Annual Awards

Each year, at the annual BVMA Banquet in March, the BVMA gives out several awards to recognize those members who have exemplified the spirit of reenacting in their respective categories during the previous season. These awards are voted on by the membership.

At the Annual Meeting in March, 2016, the following awards were given for the 2015 season:

  • The Bernard Sawyer Memorial Soldier Award: Larry Pittman
  • The Margarite Syfert-Hines Memorial Civilian Award: Janis Tan
  • The Col. Arthur D. Bush Memorial Officer of the Year Award: Peter J. Zack II

About the Awards:

Col. Arthur D. Bush Memorial Officer of the Year Award
The Bernard Sawyer Memorial Soldier Award
The Margarite Syfert-Hines Memorial Civilian Award
The Steve Hines Memorial Performing Arts Award

The Robert and Nora Smith Education Award
BTL Youth Awards
Caner Paul Brown Scholarship (children)

Board-and-Award-Winners
The BVMA Board with the 2002 Award Recipients. From left to right: Laura Sawyer, Jim Stevens, John Osinski, Steve Crawford, Laura Spickerman, Paul Supley, Dean Barnes, and Mike Kowalski.

-Robert and Nora Smith Education Award

The Robert and Nora Smith Education Award   This is the BVMA/VHA’s newest award, created in October 2016. The recipient of this award displays a true devotion to history, research, and experimental archaeology. They constantly strive to improve their skills and proficiency. They see knowledge as a thing to be shared and take great pleasure …

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Art Bush Officer of the Year Award

Burning of the Valleys Military Association Art Bush Memorial Officer of the Year Award   This award recognizes the recipient’s distinguished service during the season, and his dedication and commitment to authentically portraying the life, duties and material culture of an officer serving in the Northern Theatre during the American Revolution. This award further recognizes …

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Bernard Sawyer Memorial Soldier Award

Soldier of the Year: The Bernard Sawyer Memorial Soldier Award Bernard Sawyer began in living history with Steve Hines’s Civil War groups. Like Steve, his interests in firearms and history led him to explore other areas of history as well. Joining the 4th Tryon County Militia in 1982, Bernard served as one of the first …

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Margarite Syfert-Hines Memorial Award

Margarite Syfert-Hines (wife of Steve Hines) was involved in living history at Ft. Stanwix National Monument before joining the 4th Tryon County Militia in 1982. She brought with her an extensive knowledge of 18th century culture. Though no stranger to muskets and cannon, Margarite chose to make her greatest contribution to living history in the …

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Steve Hines Memorial Performing Arts Award

Steve Hines began his living history career as a Civil War Re-enactor, but his work as a gunsmith and love of history led him to explore other areas as well. Steve helped to co-found the 4th Tryon County Militia in 1982, and eventually came to command the unit. While not a practicing musician (although in …

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Caner Paul Brown Scholarship

“Caner” Paul Brown was a man who tirelessly worked at his avocation to educate children about 18th Century life. His devotion to this was evident in the many school programs he participated in and the time he spent developing his character, researching his history and patiently and tenderly imparting his knowledge in any situation. The …

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1 comment

  1. Bill Curtis

    Oh my. I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with Steve and Margarite and and to meet Bernie. They were all such fine people. I am delighted to see that their names are perpetuated with these awards.

    They were wonderful people, and I have such fine memories of them all.

    This is brilliant. And congratulations to the winners of the awards.

    Bill Curtis

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