David McCullough, Arthur R. Railton and Tobias Jonathan Vanderhoop will be awarded the Martha’s Vineyard Medal in a ceremony at the annual meeting of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum on Monday, August 9, at 5 p.m. at the Federated Church on South Summer street in Edgartown.
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.
Author David McCullough is a resident of West Tisbury. He has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, as well as the National Book Award, for The Path between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. He has also been honored with the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His other widely praised books are 1776, Brave Companions, The Great Bridge, and The Johnstown Flood.
Arthur R. Railton spent his first summer on Martha’s Vineyard as a young boy in 1923 and returned many summers after that. He studied journalism at Boston University and the University of Iowa before serving five years in the Army during World War II. After retiring to the Island in 1977, he became the editor of the Dukes County Intelligencer, the quarterly journal of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. He held this position from 1978-2006, editing and writing more than 5,000 pages of Vineyard history. He is well known for being the author of The History of Martha’s Vineyard.
Tobias Jonathan Vanderhoop is the tribal administrator of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah). Born in Boston on July 15, 1974, Mr. Vanderhoop came to the Island Noepe, the Vineyard’s Native American name, every summer, absorbing his community’s culture, its history and its passions. This past June, he graduated from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government with a master’s degree in public administration — the first Aquinnah Wampanoag to earn a degree from Harvard since Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck in 1665. Mr. Vanderhoop also serves as the vice president of the Aquinnah Cultural Council, where he has been instrumental in the revitalization of the Edwin Devries Vanderhoop Homestead.
Following the annual meeting and medal ceremony there will be a reception in the museum, just around the corner from the church. The events are open to all museum members and the general public.