The Germanna Foundation is Keith's connection to the past, the present and the future.
In 1676, Isaac Newton wrote "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants." Keith believes Germanna helped him realize he too stands on the shoulders of giants. Twenty-eight years after Newton's statement, in 1714, the first Germanna colonists became Americans. For many decades to follow, the Germanna colonists and many other new Americans joined forces with Alexander Spotswood to settle what was then the western most frontier of the British Empire. Through the next three hundred years, these Germanna predecessors blazed a trail of accomplishments that include churches, families, farms, banks, factories, educational institutions and communities.
"Through my connection to Germanna, I am able to appreciate the past, to value the immense gifts provided by our ancestors and to gaze on the future," says Keith. "Our ancestors worked as a community of families. I believe this community provided intellectual and social skills that are the skeleton of my personal and professional life. I have many Germanna ancestors and many more ancestors from other communities. In almost all, I see stories that portray growth, cooperation, charity and vitality. I see principles and values that were quietly and compellingly portrayed from generation to generation."
Now it is Keith's pleasure to support this legacy. His legacy gift helps the Foundation preserve the ancestral home of the Germanna families. His gift also supports an endowment that will fund archaeological research.
"If you feel as I do, please join me. This is our opportunity to add to the gifts provided by our ancestors."