Museum to honor three medal recipients


The Martha’s Vineyard Museum plans to honor three recipients at its 99thh annual meeting this year with the Martha’s Vineyard Medal. This year’s recipients are Richard (“Dick”) Burt, Vernon Jordan (posthumously), and Nancy Vietor. 

Since 1923, the museum has been the “safety deposit box” for the images, stories, objects, and voices of the Vineyard, according to a press release. As the premier institutional storyteller of the Island, the museum introduced the Martha’s Vineyard Medal in 2009. The medal is awarded annually to leaders in the community in recognition of their outstanding commitment to preserving the history, arts, and culture of the Island. 

Burt is a lifelong West Tisbury resident and archaeologist. Burt’s research focuses on historic archeology. He spends his time exploring the Island for settlements that date back to the 17th century. Jim Richardson will present Dick with his award.

Jordan was a civil rights activist, lawyer, and a Chilmark seasonal resident. In 2016, the M.V. Public Charter School named a new science wing for Jordan. Family and friends frequently cite the positive impact he had on everyone on the Vineyard he knew. Charlayne Hunter-Gault will present Vernon’s award to his daughter, Vickee Jordan Adams.

Vietor is a longtime Edgartown resident and partner in Carnegie Blair Designs. She is a staunch advocate for Island history. Matthew Stackpole will present Nancy with her award.

In addition to the medal ceremony, the museum will review the highlights of 2020 and elect new directors as part of the annual meeting. There are no proposed bylaw changes this year. 

The museum’s annual meeting and medal ceremony will take place on Monday, July 26, at 5 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, 151 Lagoon Pond Road, Vineyard Haven. A reception will follow the ceremony on site. The event is free and open to all; however, people who wish to attend are asked to RSVP here: