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Filmmakers Ken and Ric Burns honored by historical society 
In this April 14, 2016 file photo, Ken Burns attends the 2016 Room To Grow Benefit, to support babies born into poverty, at Tribeca Three Sixty in New York. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)
Hillel Italie, National Writer
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Brothers and fellow filmmakers Ken and Ric Burns have received an honorary prize from the New-York Historical Society.

The Burns siblings' many credits together and separately include documentaries on the Civil War, baseball and New York. The brothers were presented with the society's History Makers Award at a gala benefit Monday night in Manhattan.

Society executive committee chair Roger Hertog praised the filmmakers as "candle lighters" and "whistle blowers" who showed how understanding history was vital to the present.

Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is a featured commentator for Ken Burns' "Jazz" and performed a brief duet with pianist Dan Nimmer.

Previous winners include "Hamilton" playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, Henry Kissinger and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who on Monday night was debating Republican nominee Donald Trump.