ALEXANDRIA, VA – 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 United States, 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/
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: the African American Heritage Trail Committee, Eagle Scout Griffin Burchard, the Fort Ward Interpretive Committee, community historian McArthur Myers, retired City Archaeologist Francine Bromberg, preservation advocate Kathleen Pepper, volunteer Anna Lynch, and preservation advocate Bill Dickinson. Past winners include: archaeologists; educators; grassroots organizations; cultural resource management firms; Alexandria residents; former Alexandria Archaeological Commission members; historians; developers; and generous donors. For a complete list of past Award recipients and details, please go to www.alexandriava.gov/
Appointed by City Council, the 15-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.