Saturday, June 3, 2023

Times: Event begins with open bar and hearty hors d'oeuvres at 6:00 p.m.

Cost: $125 per person; For tickets, please call Sandie Polanik (508) 347-0294 or email

Please join us as we recognize award-winning actor and producer Paul Giamatti with the Ken Burns Lifetime Achievement Award. For tickets, please call Sandie Polanik (508) 347-0294 or email Seating is limited and pre-registration is required.

Program Schedule:

6:00 p.m. – Open Bar and Hearty Hors d’oeuvres by Peppers Artful Events

8:00 p.m. – Remarks and Award Presentation in the Stephen M. Brewer Theater

9:00 p.m. – Dessert and Coffee

For tickets, please call Sandie Polanik (508) 347-0294 or email Seating is limited and pre-registration is required.


Actor Paul Giamatti; Photo by REUTERS/Toby Melville

About Paul Giamatti

Paul Giamatti is one of the most versatile actors of his generation, and his body of work comes to life with a diverse roster of award-winning performances across film and television. Giamatti is currently starring in the seventh season of the Showtime hit Billions for which he was nominated for a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award and a Critics Choice Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. Other television credits include Lodge 49Inside Amy SchumerDownton AbbeyThe Ides of March, and Curtis Hanson’s HBO movie Too Big to Fail, where his performance earned him his third SAG Award as well as an Emmy and a Golden Globe nomination. In 2008 Giamatti won Emmy, SAG, and Golden Globe awards for his performance in HBO’s seven-part miniseries John Adams. Other film credits include Ron Howard’s Cinderella Man (SAG Award, Oscar Nomination), Barney’s Version (Golden Globe Award), and Sideways (SAG Award, Golden Globe Nominee). Giamatti can next be seen in Alexander Payne’s feature film The Holdovers as well as in Season 2 of the HBO Max series 30 Coins.

About Ken Burns & The Ken Burns Lifetime Achievement Award

Ken Burns; Photo by Evan Barlow

Ken Burns has been making documentary films for over forty years.  Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, including The Civil War; Baseball; Jazz; The War; The National Parks:  America’s Best Idea; Prohibition; The Roosevelts:  An Intimate History; The Vietnam War; Country Music; and, most recently, The U.S. and the Holocaust.

Future film projects include The American Buffalo, Leonardo da Vinci, The American RevolutionEmancipation to Exodus, and LBJ & the Great Society, among others.

Ken’s films have been honored with dozens of major awards, including sixteen Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards and two Oscar nominations.  In September of 2008, at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Ken was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  In November of 2022, Ken was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

Old Sturbridge Village presents The Ken Burns Lifetime Achievement Award to an individual who has made a significant impact on the arts through a project that is relevant to the history we work to preserve.

Past Honorees:
2009 – Laura Linney
2010 – Doris Kearns Goodwin
2011 – Sam Waterston
2012 – Tom Brokaw
2013 – John Williams
2016 – Cokie Roberts
2018 – Norm Abram
2022 – Jon Meacham

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of The Haverford Trust Company

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