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The Barondess/Lincoln Award

The Benjamin Barondess Award was established at a meeting held December 13, 1960, through a suggestion by Dr. John McGowan. Dr. Barondess was a distinguished charter member and former vice president of the Civil War Round Table of New York, and this award was to be presented in his memory. The award, in the form of a copy of a bust of Lincoln, is presented annually at the February meeting of the Round Table "to any person or institution and for any contribution to the greater appreciation of the life and works of Abraham Lincoln as decided upon by the award committee."

Previous distinguished winners of this award have included Harold Holzer, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Craig Symonds, Stephen Oates, Gabor Boritt, William Gienapp, William C. Davis, Gary Wills, William Safire, Gore Vidal, Eric Foner and Sam Waterston, just to name a few.

For more information on the Civil War Round Table of New York and a schedule of upcoming meetings and special events, explore our website, or please contact The Civil War Round Table of New York at our mailing address: 139-33 250th Street, Rosedale, New York 11422. Or, if you prefer, call 718-341-9811 or email us at

Past Winners

2023 - Jon Meacham for And There Was Light

2022 - Ronald White for Lincoln in Private

2021 - Ted Widmer for Lincoln on the Verge

2020 - Joseph A. Fry for Lincoln, Seward and U.S. Foreign Relations in the Civil War Era

2019 - Dan Abrams & David Fisher Lincoln's Last Trial

2018 - Elizabeth Brown Pryor Six Encounters With Lincoln: A President Confronts Democracy and its Demons

2017 - Stephen D. Engle Gathering To Save A Nation: Lincoln & the Union's War Governors 

2016 - Jonathan D. Sarna  & Benjamin Shapell Lincoln and the Jews

2015 - Harold Holzer Lincoln and the Power of the Press Lincoln and the Power of the Press

2014 - James Oakes Freedom National:  The Destruction of Slavery In the United States

2013 - Tony Kushner Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter for Steven Spielberg's Movie Lincoln

2012 - Eric Foner The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

2011 - Sam Waterston Mr. Waterston has portrayed Lincoln onstage in Abe Lincoln in Illinois in 1993 and onscreen in Gore Vidal’s Lincoln

2010 - Louise Mirrer, Harold Holzer and Richard Rabinowitz Lincoln and New York exhibit at the New-York Historical Society

2009 - Craig Symonds Lincoln and his Admirals

2008 - Brian Dirck Lincoln the Lawyer

2007 - Gabor Boritt The Gettysburg Gospel

2006 - Doris Kearns Goodwin Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

2005 - Harold Holzer Lincoln at Cooper Union

2004 - Stewart Winger Lincoln, Religion and Romantic Cultural Politics

2003 - William Lee Miller Lincoln's Virtues

2002 - George Craig Contributions to Lincoln

2001 - Barry Schwartz Abraham Lincoln and the Forge of National Memory

2000 - William C. (Jack) Davis Lincoln's Men

1999 - Douglas L. Wilson Honor's Voice

1998 - Lincoln National Historic Site Contributions to Lincolniana

1997 - Don E. and Virginia Fehrenbacher Recollected Words of Abraham Lincoln

1996 - David Herbert Donald Lincoln

1995 - Philip S. Paludan The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln

1994 - Harold Holzer The Lincoln Douglas Debates

1993 - Garry Wills Lincoln at Gettysburg

1992 - Mark E. Neely, Jr The Fate of Liberty

1991 - Mario Cuomo/Harold Holzer Lincoln on Democracy Project

1990 - Don Fehrenbacher Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings, 1832 - 1865

1989 - Gabor Boritt The Historian's Lincoln: Pseudohistory, Psychohistory, and History

1988 - William Safire Freedom

1987 - Ralph G. Newman Contributions to Lincolniana

1986 - Lincoln Memorial Shrine Contributions to Lincolniana

1985 - Gore Vidal Lincoln

1984 - Philip B. Kunhardt, Jr. The Abraham Lincoln Encyclopedia

1983 - Mark E. Neely, Jr. The Abraham Lincoln Encyclopedia

1982 - LaWanda Cox Lincoln and Black Freedom: A Study in Presidential Leadership

1981 - Herbert Mitgang Various Lincoln writings

1980 - Harold HolzerPortraits, prints and sculptures of Lincoln

1979 - Louis A. Warren, Curator Lincoln Library and Museum Library

1978 - Stephen B. Oates With Malice Toward None - The Life of Abraham Lincoln

1977 - Stefan Lorant and Mable Kunkel Abraham Lincoln - Unforgettable American

1976 - Floyd E. Risvold A True History of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and of the Conspiracy of 1865

1975 - Lincoln Memorial University Publication: The Lincoln Herald

1974 - Arnold Gates Lincoln: Author, Lecturer

1973 - Frankie Hewitt Founder: Ford's Theater Society

1972 - Michael Davis The Image of Lincoln in the South

1971 - David Plowden and Bryan Holme Lincoln and his America

1970 - Victor Searcher Lincoln Today

1969 - Paul M. Angle Portrait of Abraham Lincoln

1968 - Richard Allen Heckman Lincoln vs. Douglas

1967 - Kenneth A. Bernard Lincoln and the Music of the Civil War

1966 - Della Crowder Miller Abraham Lincoln - the Boy - the Man - the President

1965 - Louis A. Warren Lincoln's Gettysburg Declaration

1964 - Lloyd Ostendorf and Charles Hamilton Lincoln in Photographs

1963 - Adele Gutman Nathan Lincoln's America

1962 - Neil Harris Philosophy of Abraham Lincoln

Special Barondess Awards


2009 - Harold Holzer Lincoln President-Elect

2008 - William E. Gienapp Lifetime Contributions to Lincolniana

1978 - National Park Service Carl Sandburg Home National Historic SiteLifetime Contributions to Lincolniana

1977 - Cyrus Gordon Past Chairman. Barondess Award Committee

1976 - Hal Holbrook Actor - Sandburg/Lincoln TV Series

1973 - Julie Harris Actress -- The Last of Mrs. Lincoln

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