Lincoln Presidential Foundation's "Fortifying Our Democracy" Documentary Series Wins Four Prestigious Awards


Foundation’s second multimedia project receives two Telly Awards and two Awards of Excellence in the Communicator Awards

CHICAGO, (June 6, 2024) - The Lincoln Presidential Foundation announced today that its newest short documentary film series, “Fortifying Our Democracy: Lincoln’s Lyceum Address,” released fall 2023, has received four prestigious awards: Silver and Bronze Awards in the history and education categories from the Telly Awards, and two Awards of Excellence in the Communicator Awards, judged and curated by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) in New York.

“Fortifying Our Democracy: Lincoln’s Lyceum Address” explores the alarming events that motivated Lincoln to deliver his speech, the timeless argument for investing in civic education, and the dangers of taking our political institutions for granted. Featuring expert storytelling and compelling visuals, the series delves into Abraham Lincoln's powerful political ideas and their relevance to challenges facing our nation today.

This is the Foundation’s second short documentary film series. Its first series, “Warning Signs: Lincoln’s Response to Rising Tensions in the 1850s,” released in the fall of 2022, went on to win four awards, including an Emmy Mid-America from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 13,000 entries globally and received a record-breaking number of entries this year.

The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), an assembly of leading professionals in the visual arts, is dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. AIVA’s 29th Annual Communicator Awards received around 3,000 entries from across the United States and the world.

“It's gratifying that this timely, collaborative, and creative project has received four prestigious awards,” said Erin Carlson Mast, CEO of the Lincoln Presidential Foundation. “We are grateful for Iron Mountain’s generous support of this project and to our stellar project team, including The Storyteller Studios, experts Dr. Saladin Ambar, Dr. Kate Masur, Dr. Angela G. Ray, and Dr. Manisha Sinha, and actor Eric Wolfgang Nelson.”

“The caliber of the work this season coming from creators such as the Lincoln Presidential Foundation has truly reflected the theme of going beyond the frame. Our industry is experimenting with new technologies and crafting compelling stories in multiple mediums,” shares Telly Awards Managing Director Amanda Needham.

“The entries into this season of The Communicator Awards were such a great representation of our three decades of celebrating innovation and creativity in all forms of communication. I couldn’t have wished for a more diverse and brilliant body of work to be placed in our jurors' capable hands,” said AIVA Managing Director Lauren Angeloni. “I want to congratulate all the honorees for their well-deserved wins.”

"Iron Mountain congratulates the team at the Lincoln Presidential Foundation on receiving this round of awards for their second outstanding film series. We applaud their outstanding storytelling that helps us learn from the past to shape the future," states Jennifer Grimaudo, Senior Director of Sustainability. "We are proud to support their efforts in preserving and sharing President Lincoln's legacy."

About the Lincoln Presidential Foundation
Established in 2000, the Lincoln Presidential Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit public charity headquartered in Illinois. The Foundation’s purpose is to support, sustain, and provide educational and public programming, research, and access to historic places and collections related to the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln in cooperation with other entities. Its vision is the global protection and expansion of freedom and democracy inspired by the life and work of President Abraham Lincoln. Learn more at

About The Telly Awards
The Telly Awards annually showcase the best work created within television and across video for all screens. Receiving over 12,000 entries globally from 6 continents and all 50 states, Telly Award winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world. The full list of the 45th Annual Telly Awards winners can be found at

About The Communicator Awards
The Communicator Awards is the leading global awards program honoring creative excellence for marketing and communications professionals. Founded three decades ago, the Communicator Awards is an annual competition recognizing the best in advertising, corporate communications, public relations and design. The Communicator Awards is sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from acclaimed brand and media, interactive, advertising, and marketing firms including: GE Digital, Spotify, Condè Nast, Disney, Accenture Song, Superfly, Fast Company, Digitas, and many others. See for more information.

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