The Richard Nelson Current Award of Achievement

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 (October 5, 1912-October 26, 2012). The award is a statuette titled “Freedom River” created by acclaimed sculpture John McClarey of Decatur, Illinois. The award has been given to the individuals listed below, acknowledging their contributions to the spirit of Lincoln in both word and deed.

Freedom River, The John McClarey Sculpture awarded to winners of the annual Richard Nelson Current Award of Achievement

Richard Nelson Current

Michael Beschloss, Harold Holzer, Jonathan White

Michael Beschloss, Harold Holzer, Jonathan White

David Blight, Harold Holzer, Frank Williams

David Blight, Harold Holzer, Frank Williams

Frank Williams, Ron Chernow & Harold Holzer

Frank Williams, Ron Chernow & Harold Holzer

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2016 Current Award to Dr. James Robertson Jr.

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2016 Current Award to Dr. James Robertson Jr.

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2015 Current Award to William Davis

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2015 Current Award to William Davis

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2015 Current Award to Ed Steers

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2015 Current Award to Ed Steers

Frank J. Williams presents the 2015 Current Award to Harold Holzer

Frank J. Williams presents the 2015 Current Award to Harold Holzer

Harold Holzer presents the 2005 award to Frank J Williams and John McClarey

Harold Holzer presents the 2005 award to Frank J Williams and John McClarey

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2014 award to James Getty

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2014 award to James Getty

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2013 award to Tony Kushner

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2013 award to Tony Kushner

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2012 award to Eric Foner

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2012 award to Eric Foner

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2003 award to Sam Waterson

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2003 award to Sam Waterson

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2004 award to John Y Simon

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2004 award to John Y Simon

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2006 award to Doris Kearns Goodwin

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2006 award to Doris Kearns Goodwin

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2008 award to Ken Burns

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2008 award to Ken Burns

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2007 award to Jeff Shaara

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2007 award to Jeff Shaara

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2010 award to Mark E Neely

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2010 award to Mark E Neely

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2011 award to Ed Bearss

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2011 award to Ed Bearss

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2002 award to Mr. James M McPherson

Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer present the 2002 award to Mr. James M McPherson

Henry Ballone - Photographer

  • 2019 Michael Beschloss

  • 2018 David W. Blight

  • 2017 Ron Chernow

  • 2016 Dr. James I. (Bud) Robertson, Jr.,

  • 2015 William C. (Jack) Davis, Edward Steers Jr., and Harold Holzer

  • 2014 James Getty

  • 2013 Tony Kushner

  • 2012 Eric Foner

  • 2011 Ed Bearss

  • 2010 Mark E. Neely Jr.

  • 2009 Sandra Day O’Connor

  • 2008 Ken Burns

  • 2007 Jeff Shaara

  • 2006 Doris Kearns Goodwin and Charles DeForest Platt

  • 2005 John McClarey and Frank J. Williams

  • 2004 John Y. Simon

  • 2003 Sam Waterston

  • 2002 James M. McPherson

  • 2001 Garry Wills

  • 2000 David Herbert Donald and Richard Nelson Current

  • 1999 Former U.S. Senator Paul Simon of Illinois

  • 1998 John Hope Franklin

  • 1997 Brian Lamb

  • 1996 Gabor S. Boritt

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