La Salle University History Department Chair and professor Stuart Leibiger, Ph.D., will receive the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association Award, given annually to a person who has done great service to perpetuate the memory and virtues of the first president.
“I am honored to receive this award because it is a lifetime achievement award. It recognizes that I have been researching, writing about, and lecturing about George Washington and the Founding (of the country) for more than 25 years,” said Leibiger, who joined the La Salle faculty in 1997. “I am also honored to receive this award because past recipients of the ward include distinguished Washington scholars whom I have long admired.”
Leibiger will receive the award on Washington’s birthday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the George Washington Masonic Temple in Alexandria, Va.
In addition, he will participate in a symposium at the George Washington Masonic Temple, giving a lecture on a Washington-related topic of his choice. He will present “Washington and Lafayette: Father and Son of the Revolution.”
He will also participate in a three-member session on Washington, in which each member will speak for 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A session.
Leibiger is the author of Founding Friendship: George Washington, James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic, which chronicles the little-known personal and professional relationship Washington and Madison shared.
He has written numerous articles on the Founders for historical magazines and journals, and he has been a historical consultant for television documentaries and museums. He has worked on the editorial staffs of the Papers of George Washington and the Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
In addition, Leibiger has been a history content scholar for numerous teacher workshops run by the Bill of Rights Institute and other educational institutions in 17 states.
An educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values, La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order. Money magazine named La Salle University a “Value All-Star,” ranking it the eighth-best college nationwide for adding the most value for a college education. Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.