Tuesday, September 6, 105 members of the Williamsburg Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, met at the Colonial Heritage Country Club for their monthly meeting and luncheon. One of the highlights of the program was the presentation of the 2016 Community Service Award to Williamsburg resident, Joseph Burkart, president of the Tidewater Virginia Historical Society (TVHS).
Successor to the 125 year old Colonial Capitol Branch of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA) TVHS was formed to promote and advocate for the Tidewater region's unique history. A group of long-time volunteers of the APVA under the leadership of the current president, Joseph Burkart, took matters into their own hands when the APVA was disbanded. To lose a group with such a solid footing in the Tidewater region's historic scenario, would be a loss to future generations. It was one man in particular that drove the Society into its current structure with goals, mission and partnerships with other historic sites. Keeping the historic value of the area in the forefront, TVHS has expanded into new realms to showcase history primarily due to the efforts of Mr. Joseph Burkart.
Regent, Virginia Snyder Lee, presented the award to Mr. Burkart: "On behalf of the 298 members of the Williamsburg Chapter, we are honored to bestow this prestigious Community Service Award to you for your dedication to our community and for preserving history. We hope you will wear the lapel pin with as much pride as we have in giving it to you. Congratulations."
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