May 17, 2007
By David Darlington
On April 27-28, 2007, the New-York Historical Society held its annual Weekend with History gala event. This two-day program of informal conversations and presentations featured some of America’s leading historians, like Eric Foner, Kenneth T. Jackson, and Sean Wilentz among others, as well as media figures like Cokie Roberts and Lesley Stahl. In a ceremony on the 27th, City University of New York Professor David Nasaw was named the society’s American Historian Laureate.
Nasaw was also honored with the second annual New-York Historical Society American History Book Prize for his biography of Andrew Carnegie. Society President and CEO Louise Mirrer said, “David Nasaw’s thoroughly researched biography makes Carnegie relevant and compelling to a 21st century audience,” and Kenneth T. Jackson (a member of the prize committee) added, “Andrew Carnegie reminds us why David Nasaw has emerged in the last dozen years as one of the finest and most influential historians in the United States. It is meticulously researched, beautifully written, and persuasively argued.” The book prize honors works of scholarly and literary achievement that would be appealing to both academic and general audiences.
For more information, see the society’s web page. Below are some photographs of the event, courtesy of Don Pollard and the New-York Historical Society.