The Alexandria Archaeology Commission periodically gives the Brenman Award to individuals and groups who have demonstrated high quality work, innovation, commitment, or extraordinary efforts in preservation, research, protection, enhancement, creation of historic parks and open spaces, documentation, education, public appreciation, and advocacy in relation to the archaeology of historic Alexandria. The award is named after Ben Brenman, former chairman of the Commission, to recognize his achievements in visualizing and creating a community archaeology program in which sites are protected as resources, historic parks are created as part of the modern urban landscape, and a heritage trail was designated where people can discover and appreciate thousands of years of Alexandria's past across the entire city.
The Fort Ward History Group: Outstanding Community Research: The Group was selected for the Outstanding Community Research effort of its individual members and as a collective group in conducting research on history of Fort Ward, most specifically on “The Fort,” an African American community. Many people have visited a variety of archives, identified little-known school and voting records, transcribed on-line documents and interviewed long-time residents in order to produce a repository of historical information on the occupants of The Fort and the Seminary area. The Group has met monthly for two years to share information, question the origins of The Fort and formulate additional lines of research. The knowledge acquired by the Group’s members has greatly aided in the archaeological study and preservation of Fort Ward, as well as a fuller interpretation of the park as a significant African American historic place.
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