May 20, 2002
Nancy Campbell joins preservation leaders at White House reception honoring the National Trust
The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently was honored at an awards ceremony at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., and a reception at the White House. President George W. Bush presented the prestigious National Humanities Medal to the National Trust, the first time an organization rather than an individual has been so recognized. Nancy Campbell, chairman emeritus of the National Trust and chairman of the National Trust’s Campaign to Save America’s Treasures, joined Richard Moe, president of the National Trust, and William Hart, who succeeded Campbell as chairman, in representing the Trust at the events. Nancy Campbell is the wife of Colonial Williamsburg President and Chairman Colin G. Campbell. She served as chairman of the National Trust from 1995-99.
“It is deeply gratifying that the National Trust has been recognized for its effective work in the preservation of our historic sites and in engaging the American public in these efforts,” said Mrs. Campbell. “This award also is recognition of the importance of America’s historic places and a reminder to all of us that the preservation of our heritage must remain a long-term priority.”
First given in 1988 as the Charles Frankel Prize, the National Humanities Medal honors individuals or groups whose work deepens the nation’s understanding of, and broadens popular engagement with, the humanities. Each year the National Council on the Arts and the National Council on the Humanities seek nominations and provide recommendations to the president of the United States, who then selects the recipients.
Other honorees at this year’s White House gala, which honored accomplishments in humanities and the arts, included historian William Manchester, author Tom Wolfe, actor Kirk Douglas, the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation and country music singer Johnny Cash. Campbell noted that one of the evening’s most memorable moments was when cellist Yo-Yo Ma, also an honoree, performed a Brahms sonata accompanied on the piano by national security adviser Condoleezza Rice.