William Cohen and Norman Mineta to receive 2013 Freedom Award

The Honorable William S. Cohen and The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta To Receive U. S. Capitol Historical Society’s 2013 Freedom Award

The U. S. Capitol Historical Society annually recognizes individuals that have advanced greater public understanding and appreciation for freedom as represented by the U. S. Capitol and Congress.  The Society initiated its Freedom Award on September 17, 1993, the eve of the 200th anniversary of the laying of the U.S. Capitol cornerstone by George Washington in 1793. It is named for the statue that graces the Capitol’s dome.

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Freedom Award.  The presentation will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM in National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol.  Speaker John A. Boehner is Honorary Host.

The Society will present the award jointly to the Honorable William S. Cohen and the Honorable Norman Y. Mineta in recognition of their outstanding contributions in preserving America’s democratic system. 

The Honorable William S. Cohen and The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta

The Hon. Ronald Sarasin, USCHS president, commented: “It is indeed an honor to recognize these two gentlemen.  They embody public service at its best.  Each had a distinguished career of more than 20 years in the Congress.  And each was the first of their respective parties in modern history to be called across party lines to serve in a cabinet by a president and nation who respected their knowledge, integrity and belief in the democratic process above all else.  Their dedication to public service represents an extraordinary example for all Americans.”

Past recipients of the Freedom Award include filmmaker/historian Ken Burns; The Deans of Congress: Senator Daniel Inouye and Representative John Dingell; former Senator Howard Baker Jr., presented by Senator Robert Byrd; and former House Speaker Tom Foley, presented by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

As part of the evening’s program, the Society’s 2013 Chairman’s Fred Schwengel Award will be presented to Suzanne Callison Dicks in recognition of her two decades of service and leadership as USCHS’s General Secretary.

The United States Capitol Historical Society, founded in 1962 and chartered by Congress in 1978, is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization charged with educating the public on the rich heritage of the Capitol building and the United States Congress.