Several area historians and writers are among those President Bush will award the National Humanities Medal in an Oval Office ceremony today.
Bethesda historian Walter Berns, and D.C. author and columnist Judith Martin are receiving the National Humanities Medal.
Berns is an American Enterprise Institute scholar and former Georgetown University professor. He is the author of "Making Patriots" and "After the People Vote" -- which examine patriotism and the electoral college.
Martin is famous for her "Miss Manners" column. She covered Washington culture for 25 years at The Washington Post.
The medal is also being awarded to the Papers of George Washington -- a nonprofit project based at the University of Virginia.
Recipients of the National Medal of Arts include actor Robert Duvall, jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and actress Dolly Parton.