Editors, Vineyard Gazette:
The following letter was sent to the board of directors at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum.
Congratulations on your selection of Hugh Knipmeyer as a recipient of the Martha’s Vineyard Medal. No one deserves the honor more than Hugh for his unselfish, tireless and extraordinary dedication to the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, formerly Dukes County Historical Society, and the Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society.
Hugh first arrived as a Sunday volunteer and recognized the valuable heritage and incredible collections at a time when the institution was almost dead and broke. It was his insight, foresight and vision, plus hours and hours of hard work that breathed life into what is now the Martha’s Vineyard Museum.
Hugh always saw the potential and maintained his vision as he was the guiding light through rough waters, surviving rogue waves. He fought unexpected battles with quiet dignity and quality thought.
The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is most fortunate to have had Hugh Knipmeyer step through its doors. And I was fortunate to have had the honor of working with him sharing the good and bad for a better day.
Judith Hoglund Bruguiere, New London, N.H.