June was a very good month for Alliance President Tersh Boasberg. On June 6, Boasberg along with his wife, Sally Boasberg, were honored at the Committee of 100 on the Federal City Vision Awards for Lifetime Achievement. Tersh was recognized for the for many years of work he has done in planning, historic preservation, and to protect Civil War battlefields; most recently as founder and president of the Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington. Sally Boasberg, who died in March, received the award posthumously, for her long work and many achievements in parks, environmental conservation and landscapes.
Then on June 9, three giants of the modern Civil War battlefield preservation movement were honored by the Civil War Trust with its Edwin C. Bearrs Lifetime Achievement Award. For decades of devoted work and volunteerism, Alliance President Tersh Boasberg, Edward Wenzel, and Clark B. “Bud” Hall were recognized for having “demonstrated exceptional merit in and extensive commitment to Civil War battlefield preservation.”
The Trust noted that Boasberg is one of the country’s top land-use and preservation attorneys and the legal expertise he provided made possible some of the movement’s early battlefield preservation victories, including the Manassas and Brandy Station campaigns. His broad vision and Capitol Hill advocacy contributed to lawmakers’ establishment of the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission. Additionally, in 2010, Boasberg ended a decade-long tenure as chair of Washington’s Historic Preservation Review Board.
James Lighthizer, the Trust’s president, said the trio—along with other honorees—“represent the epitome of the historic preservation movement. Their efforts stretch across decades, demonstrating the way that concerted and consistent work can culminate in monumental achievements that will be felt for generations to come,” he told 400-plus attendees and guests during a banquet at the trust’s 2012 Annual Conference in Richmond, VA, the former Confederate capital.
Winding up his tour de force, on Thursday, June 21st, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the D.C. Office of Planning’s (OP) Historic Preservation Office presented the Individual Lifetime Achievement Award to Tersh Boasberg. He was honored as a longtime advocate and champion of preservation in the District and for his service as chair of the Historic Preservation Review Board from 2000 to 2010. “Historic preservation strengthens this city’s unique character while helping it to grow and prosper in a way that respects and enriches what we already have,” said OP Director Harriet Tregoning.
Also of note, last year Tersh Boasberg was chosen by Partners for Liveable Communities for its 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his revolutionary advocacy of historic preservation, land use, and environmental law, and as founder of Preservation Action, a national grassroots lobby. “Tersh Boasberg is a pioneer for American historic preservation and land use. As Founder and General Counsel of Preservation Action, the nation’s first and grassroots preservation lobby, and an attorney specializing in environmental law, his transformative career has helped to save and shape major land development projects in the United States for nearly three decades.”