‘Award for Special Recognition’ given to Nelson McDaniel during annual conference
Whether he is meeting with state leaders to promote the historical value of Tryon Palace, soliciting donors, volunteering his time for lectures and events, or shoveling snow to clear the path for a fundraising event, Nelson McDaniel is dedicated to the success of Tryon Palace, North Carolina’s first permanent capitol. For his dedication to Tryon Palace and other area organizations, McDaniel was named a recipient of one of the 2015 North Carolina Museums Council (NCMC) Awards for Special Recognition during a special banquet held March 30.
The NCMC’s awards of special recognition are given annually to individuals who support the museum community by working for an organization indirectly or as a volunteer. According to Matt Edwards, the North Carolina Museums Council’s Awards Chair, “Mr. McDaniel really exemplifies the type of commitment to North Carolina’s museum community this award was designed to honor.”
McDaniel currently serves as the president of the Tryon Palace Foundation, a nonprofit group devoted to the prosperity, cultural enrichment, and historical significance of Tryon Palace. In 2014, Nelson provided 236 volunteer hours to Tryon Palace.
Also serving as president of the New Bern Historical Society, McDaniel most recently devoted his time to helping open a Civil War exhibit at the New Bern Academy Museum, “Face to Face: Civil War Sketches and Stories.” Working with Tryon Palace, the New Bern Historical Society, the reenactors of the United States Colored Troops, and the community, he brought unity and understanding to the educational programming during the exhibit opening.
In 2014, the Craven Community College Foundation honored McDaniel with the Community Fabric Award for Excellence in Individual Leadership for his work as the president of both the Tryon Palace Foundation and the New Bern Historical Society, and his continued role in the community as a historical tour guide, philanthropist and volunteer.
Prior to returning to his hometown of New Bern in 1996, McDaniel was a teacher at the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va. In 2011, he was the recipient of the Global Teacher Award from The Center for International Understanding at the University of North Carolina. Much of McDaniel’s charitable work is focused on mentoring area youth.