David McCullough: 2007

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author and Historian

Museum Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Vietor, David McCullough and Mystic Seaport President Doug Teeson at the 2007 America and the Sea Award gala.

Museum Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Vietor, David McCullough and Mystic Seaport President Doug Teeson at the 2007 America and the Sea Award gala.

On Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at the Rainbow Room, New York City, David McCullough was honored with the second annual America and the Sea Award presented by Mystic Seaport. The award recognizes an individual or organization whose contributions to the history, arts or sciences of the sea best exemplify the American spirit and character. The Award honors and celebrates those who embrace the scholarship, exploration, adventure, aesthetics, competition and freedom the sea inspires.

David McCullough has been widely acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history, and a matchless writer.” He is two-time winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has received more than 40 honorary degrees. In December 2006, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

His books have been praised for their scholarship and vibrant prose providing unique insights into American life and character. Mr. McCullough’s most recent book, 1776, was the number one New York Times national bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, and has been called, “brilliant…powerful, a classic.” His previous work, John Adams, remains one of the most critically acclaimed and widely read American biographies of all time. In March 2008, John Adams will be made into an HBO mini-series, produced by Tom Hanks and starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney as John and Abigail Adams.

Among the guests expected to be on hand to honor McCullough will be Ric Burns, documentary filmmaker. Dr. William M. Fowler, Jr., the distinguished professor of history from Northeastern University will make remarks prior to the presentation of the Award.