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The Organization of American Historians has awarded former Colonial Williamsburg President and CEO Colin Campbell the 2015 Friend of History Award.
The award is given annually to an institution or person who has done outstanding work in supporting historical research or publicly presenting American history.
Campbell, who currently serves as the chairman emeritus of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Directors, received the award at the organization’s annual meeting April 18 in St. Louis.
A news release from OAH says Campbell “reaffirmed” the living history museum’s commitment to “a history that connects the past to contemporary American life and citizenship.”
The release touted his work with rebranding Colonial Williamsburg as the “Revolutionary City,” with a special focus on the live street theater performances. It also praised Campbell for maintaining Colonial Williamsburg’s extensive buildings, streets, gardens and pastures.
Campbell was also recognized for his work with the RevQuest spy game, Colonial Williamsburg’s educational outreach programs and his work to connect the foundation to other institutions and groups like the National Park Service, Preservation Virginia and the College of William & Mary.
The award continues a red-letter year for Campbell, who has in the last 12 months had the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s highest honor for employees renamed after him. Campbell and his wife received the foundation’s highest award at a black-tie ceremony in Novmeber. In July, he received the President’s Metal from the New York-based Chautauqua Institution.
OAH is a professional association dedicated to American history scholarship. It has more than 7,800 members across the world.