Making D.C. History Awards Season Launched

In May James Goode received the Historical Society's Visionary Historian Award, kicking off the 2015 Making D.C. History Awards season.

In May James Goode received the Historical Society’s Visionary Historian Award, kicking off the 2015 Making D.C. History Awards season. Photo by Jeff Malet, Maletphoto.com

It’s late spring, a glorious time to be in Washington. But the season we’re really celebrating kicked off on May 27th, with the presentation of the Visionary Historian award to Dr. James M. Goode!

Presented by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., the award is presented to an individual whose lifetime body of work represents the highest achievement in the study of Washington, D.C. history. Kathryn Schneider Smith (recipient of the inaugural award in 2014) spoke about Dr. Goode’s career at the Smithsonian Castle and the Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress; as a curator for several private collections of Washingtoniana; and having produced numerous tomes on District buildings, homes, and sculpture, Dr. Goode is quite an act to follow.

(For a wonderful look at Goode’s work, check out John Kelly’s piece spotlighting Dr. Goode in The Washington Post. Researchers can follow in the honoree’s footsteps in the Kiplinger Research Library, as the Historical Society’s collections include Dr. Goode’s research files, including that for his most recent title).

In addition to the presentation of the Visionary Historian Award, the evening featured the announcement of the full slate of 2015 Making D.C. History Awards. The honorees will be formally presented with their awards at the Making D.C. History Awards event on November 5, 2015. Mark your calendars! The full slate comprises:

The Honorees

Clyde’s Restaurant Group
John Laytham, Co–Owner and CEO
Making D.C. History Award for Distinction in Corporate Achievement 

Hillcrest Children and Family Center
Juanita Price, Executive Director
Making D.C. History Award for Distinction in Historic Social Service

Association for the Study of African American Life & History
Sylvia Y. Cyrus, Executive Director
Making D.C. History Award for Distinction in Historic Achievement

Wagner Roofing
Chuck and Sheila Wagner
Making D.C. History Award for Distinction in Historic Preservation 

Ourisman Family
Accepted by John Ourisman
Making D.C. History Family Legacy Award

Cassell Family
Accepted by Charles Cassell
Making D.C. History Family Legacy Award

Remarks and video from the May 27th evening will be posted soon. In the meantime, make sure to catch “For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C.” before the exhibit closes on Friday June 19th!

Emceed by Wendy Reiger, the event also celebrated the Historical Society's 121st anniversary.

Emceed by Wendy Reiger, the event marked the Historical Society’s 121st anniversary. Photo by Jeff Malet, Maletphoto.com

Visionary Historian Kathy Smith, who founded Washington History journal in 1989, presented this year's award to James Goode.

Visionary Historian Kathy Smith, who founded the Washington History journal in 1989, presented this year’s award to James Goode. Photo by Jeff Malet, Maletphoto.com

Also recognized were winning artists from the For the Record program, including Lisa Diop, standing, and first place-winner Cindy Vasko, seated.

Also recognized were winning artists from the For the Record program, including Lisa Diop, standing, and first place-winner Cindy Vasko, seated. Photo by Jeff Malet, Maletphoto.com

Honoree James Goode, third from the left, celebrated with recipients of previous awards including Albert Small, Knight Kiplinger, and B.F. Saul.

Honoree James Goode, third from the left, celebrated with recipients of previous Historical Society Legacy Family awards including Albert Small, Knight Kiplinger, and B.F. Saul. Photo by Jeff Malet, Maletphoto.com

The evening featured the closing of the auction of works of art from the "For the Record" exhibit, a fundraiser towards collections care.

The evening featured the closing of the auction of works of art from the “For the Record” exhibit, a fundraiser towards collections care. Photo by Jeff Malet, Maletphoto.com

Following an onliine auction that opening in April, the evening's bidding was fast and furious.

Following an online auction that opened in April, the evening’s bidding was fast and furious. Photo by Jeff Malet, Maletphoto.com

While no fist-fights broke out ...

While no fist-fights broke out … Photo by Jeff Malet, Maletphoto.com

... the bidding was competitive. And ... drum roll please...

… the bidding was competitive. Drum roll please… Photo by Jeff Malet, Maletphoto.com

... every single piece of art SOLD to the highest bidder. Visit the exhibit before it closes on June 19th, after which all artworks except the five winning pieces - now part of the Historical Society's permanent collection - will head to their new homes throughout Washington, D.C.

Every single piece of art SOLD to the highest bidder. Visit the exhibit before it closes on June 19th, after which all artworks except the five winning pieces – now part of the Historical Society’s permanent collection – will head to their new homes throughout Washington, D.C. Photo by Jeff Malet, Maletphoto.com