Gilder Lehrman Honors Champions of History at 2015 Gala

New York, NY (May 14, 2015): The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History held its 4th annual gala on Monday, May 11 at the New York Palace Hotel. The Institute honored Robert A. Kinsley, founder and longtime chairman of the Gettysburg National Battlefield Foundation; Diana and Joseph DiMenna, generous philanthropists and co-founders of the DiMenna Children’s History Museum; and David Brion Davis, Sterling Professor of American History, Emeritus, at Yale University.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, a nonprofit organization devoted to the teaching and learning of American history, honors individuals who make a unique and lasting impact on American history and education. Previous honorees are First Lady Laura Bush, Gilder Lehrman Institute co-founders Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, and Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award–winning historian David McCullough.

Through their work in historical preservation, museums, research, and writing, each of the 2015 Gilder Lehrman gala honorees has made a significant contribution toward shaping how future generations will learn about, experience, and ultimately understand American history:

Robert A. Kinsley is a philanthropist and historic preservationist, and the driving force behind the Gettysburg National Battlefield Foundation. Under his leadership the Foundation has partnered with the National Park Service to bring about the transformation of one of America’s most sacred historic sites.

Diana and Joseph DiMenna, two of New York’s most energetic philanthropists and civic leaders, founded the DiMenna Children’s History Museum at the New-York Historical Society. As a result, each year thousands of young New Yorkers and visitors to the city receive their first introduction to American history through the programs, events, and exhibitions at the historical society.

David Brion Davis was an early leader in establishing the field of slavery studies in America more than fifty years ago. In 1994 he directed the first Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar and served as co-chair of the Gilder Lehrman Institute Scholarly Advisory Board for twenty years. He received a 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation and is founder and director emeritus of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale.

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About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization devoted to the teaching and learning of American history. The Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that operate in all fifty states, including a network of 7,000 Affiliate Schools and a website that features more than 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection. Each year the Institute offers support and resources to tens of thousands of teachers, and through them enhances the education of more than a million students. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.