OAH gives Sen. Byrd "Friend of History" Award





On March 1, 2007, in a ceremony held in the U.S. Capitol, Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) received the Organization of American Historian’s prestigious “Friend of History” Award from OAH Executive Director Lee Formwalt. Senator Byrd has a long record of supporting history and one of his most lasting contributions has been his sponsorship of the “Teaching American History” grants program awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of this program for school districts and institutions with expertise in American history to collaborate over a three-year period to help teachers develop the knowledge and skills necessary to teach American history.

In the 1980s, Senator Byrd wrote and delivered a lengthy series of speeches on the history of the United States Senate that was later published in four volumes as “The Senate, 1789––1989: Addresses on the History of the Senate.”

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