The Carpenters' Company of the City and County of Philadelphia launched the David McCullough Prize for Excellence in American Public History in 2018 to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the public's understanding of American history and to increase awareness of the importance of history as a tool for civic engagement today. One prize is awarded to someone of national stature, and one is awarded to a Philadelphia public school history teacher. The inaugural prizes were awarded in 2020 to Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (pictured), and Francine Gold from Constitution High School. Ms. Gold's prize included a $2,500 contribution to support the history program at Constitution High.
The Carpenters' Company is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization that owns and operates Carpenters' Hall, the National Historic Landmark that hosted the First Continental Congress in 1774. Your tax-deductible contribution to the McCullough Prize Fund will help us to:
--identify and recognize future honorees
--educate the public about the importance of American history
--financially support the history department of the winning teacher's school so future generations of citizens understand the value and relevance of American history