2014-04-21

Doris Kearns Goodwin to be Honored at the New-York Historical Society’s Annual Strawberry Festival

New York, NY, April 21, 2014 – Doris Kearns Goodwin, acclaimed author of The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, will be presented with the New-York Historical Society’s Women in Public Life Award by trustee Lewis Lehrman at the annual Strawberry Festival benefit luncheon on Tuesday, April 29. The luncheon will take place at 11:30 am at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street.

“We presented Doris Kearns Goodwin with our first annual New-York Historical Society Book Prize in 2006 for Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. We are thrilled to celebrate her again this year,” says Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society.

Ms. Goodwin joins a list of outstanding women who have been honored at the Strawberry Festival. Past recipients of the distinguished service award include Mika Brzezinski , Hillary Clinton, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michelle Obama, Anna Quindlen, Lesley Stahl, Christine Quinn, and Wendy Wasserstein.

Doris Kearns Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed books, including her most recent, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, (November, 2013), a dynamic history of the first decade of the Progressive Era, a tumultuous time when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air. Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to the book. Mr. Spielberg and Ms. Goodwin previously worked together on the film Lincoln, based in part on Ms. Goodwin’s award-winning Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.

Ms. Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II, and is the author of the bestsellers Wait Till Next Year, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream and The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga, which was adapted into an award-winning five-part TV miniseries. She earned a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, where she taught Government, including a course on the American Presidency. She also served as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson in his last year in the White House, and later assisted President Johnson in the preparation of his memoirs. Ms. Goodwin is the winner of the Charles Frankel Prize, given by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Sarah Josepha Hale medal, and the Lincoln Prize.

The first recorded gathering of the New-York Historical Society’s Strawberry Festival was on June 15, 1856, in Washington Square Park, where guests enjoyed a stimulating lecture and a strawberry feast. Proceeds from the Strawberry Festival support the major exhibitions and education programs of the New-York Historical Society. Strawberry Festival tables are $25,000 for luncheon Co-Chairs, which includes seating for ten guests; tickets range from $500 to $1,000. For tickets or more information, please call Barbi Zakin at (212) 744-0799 or e-mail barbiz@aol.com. Media RSVP is required.

About the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.


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