CHICAGO, Illinois – On October 9, 2015, The Civil War Round Table of Chicago presented its distinguished Nevins-Freeman Award to Dennis Frye for his numerous contributions to the understanding and appreciation of American Civil War history. Frye is chief historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the author of nine books and scores of articles on Civil War history. He is co-founder and first president of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation, as well as co-founder and former president of today’s Civil War Trust, from whom he received the Trust’s highest honor: the Shelby Foote Award. Frye is also one of the nation’s most sought-after battlefield tour guides and appears frequently as a guest historian on PBS, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, and A&E. His book Harpers Ferry Under Fire received the national book of the year award from the Association of Partners for Public Lands; and September Suspense: Lincoln’s Union in Peril, was awarded the 2012 Laney Book Prize for distinguished scholarship and writing on the military and political history of the war.
“Due to Dennis’s many accomplishments as a writer, lecturer, guide and preservationist, it was my pleasure to present him with this year’s Nevins-Freeman Award on behalf of the Civil War Round Table of Chicago,” said Cindy Heckler, 2015-16 president of The Civil War Round Table of Chicago, who presented the award.
The Nevins-Freeman Award, established in 1974, is among the nation’s most prestigious Civil War history awards. It is given annually to an individual whose advancement of American Civil War scholarship and support for the Round Table movement warrant special recognition. The award includes a financial donation to a historical preservation project and specially bound and inscribed copies of works by distinguished authors Allan Nevins and Douglas Southall Freeman, for whom the award is named.
The very first Nevins-Freeman recipient was famed author Bruce Catton, a Civil War Round Table of Chicago charter member. Previous distinguished winners include James I. (Bud) Robertson, Jr. (1981), John Y. Simon (1985), Gary Gallagher (1991), Shelby Foote (1992), Stephen B. Oates (1993), James M. McPherson (1996), and Harold Holzer (2002).
Founded in 1940, the Civil War Round Table of Chicago is the oldest such group in the United States and supports the study, preservation, and ongoing research on the American Civil War History. The group presents noted Civil War era historians and authors at monthly meetings from September through June, raises funds to support battlefield preservation, and hosts an annual tour to notable Civil War sites.
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