYSBURG
The Words That Remade America
Lincoln at Gettysburg
Garry Wills, author
Simon & Schuster, publisher c.1993


1991 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

FATE OF LIBERY
Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties
Fate of Liberty
Mark E. Neely, Jr., author
Oxford University Press, publisher c.1992


1990 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

GOVERNOR MARIO CUOMO
"Lincoln on Democracy" Project


1989 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

LINCOLN'S SPEECHES AND WRITINGS
Vol. 1: 1832 - 1858, Vol. 2: 1859 - 1865
Lincoln
Don E. Fehrenbacher, author
The Library of America, publisher c.1989


1988 Winner
Lincoln Group of New York Award of Achievement

HAROLD HOLZER
For his numerous writings on Abraham Lincoln

"The Gettysburg Address" in American History Illustrated
"A Few Appropriate Remarks" in Cobblestone
"The Lincoln Image" in The Historian's Lincoln