Steven Spielberg to be honored at National Archives

Director Steven Spielberg in 2012.
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Steven Spielberg will add another prize to his crowded trophy mantle this fall when he receives an award at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

The Oscar-winning director will receive the 2013 Records of Achievement Award in recognition of his film work that has brought key moments of American history to life. The award is presented by the Foundation of the National Archives and is intended to honor an individual whose work has bolstered awareness of the history and identity of the United States through the use of original records.

Spielberg, whose most recent movie was last year’s “Lincoln,” is expected to be on hand to receive the award at the Nov. 19 gala in Washington, D.C. Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is chairing the event.


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In addition to being honored for his movies, Spielberg will be recognized for his work in creating what has become the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.

The institute works to preserve audiovisual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides.

The Nov. 19 gala will fall on the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, which he delivered in 1863.

Past recipients of the Records of Achievement Award include Burns, Tom Brokaw, David McCullough and James McPherson.


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