D.C. Historical Society honors variety of distinguished locals for making history

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Eleanor Holmes Norton is the District’s non-voting delegate to the House of Representatives. (photo courtesy of Eleanor Holmes Norton)

Restaurateur José Andrés, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Douglas Development Corp. were among the 2017 recipients of the Making D.C. History Awards, presented last Thursday by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

NBC4’s Wendy Rieger hosted the sixth annual awards dinner, which honored five individuals or D.C.-based organizations for their contributions to life in the District: Andrés for distinction in corporate achievement; Douglas Development for distinction in historic preservation; Norton for distinction in civic leadership; the Ruppert family as this year’s D.C. legacy family; and Di and Lou Stovall for distinction in artistic achievement.

“Their accomplishments are a gift to the city, the nation, and the world,” John Suau, executive director of the Historical Society, said in the release.

The Making D.C. History Awards, held this year at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center, is the biggest annual fundraiser for the Historical Society.