National Heritage Fellowship for Harold Burnham

The National Endowment for the Arts has honored Harold Burnham with a National Heritage Fellowship. Nationally just nine recipients have been granted this coveted award.

Glouceter Times article

And more on Harold Burnham

From the Alberg 30 site I understand he is actually traveling to DC on Ardelle for the ceremony in early October.

"I thought you Chesapeake folks might like to know that Harold Burnham and the Schooner Ardelle are headed your way. Harold, an 11th generation boatbuilder in Essex, Massachusetts, is on his way to DC to be honored as a National Heritage Fellow. He and Ralph Stanley are the only living recipients.
Read more here:
He's in Delaware Bay today and plans to go through the ICW and then down the Chesapeake. You can track him at /ais/ just enter Ardelle in the ship search window.
Harold is about the nicest, most humble fellow you'll ever meet. If he sails into your harbor go look him up.

Greg Bover"

Jim and Sandy Davis
S/V Isa Lei

Ardelle enroute to DC

At 0950 9/28 Ardelle and Pride of Baltimore II passed close by one another off Annapolis. Ardelle was heading for Point Lookout at 6 kt. I can picture them clearly -- a beautiful sight in my mind's eye.

Al Bezanson

Ardelle photo

Photo by Andy Bezanson from Green Dragon

Attention Chesapeake and Potomac sailors ---- This is Ardelle off Eastern Point in Gloucester. She will be in your waters for a few weeks and there is no mistaking her. You might try to keep her around down there for "Schooner Month in Maryland" but if you do we'll be missing her in Gloucester.

Al Bezanson

Ardelle crew photo

Photo by Aram Neresian

Enroute to DC Ardelle's crew D&B'd (docked and breakfasted)in Solomons, MD courtesy of Aram Neresian, owner of Heron. Many a schooner has been the recipient of his hospitality and there was no way Ardelle could pass by without a stopover.

Most of you know Harold (beaming,on the right.) If you spot this crew, don't allow them to escape from the Chesapeake until they complete "Schooner Month in Maryland."

Al Bezanson

Harold Burnham in Washington, DC

The award ceremony takes place on Wednesday, October 3rd at the Library of Congress. Here is some background on Harold from the NEA National Heritage Fellowships website.

NEA National Heritage Fellow

At 7:30 on Thursday night, October 4th, there is a concert at George Washington University which will be webcast live at During the concert Harold will be interviewed about his work by Nick Spitzer, the host of public radio's American Routes.

Washington Post on Harold Burnham

Here is an exceptionally well-written piece on Harold Burnham
Washington Post

Great Job Al

Al great job posting all the info on Harold. That's a remarkable life time achievement and I hope the accolade brings him a life time of warm remembrances. The recognition is well placed and most deserved.