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 that 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 here or by calling the Alexandria Archaeology Museum at 703.746.4399. The deadline for nominations is Saturday, 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.
Recent recipients of the Brenman Award include volunteer Anna Lynch; preservation advocate Bill Dickinson; archaeologist John Mullen; maritime archaeologist Dr. George Schwarz; and developer Michael Wilson. Other winners include preservation advocates; archaeologists; educators; grassroots organizations; cultural resource management firms; Alexandria residents; former Alexandria Archaeological Commission members; historians; and generous donors. For a complete list of past Award recipients and details, click here.