Martha’s Vineyard Museum recognizes four Islanders

The Martha's Vineyard Museum recognized the contributions of (left to right) Hugh Knipmeyer, Tony Horwitz, Geraldine Brooks, and Jim and Debbie Athearn and the Athearn Family. — Photo courtesy of Martha's Vineyard Museum

At its annual meeting on August 13, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum recognized the contributions of the Athearn Family, wife and husband Geraldine Brooks and Tony Horwitz, and Hugh Knipmeyer with the presentation of the 2012 Martha’s Vineyard Medal award.

“The Medal is awarded annually to leaders in the community in recognition of their outstanding commitment to preserving the history, arts, and culture of Martha’s Vineyard,” according to a press release.

James and Deborah Athearn started Morning Glory Farm in 1975 on family land in Edgartown, MVM said. “With the younger generation involved, Morning Glory continues to provide quality fruits and vegetables, meaningful employment, and a memorable Island experience to the community.”

Australian-born Geraldine Brooks is an author and journalist who discovered the Island through a pen pal who summered in Menemsha. “The amount of research that Geraldine puts into all of her novels is astounding, and Caleb’s Crossing is no exception,” MVM said of her most recent book. “Readers are educated about the daily life of the Puritan settlers of Martha’s Vineyard and the strained relationships between the Wampanoags and Puritans. At the same time, she calls to life the Island’s beautiful scenery that we all know and love uniting Island history with the present.”

Tony Horwitz is a native of Washington, D.C., but vacationed on the Island throughout his childhood. He worked for many years as a reporter covering wars and conflicts as a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.

Four of his books have been national and New York Times bestsellers: “A Voyage Long and Strange,” “Blue Latitudes,” “Confederates in the Attic,” and “Baghdad Without A Map.”

Hugh Knipmeyer served on the Martha’s Vineyard Museum Board of Directors as President from 2001-2004, and Executive Vice President from 1995-2009. “He has remained a dedicated volunteer to the Museum by welcoming visitors in the 18th-Century Cooke House for many years.”

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