The Martha’s Vineyard Museum honored four people earlier this summer with its annual museum medal, which was first awarded in 2009.

The recognition goes to leaders in the community who work to preserve the character and history of the Island.

This year’s recipients were Gus Ben David, Kib and Tess Bramhall, and Juli Vanderhoop, the organization said in a press release.

Juli Vanderhoop and Gus Ben David — Courtesy MV Museum

Gus Ben David was the director of Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary for over 30 years and continues to be one of the most important naturalists on the Island. He was instrumental in building up the Island’s osprey population and has enthralled generations of children at World of Reptiles and Birds, his backyard wonderland on the outskirts of Edgartown.

Kib and Tess Bramhall have lived on the Vineyard for over 60 years, and as a couple have led numerous conservation efforts on the Vineyard, the press release said. Kib Bramhall is an avid outdoorsman and his paintings reflect this life. Tess Bramhall was president of the Vineyard Conservation Society and a founding member of the Martha’s Vineyard Conservation Partnership and created the Land Fund, which helps provide funding for various conservation efforts.

Juli Vanderhoop was born and raised in Aquinnah, is a member of the Aquinnah select board, an EMT, and is the owner of Orange Peel Bakery, which among other events hosts popular community pizza nights.

The ceremony took place at the museum on July 25, at the organization’s annual meeting.