Keepers of the Culture volunteers honored

Posted November 13, 2012 7:58 pm | Filed under Local News

Manning Kimmel |
The York County Cultural and Heritage Museums honored three volunteers Tuesday night with the 14th Annual Keepers of the Culture Award. Tuesday’s recipients join just under 40 other recipients honored by the museums since 1999. One of the recipients, Allan Miller, the award is means a great deal to him and the preservation of York County’s history.

Miller was recognized for his service for 40 years of service serving as an auctioneer and emcee at hundreds of charity events and activities across York County and his work with on the board of directors of the Cultural and Heritage Museums, Come See Me, and Christmasville.

Miller says service is in his blood — and he’s made a few friends along the way.

Miller is the Manging Partner of WRHI’s parent company, OTS Media. Miller was honored along with longtime educator Pat Veasey with 35 years of service to York County. Veaesy also spent more than a decade heading up the Education and Programs Department at Historic Brattonsville. Veasey says education is in her blood.

Veasey says that history needs to remain at the forefront of education in today’s schools.

Retired Winthrop professor Joe Zdeneck was the third volunteer honored for his service Tuesday. Zdeneck, who taught Classical languages at Winthrop, says the award is a great honor.

Since his retirement from Winthrop in the 1990s, Zdeneck has reinvested his time into several service organizations in York County, including the Sierra Club and the Museum of York County.

Zdeneck, a watercolor artist, says ‘keeping the culture’ can mean different things to different people.

Tuesday’s entertainment was Nashville songwriter and instrumentalist Darrell Scott.

Scott’s appearance was a part of this year’s Keepers of the Culture awards focus honoring individuals who possess a deep commitment to preserving, communicating and connecting cultural, natural and historical heritage in the community.

Also honored Tuesday were Joe Zdeneck for his volunteer work promoting literacy in York County, and WRHI Managing Partner Allan Miller for his service on dozens of boards across and his time emceeing and hosting auctions for non-profits across York County.