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 online (PDF file) or by calling the Alexandria Archaeology Museum at 703.746.4399. The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 13.
Previous winners of the Brenman Award include: The Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden; professional archaeologists, Boyd Sipe, Martha Williams, and Michael Johnson; Alexandria residents, Ellen Pickering (posthumously), E. Sanders Partee, Joe Reeder, and Elizabeth Henry Douglas; Geneaologist, Char Bah; developer, Eakin/Youngentob Associates; cultural resource management firms, John Milner Associates and Louis Berger; grassroots organizations, The Fort Ward History Group and Friends of Freedmen’s Cemetery; former Alexandria Archaeological Commission members, Vivienne Mitchell and Chan Mohney; historians, Laura Treishmann, T. Michael Miller, Wesley Pippenger, and William F. Smith; educator, Judy McConville; youth activist, Sarah Borgatti; generous donator, Champlain Stone; urban design group, LandDesign; and preservation advocacy group, Historic Alexandria Foundation.
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.