The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named historian Barbara Naef as the recipient of the 2021 Mayo Stuntz Cultural Stewardship Award for her many roles in preserving county history.
After a long career with the Park Authority in Historic Preservation, Historic Properties Rental Service, Archaeology, and Historic Collections, Naef continues to serve the Park Authority and the history community in Fairfax County as a volunteer and in supporting roles on the History Commission and Friends of Fairfax County Archaeology and Cultural Resources (FOFA). She volunteered with the Park Authority’s Historic Collections for many years after her retirement, was a vital member of the team for the most recent American Alliance of Museums reaccreditation, was a founding member of FOFA, and has served on the History Commission for nearly 20 years representing archaeology.
In addition, Naef serves as the co-chair of the African American History Initiative for the History Commission, and she continues to serve and advocate for archaeology in numerous settings. Nearly every previous and existing historical program that exists in Fairfax County has benefitted from her input. Naef is the consummate professional and is described as “Park Authority through and through.” Nearly 20 years after her retirement, she still uses the pronoun "we" when advocating for the Park Authority and its programs.
The Park Board established the Mayo Stuntz Cultural Stewardship Award in 2013 in honor of historian, volunteer and acclaimed author Mayo S. Stuntz, one of the original members of the Fairfax County History Commission. The award recognizes significant contributions made by individuals, organizations or businesses in promoting the preservation/stewardship of cultural resources in Fairfax County.
Naef will be honored at a virtual Park Authority awards ceremony in November.
For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or at email@example.com.