The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and celebrated biographer of Harry Truman, John Adams, Teddy Roosevelt has been selected to receive the Newberry Library Award as Chicago's Gold Coast-based institution wraps up its 125th anniversary campaign.
The award was established in 1987 to honor those who make "outstanding contributions to the humanities, particularly in fields of endeavor related to the Newberry's collection."
With more than 400 people in attendance, including high school teachers and students, the sold-out event (during which McCullough is scheduled to speak) takes place Monday, May 13, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Harvest Bible Chapel on N. Dearborn. A ticketed reception follows at the Newberry.
"I'm just thankful I'm able to do the thing I most love to do in life," McCullough told AARP magazine in 2011. "[I] still love to get up out of bed in the morning and get to it. The research is like working on a detective case. But I love the writing best of all. And I'm still asking: Can I do this better than I did it before? Am I good enough to express what I really feel, what I really want this piece of work to impart?"
McCullough previously received another Chicago honor, the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, in 2000.