Harold Lenfest

Gerry Lenfest (1930–2018) grew up in Scarsdale, New York, and on a farm in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. He was a graduate of Washington and Lee University and served two years in the US Navy and 24 years in the Navy Reserve. He regularly attributed his success, in part, to values instilled during his time…

Read More
John Barber, portrait

In 2009, John M. Barber was awarded with the NMHS Distinguished Service Award.  We recognized his many accomplishments in the evening’s awards dinner journal: John Barber’s art captures the vanishing era of the Chesapeake Bay and his environmental efforts help restore and preserve it. He has painted the Chesapeake Bay and the Eastern Seaboard for…

Read More
Award Recipient

Walter J. Handelman (1931–2009) Walter Handelman was a committed philanthropist and a long-time and generous supporter of the National Maritime Historical Society. Because of Walter Handelman’s commitment to maritime education, each issue of Sea History contains the feature Sea History for Kids (also on our website.) Walter Handelman was the visionary and major funder behind…

Read More
Ted Turner

In 2009, Ted Turner was awarded with the NMHS Distinguished Service Award at the Annual Awards Dinner. We recognized his many accomplishments in the evening’s awards dinner journal: In presenting the NMHS Distinguished Service Award to Mr. Turner, the Society honors Turner’s dedication, vision, and influence as a proponent of America’s maritime heritage, and his…

Read More