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August 29, 2013

121 years after death, Whittier wins award

Honored for writing, fight against slavery

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Whittier spent his later years at his home in Amesbury, where he wrote his most financially successful poem, “Snow-Bound” — his reminiscence of being a 10-year-old boy at the homestead during the big December blizzard of 1818.

Contemporary journalists receiving the Yankee Quill Award this year are: James Rousmaniere, recently retired editor and president of the Keene, N.H., Sentinel; Christine Chinlund, managing editor of the Boston Globe; Eliot White, publisher of the Meriden, Conn., Record-Journal, and Peter B. Lord, longtime environmental reporter and editor for the Providence Journal who passed away last year.

Awards will be presented at the annual dinner meeting of the New England Academy of Journalists on Oct. 10 at the Crowne Plaze Hotel in Natick.

Cynthia Costello, president of the Whittier Home Association in Amesbury, said the New England Academy of Journalists agreed to present Whittier’s awards to both the Whittier Home Museum in Amesbury and the Whittier Birthplace in Haverhill. The Whittier Home Museum will hold its fourth annual “Celebrating John Greenleaf Whittier” fundraiser and auction on Sept. 21 at the Maudslay Arts Center in Newburyport. For more information, visit www.whittierhome.org. For more information about the Whittier Birthplace, visit www.johngreenleafwhittier.com.

About The Yankee Quill Award

Established in 1960

Recognizes the special lifetime contribution of New England journalists to their profession

Highest individual journalism honor in New England

Special historical category was created for pioneers of journalism in 2003

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