Since 2004, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has presented awards to the best history teachers in the United States. Together with our partners Preserve America and HISTORY, we award 53 winners from US states and territories and one national winner each year. In this video, partners describe the award—and why it matters.
Columbia University historian Eric Foner discusses his most recent work, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, with James G. Basker, president of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Curator of the Gilder Lehrman Collection, Sandra Trenholm, describes documents in the Neta Snook Collection, including letters and photographs of Amelia Earhart. Biographer Susan Butler (East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart) offers additional insight into Earhart's life and her ill-fated final flight.
Dickinson College historian Matthew Pinsker describes changes in Frederick Douglass’s opinion of Abraham Lincoln between Lincoln's assassination in 1865 and the unveiling of the Freedmen’s Monument in Lincoln Park, Washington, DC, in 1876.