On November 18, the NEH recognized Albert H. Small for a lifetime of dedication and achievement to the humanities in an event, co-hosted by the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) and the Federation, at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. Albert H. Small, a third-generation Washingtonian and 2009 National Humanities Medal award recipient, is President of the Southern Engineering Corporation and became interested in historical collecting following his service in the Navy during World War II. In February 2011, Small donated his Washingtonian Collection – sixty years in the making – to the university to help establish the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum.
The Albert H. Small – George Washington University Washingtonian Collection documents the formation, development, and history of Washington, D.C. from the eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century, and includes nearly 1,000 manuscripts, books, newspapers, broadsides, photographs, postage stamps, paper currencies, and prints and maps, including a wanted poster issues six days after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The poster urges the capture of John Wilkes Booth and his two accomplices. To view images from the event, please visit our Facebook page.
NEH Chairman Adams and GW President Stephen Knapp gave opening remarks and presented Mr. Small with a gift. Tony award winner and movie actor John Lloyd Young performed at the event.
This update has been adapted from NEH event background materials.