American Battlefield Trust

'Step Into History' Video Series Wins Bronze in Third Annual Anthem Awards

Innovative new digital offerings and partnership with Wide Awake Films advance the Trust’s mission to educate and inspire

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(Washington, D.C.) — The American Battlefield Trust’s “Step Into History” video series has been named a Bronze Winner in Digital & Innovative Experience, Education, Art & Culture in The 3rd Annual Anthem Awards. This year’s Anthem Awards Winners were selected from a pool of over 2,000 submissions from 44 countries by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Other honorees in the Trust’s category include the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, PBS, Getty and the World History Foundation.  

“The Anthem Awards were born out of the desire to amplify and celebrate the voices that are creating sustainable change and to inspire others to take action,” said Patricia McLoughlin, Anthem Awards General Manager. “In a year where so much is at stake, it is incredibly important to recognize impact work and celebrate the progress happening globally. Congratulations to all of this year’s Winners.”  

The “Step Into History” videos – also available in 360º virtual reality – combine contemporary video and animation methods, enabling viewers to accompany the Trust’s historians as they stroll through historical pictures and divulge the stories behind the scenes immortalized on film. 

“We know that dynamic and immersive video can open up for viewers windows to the past, sparking life-long interest in history,” says the Trust’s Chief Historian Garry Adelman. “We’re honored for this award that recognizes our commitment to using technology to further our mission to educate and inspire.”  

The Trust partnered with Wide Awake Films, a Kansas City, Mo.–based creative media group focused on innovative, efficient execution of historical, commercial and corporate films, to masterfully produce the video series.  

In the first installments of the series, Adelman steps into famous Alexander Gardner photos taken at Antietam after the September 17, 1862, battle, which remains America’s bloodiest day, and iconic images at Gettysburg. The videos are available for viewing on the American Battlefield Trust YouTube Channel

The American Battlefield Trust is dedicated to preserving America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educating the public about what happened there and why it matters today. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization has protected more than 58,000 acres associated with the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War across 155 sites in 25 states. Learn more at  

About The Anthem Awards: Launched in 2021 by The Webby Awards, The Anthem Awards honors the purpose & mission-driven work of people, companies and organizations worldwide. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, we’re defining a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their own communities. The Anthem Awards honors work across seven core causes: Diversity; Equity & Inclusion; Education; Art & Culture; Health; Human & Civil Rights; Humanitarian Action & Services; Responsible Technology; and Sustainability, Environment & Climate. Founded in partnership with the Ad Council, Born This Way Foundation, Feeding America, Glaad, Mozilla, NAACP, NRDC, WWF, and XQ.   

About The Webby Awards: Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites; Video; Advertising, Media & PR; Apps, Mobile, and Voice; Social; Podcasts; and Games. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards received more than 13,500 entries from all 50 states and 70 countries worldwide this year. The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include Verizon, WP Engine, YouGov, Brandlive, Canva, NAACP, KPMG, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, MediaPost, Podcast Movement, and AIGA.