The Ken Burns Lifetime Achievement Award is given to "an individual who has made a significant impact on the arts through a project that is relevant to the history Old Sturbridge Village works to preserve." Please join us as we recognize master carpenter and author Norm Abram.
About Norm Abram: Master carpenter of This Old House Ventures, LLC since the series’ 1979 premiere, and host of The New Yankee Workshop since its premiere a decade later, Norm Abram has inspired millions of homeowners to renovate and restore their homes. Seen across the country as the ultimate home improvement guru, everyone wishes Norm lived next door. This carpenter-turned-celebrity was “discovered” by creator Russell Morash, who had commissioned him to build a barn. Russ was so impressed with Norm’s work that he invited the carpenter to help with the renovation of a rundown Victorian house—with a WGBH camera crew recording the process for a series. It was an instant success, and Norm has been the master carpenter for This Old House ever since. Admired for his easy-going manner and common-sense approach to renovation, Norm is an uncompromising old-world craftsman and a pioneer who searches out new construction products and approaches.
Norm has authored eight companion books, including Ask Norm; The New Yankee Workshop; Outdoors Projects From The New Yankee Workshop; Norm Abram’s New House; Measure Twice, Cut Once; and The New Yankee Workshop Kids’ Stuff, all published by Little, Brown and Company. Norm serves on the editorial board of This Old House magazine, published by This Old House Ventures, LLC, also authoring the popular column, Norm’s Tricks of the Trade.
Born in Rhode Island, Norm was exposed to the carpentry trade by his carpenter father as a young child. Norm continued to refine his skills working by his father’s side remodeling and building custom homes through high school and college vacations. He attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he studied mechanical engineering and business administration. In 1976, after three years as a site supervisor for a New England-based, multimillion-dollar construction firm, he founded Integrated Structures, Inc., a general contracting company he operated until 1989. Norm is also on the Board of Trustees of Old Sturbridge Village and lives with his wife, Elise, in a classic Colonial home that he built in Massachusetts. They enjoy cooking and entertaining, visiting art galleries and museums, as well as boating, fishing, and kayaking.
Please join us for this special occasion! Tickets are $200 per person, seating is limited, and reservations are required. All proceeds support the educational mission of the museum.