BARRYVILLE, NY— Furthering its mission of supporting the history and historic landmarks of the Upper Delaware River valley and others who do, The Delaware Company has presented its annual awards for 2017.
Each year, the non-profit education group honors those who have helped promote and preserve local history with its President’s Award and James W. Burbank Memorial Award.
The President’s Award, chosen by the group’s president, is intended to recognize a long term commitment to local history, and the Burbank award, voted on by The Delaware Company Board of Directors, honors an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to local history in the past year, “in the true spirit of the former County Historian and founder of Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History for whom the award is named.”
During its holiday board meeting held at Matthew’s on Main restaurant in Callicoon, Delaware Company president John Conway presented the 2017 President’s Award to the 143rd NYS Volunteer Infantry Reenactors, represented by Dennis and Kathy Bernitt of Hankins, NY, who were among the group’s founding members in 1985, and their grandsons, Brett and Corey Dirie, current members.
The group takes its name from the Civil War regiment raised in Sullivan County in the summer of 1862 and is dedicated to honoring the memory and sacrifices of the men who served during the Civil War.
The James W. Burbank Memorial Award was presented to 15-year old Leo and 11-year old Elektra Kehagias, brother and sister colonial reenactors from a very early age who this year formed Lock, Stock & Barrel to perform songs and music from the American Revolution at historic commemorations, fundraisers, parties, and other events.
For many years, the youngsters, who are from Damascus, PA, have volunteered at Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History in Narrowsburg, NY and have been an integral part of the annual Battle of Minisink commemoration at the Minisink Battleground.
(The talented duo performs in period correct attire on the violin, mandolin, guitar and banjo and can be booked by calling their mother, Teresa at 917-445-5274.)
The Delaware Company was founded in 2012, and is named for the group of Connecticut farmers who established the first permanent European settlement in the Upper Delaware.
Plans are currently being finalized for a slate of activities in 2018, including Sullivan County History classes in the spring, the annual Magical History Tour of historic landmarks in June, and the 2018 commemoration of the Battle of Minisink, scheduled for July 21.
The Delaware Company is a New York not-for-profit corporation as defined under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Tax deductible donations are welcome, and can be mailed to The Delaware Company, P.O. Box 88, Barryville, NY 12719.