2006  |  Hall of Fame Member

Manuel Lujan Jr.

Manuel Lujan Jr.
Career HighlightsU.S. House of Representatives Member, Secretary of the Interior, Preservationist
AwardEdwin C. Bearss Lifetime Achievement Award

After representing New Mexico for 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Manuel Lujan Jr. was appointed Secretary of the Interior by President George H.W. Bush in 1989. Seeking to learn more about Manassas because of the mall-development controversy there, Lujan was captivated by Civil War stories told by his National Park Service chief historian, Ed Bearss, and became one of the most effective leaders in the modern preservation movement’s early years. He was the driving force behind creation of the original Civil War Trust in 1991 and that same year was also responsible for creating the congressional Civil War Sites Advisory Commission and the federal American Battlefield Protection Program. The ABPP continues today, administering preservation grants, while the commission’s 1993 report on battlefields continues to be a primary evaluation tool for the American Battlefield Trust.

2018 & 2001  |  Hall of Fame Member

Edwin C. Bearss

Badly wounded by Japanese machine-gun fire in the Pacific during World War II, Ed Bearss spent 26 months in military hospitals, where he spent...
2013  |  Hall of Fame Member

The Rev. Bob Bluford

A B-24 bomber pilot in Europe during World War II, the Rev. Bob Bluford returned home to Richmond, Va., to become a Presbyterian minister, a tireless...
2012  |  Hall of Fame Member

Clark B. Hall

FBI supervisory agent and congressional investigator Clark B. “Bud” Hall became involved in the fight to save a part of Virginia’s Chantilly...
2012  |  Hall of Fame Member

Edward T. Wenzel

Ed Wenzel is one of the originators of the modern battlefield preservation movement. He is a co-founder of both the Chantilly Battlefield Association...