Brian C. Pohanka Preservation Organization of the Year Award: This award was named after the late Brian Pohanka, an outstanding historian and one of the founders of the modern battlefield preservation movement. This year, two awards were presented.
Founded in 1896, the Museum of the Confederacy owns the world’s most comprehensive collection of artifacts and documents related to the Confederate States of America, in total over 130,000 items — the vast majority of them donated directly from the soldiers and families who lived through America’s most defining era. This spring, the museum opened a new facility in Appomattox, Va., a state-of-the-art facility to conserve and display additional key pieces of the collection.
Since their founding in 2001, the Friends and Descendants of Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison in Ohio have worked hard to preserve, reclaim and interpret a prisoner of war camp that served as home to 10,000 Confederate officers. Working with Heidelberg University’s Center for Historic and Military Archaeology, the Friends have brought more than 10,000 middle and high school students to the island, where they have participated in an experiential learning program in historic archaeology, helping uncover and study the site.