Eleanor Guralnick— 2004 Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award

Award Citation:

It is with special pleasure that the Archaeological Institute of America presents its Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award for 2004 to Dr. Eleanor Guralnick. Through her many years of outstanding and varied service to the AlA, Dr. Guralnick exemplifies the spirit of selfless commitment to the work of the Institute that the Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award was designed to honor.

Eleanor Guralnick has performed exceptional volunteer service for the AlA at both the national and local society levels. A long time member of the Chicago Society, she has held every office, serving as its President for six years, Vice President for two years, Secretary for six years, Treasurer for three years, Executive Committee Member from 1972 till the present, and as a representative to Council every year since 1969! Through her efforts she has made the Chicago Society a model for outreach to adults and children alike. For scholars and members of the public she has organized and presided at three Chicago Society regional symposia, in 1982, 1987, and 1990, editing and promptly publishing the papers at each of these symposia under the titles Vikings in the West (1982), Sardis: Twenty-seven Years of Discovery (1987), and The Ancient Eastern Mediterranean (1990). For children she developed and administered an Archaeology Day program for 6th graders in the Chicago public schools, sponsored by the AlA-Chicago Society in cooperation with the Art Institute of Chicago. For two days each year 150 children from inner city schools ·hear a lecture by a digging archaeologist, tour museum galleries with ancient artifacts, and do "real archaeological work" reconstructing a broken replica of an ancient pot. In many years it has been possible to give each participant a copy of Archaeology magazine or a copy of Dig. The program, ongoing since 1991, received the Appreciation Award by the Chicago School Board and the Chicago Tribune Company in 1991-92 as the best Adopt-a- School Program.

In addition to all her work for the Chicago Society, Eleanor Guralnick has been active for many years on the national scene. Among her many roles, she served for six years (1995-2002) as a General Trustee, chaired the Regional Symposia committee from 1990-2000, and is currently very much engaged in several more committees: the Development Committee, the Finance Committee, the Investment sub-committee, the Education Committee, and the Societies and Membership Committee. She is actively involved in the Near Eastern Archaeology Interest Group as well. She has also participated in the national lecture program, delivering some 44 lectures to 39 AlA societies since 1972.

Throughout all her years of devoted service to the AlA, Eleanor Guralnick has found the time to be a productive scholar, publishing important research in the AJA, JNES, Iraq, Gnomon, and in many other prestigious journals and conference papers. She has presented many papers and organized colloquia at the AlA Annual Meetings as well as at numerous other national and international conferences, symposia and colloquia.

There are few parts of the Institute and few of us who have not been touched in some way by the energy, creativity, and just plain hard work that Dr. Eleanor Guralnick has contributed to further the work of the AlA and increase public awareness of its mission. The Archaeological Institute of America is proud to present her with the 2004 Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award.

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