New York, NY (May 11, 2016) The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History held its fifth annual Gala on Tuesday, May 10 at the Pierre Hotel. The evening honored two men who have made significant contributions to American history and education through their generous philanthropic endeavors and scholarship: Julian H. Robertson, Jr., founder of the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program and chairman and CEO of Tiger Management LLC, and James M. McPherson, renowned historian and George Henry Davis ’86 Professor Emeritus of American History at Princeton University.
Julian H. Robertson, Jr., founded the hedge fund Tiger Management, and is known as one of the most innovative and successful hedge fund managers of all time. In 1996, Mr. Robertson and his wife, Josie, founded the Robertson Foundation to focus on large-scale, domestic, high-impact grants in education, the environment, and medical research.
Among the Robertson Foundation’s major initiatives are actively supporting New York City’s public education reform, creating a leadership-based scholarship program at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, combating global warming, and sponsoring medical research at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Rockefeller University, and several stem cell institutes. Mr. Robertson is also a longtime friend of the Gilder Lehrman Institute, dating back to his generous underwriting of the Institute’s joint exhibition with the New-York Historical Society in 2004, Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America.
James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis ’86 Professor Emeritus of American History at Princeton University, where he taught from 1962 to his retirement in 2004. McPherson’s work focuses primarily on the American Civil War and Reconstruction, including his books Battle Cry of Freedom, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1989; For Cause and Comrades, which won the Lincoln Prize in 1998; and Tried by War, which won a second Lincoln Prize in 2009. McPherson served as the president of the American Historical Association in 2003, and has been president of Protect Historic America and the Society of American Historians.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the nation’s leading nonprofit provider of K–12 teacher training and classroom resources in American history. The Institute provides programs, resources, and digital publications for teachers and students nationwide and sponsors the National History Teacher of the Year Award and the George Washington, Frederick Douglass, and Lincoln book prizes. Most recently, the Institute has partnered with the musical Hamilton, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the NYC Department of Education to send 20,000 students at Title I schools to see the musical and integrate Alexander Hamilton into classroom studies.
The Institute’s annual Gala honors individuals who make a unique and lasting impact on American history and education. At previous Galas the Institute has recognized historical preservationist Robert A. Kinsley, philanthropists Diana and Joseph DiMenna, historian David Brion Davis, 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.
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