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May 6, 2007

Press Release:

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Recipients of the Virginia Museum of Natural History Foundation's Jefferson Awards reflect the diverse talents that have made the museum a center of history, research and culture.

The awards, given at the 20th annual ceremony Wednesday, honored individuals and corporations for outstanding contributions to natural science and natural science education.

Recipients were Dr. William M. Kelso, an archaeologist whose excavations in Williamsburg revealed it was the site of James Fort; Dr. Jeffrey Kirwan of Virginia Tech; Hooker Furniture Corp., a long-time supporter of the museum and other community efforts; Debbie J. Lewis, president of the VMNH Foundation and a tireless volunteer for the museum; Charity League of Martinsville & Henry County, which has long supported programs for underprivileged children and to improve education in the area; and Gael Marshall Chaney, who has volunteered at the museum since it opened in 1984.

Each of these recipients has excelled in efforts that have had profound impacts on the museum, whether it was new discoveries in natural history, contributing or raising funds, volunteering their time or helping educate the public on the importance of natural history to mankind. In doing so, they have contributed to the creation of the state-of-the-art museum on Starling Avenue and have enriched us all.

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