David McCullough to Receive Newberry Award

Special Evening Marks Culmination of $25 Million Campaign and 125th Anniversary

David McCullough
David McCullough
March 2013

The Newberry is pleased to announce that David McCullough will receive the 2013 Newberry Library Award. Established in 1987, the library’s centennial year, the award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the humanities, particularly in fields of endeavor related to the Newberry’s collection.

Historian and author David McCullough has been acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history.” He is twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, twice winner of the National Book Award, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. McCullough’s most recent book, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, was a number one New York Times best seller and has been called “dazzling,” “an epic of ideas … history to be savored.”

“We are extremely pleased to recognize the magnificent achievement of David McCullough, and are honored to welcome him back to the Newberry,” Spadafora said. “His body of work and dedication to scholarship have immeasurably increased our knowledge of and feeling for American history—and, therefore, enhanced our understanding of ourselves.”

Former recipients of The Newberry Library Award include Hanna H. Gray, President Emerita, University of Chicago; Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University; and Jonathan D. Spence, Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University.

Victoria Herget, chair of the Newberry Board of Trustees, will present the award Monday, May 13, beginning an evening that will include remarks by the honorand and a cocktail reception followed by a dinner. The award presentation and remarks begin at 6 pm and will be held at the Harvest Bible Chapel (formerly the Scottish Rite Cathedral), 935 N. Dearborn St. The subsequent reception and dinner will be held at the Newberry.

Co-chaired by Nancy Lee and Jonathan Kemper, Suzanne and Grant McCullagh, and David E. McNeel, the event also celebrates the culmination of both the library’s 125th anniversary and the Campaign for Tomorrow’s Newberry.

Tickets start at $1,000 per person; tables range from $10,000 to $100,000. All proceeds support the Campaign for Tomorrow’s Newberry and the Newberry’s unrestricted endowment. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, please visit www.newberry.org/125 or call Jo Anne Moore at (312) 255-3556.