2017 Empire State Archives and History Award Laureate
Harold Holzer is one of the country's primary authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War's political culture. After serving as Vice President for The Metropolitan Museum of Art for 23 years, Holzer currently stands as the Johnathan F. Fanton Director of The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. Harold Holzman also spent six years as chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and prior to that, was appointed as co-chair of the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission by President Bill Clinton, Harold Holzer is also an Archives Trust Board Member and Program Moderator.
In addition to these achievements, Holzer is the 2008 recipient of the National Humanities Medal and is credited for having authored, co-authored, or edited 52 books.. Most recently, Holzer authored the book entitled, Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French, a biography concerning artist, John Harvard, creator of the Lincoln Memorial statue. Prior to this most recent effort, Holzer wrote the book, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion, which won the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize in 2015. Holzer is also a lecturer and commentator and can be seen on C-SPAN, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, and the BBC, as well as performing Lincoln programs on stage alongside the likes of Sam Waterston, Richard Dreyfuss, and Dianne Wiest. More information about Harold Holzer can be found at http://www.haroldholzer.com.