2021 Annual Meeting and MV Medal

2021 Martha's Vineyard Medal Recipients Dick Burt, Nancy Vietor, and Vickee Jordan-Adams accepting on behalf of her father, Vernon Jordan.

The Annual Meeting was held on on July 26, 2021 in person in Doherty Hall and virtually on Zoom.  The meeting reviewed the 2020 year. It also recognized the work of outgoing board members, elected new directors, and awarded the 2021 Martha’s Vineyard Medal. The Martha’s Vineyard Medal is awarded annually to leaders in the community to recognize their outstanding commitment to preserving the history, arts, and culture of Martha’s Vineyard.

2021 Martha's Vineyard Medal Winners

Richard L. Burt
Presented by James B. Richardson, III

Dick Burt is a life-long West Tisbury resident and archaeologist. Mr. Burt’s interest in the archeology of the Vineyard began when he was a young boy living on Arrowhead Farm at Indian Hill. In high school, Mr. Burt’s teacher, Gale Huntington, recognized his curiosity and encouraged him to begin collecting. He learned the skill of identifying and dating the Island’s artifacts through this process. Mr. Burt was so proficient at finding arrowhead sites that he played a role in William A. Ritchie’s exploration of the Island that resulted in his 1969 book, The Archeology of Martha’s Vineyard. He has worked on many collaborative research projects with fellow Islanders and archaeologists. Today Mr. Burt’s research focuses on historic archeology. He spends his time exploring the Island for settlements that date back to the 17th century.

Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. (posthumously)
Presented by Charlayne Hunter-Gault to Vickee Jordan-Adams

Vernon Jordan was a Civil Rights activist, lawyer, and a Chilmark seasonal resident. After graduating from DePauw University as the only Black student in his class, he went on to Howard University receiving his Juris Doctor. In 1961, he helped organize the integration of the University of Georgia. He served as the Georgia field secretary for the NAACP, director of the Voter Education Project for the Southern Regional Council, head of the United Negro College Fund, and as a delegate to President Lyndon Johnson’s White House Conference on Civil Rights. In 1971, Jordan was appointed president and CEO of the National Urban League. After a 1980 assassination attempt, he joined Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld serving as legal counsel. In addition to his national impact, he was also a notable presence on the Island every summer. In 2013, he presented the MV Medal to historian and friend Sheldon Hackney. In 2016, the MV Public Charter School named a new science wing for him.

Nancy Blair Vietor
Presented by Matthew Stackpole

Nancy Vietor is a longtime Edgartown resident and partner in Carnegie Blair Designs. A painter and avid gardener, she has worked on many projects, including leading the charge on fundraising for the Cooke House Legacy Garden. To date, she has raised over $750,000 to enable the Museum to re-imagine the house and gardens in Edgartown. In addition to her work with the Museum, Vietor was one of the founding members of Sail MV. She was their first high school racing teacher and later served on the board staying involved for over twenty years. Her commitment to Sail MV was fueled by her belief in the importance of teaching Island kids to sail. Her dedication to the Island continues even off-Island. When Mystic Seaport was redoing the Charles W. Morgan, Vietor advocated for naming the captain’s quarters after the Vineyard where eleven of its captains came from. She is a staunch advocate for Island history.

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