The Lincoln Forum's The Richard Nelson Current Award of Achievement

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Richard Nelson Current Award

The Lincoln Forum's annual achievement award was established in 1996, and renamed in 1998 for founding advisor Richard Nelson Current, the dean of Lincoln scholars. The award is a statuette titled "Freedom River" created by acclaimed sculpture John McClarey of Decatur, Illinois. The award has been given to the following individuals, acknowledging their contributions to the spirit of Lincoln in both word and deed.

2013 award winner
Tony Kushner receives the 2013 Richard Nelson Current Award from Lincoln Forum Chairman, Frank J. Williams (right) and Vice Chairman, Harold Holzer (left).
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2012 award winner
Eric Foner (center) receives the Richard Nelson Current Award from Lincoln Forum Chairman Frank J. Williams (right) and Vice Chairman Harold Holzer (left).
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2011 award winner
Ed Bearss (center) receives the Richard Nelson Current Award from Lincoln Forum Chairman Frank J. Williams (right) and Vice Chairman Harold Holzer (left).
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2010 award winner
Harold Holzer and Frank J. Williams present the 2010 Richard Nelson Current Award of Achievement to Mark E. Neely.
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2008 award winner
Ken Burns receives the 2008 Richard Nelson Current Award from Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer.
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2007 award winner
The 2007 award winner, the most popular and acclaimed historical novelist of our time, Jeff Shaara receives his award from Forum Chairman, Frank J. Williams and Vice-Chairman, Harold Holzer.
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2006 award winner
The 2006 recipient, Doris Kearns Goodwin accepts her award from Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer
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2005 award winner
Sculpture artist John McClarey and Frank J. Williams were the recipients of the 2005 Lincoln Forum Richard Nelson Current Award of Achievement
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2004 award winner
Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2004 Richard Nelson Current award to John Y. Simon, a respected authority on Ulysses S. Grant, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.
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2003 award winner
Harold Holzer, award winner Sam Waterston & Frank J. Williams at the 2003 award dinner
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2002 award winner
Frank J. Williams, James M. McPherson & Harold Holzer at the 2002 award dinner
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