Rare Maps the Prize for Indebted Thief

In recent times, antiquarian maps have become a treasure coveted by collectors, libraries, museums. And thieves.

Rooting for Bad Guys in Bandstand

In Bandstand, his exciting new caper novel, Jib Ellis dances nimbly through a millennium of Viking, Knights Templar and pirate buried treasure lore to weave a gold-threaded contemporary tapestry of beguiling wit and vision.

Going Deep With Saltwater Hero

Swordfish used to swim close to the Squibnocket shore, but 30 years ago they began disappearing. Local fishermen had to go farther and farther east, to the edge of Georges Bank to find them.

Discover the Island, One Step at a Time

There are beetlebung trees and pinkletinks to identify, a heath hen sculpture to find and constantly changing landscapes to behold at either end of the Island. The Vineyard is a place of natural discovery and a new field guide hopes to capture just that.

A Vineyard Life Not Often Revealed

Kevin Parham’s new book, The Vineyard We Knew, certainly dispels the long-held stereotype that all of we African Americans who inhabit Martha’s Vineyard are rich, famous or both.

Hellman Biography Traces Playwright's Jewish Roots

A fifth biography of the late Lillian Hellman explores the Jewish roots of the playwright, author and longtime seasonal Vineyard Haven resident.

Sailing Into Reading, the Classic Way

By annual tradition, contributor Ginny Jones offers her picks, some new some old, for maritime reading enthusiasts. This year's theme is whaling.

Closing the Door During the Holocaust

Oak Bluffs seasonal resident Neil Rolde for 16 years was a representative in the Maine state legislature and the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from that state in 1990. He has long been concerned with what it means to be in governmental office.

Diary of Two Sisters Provides Portal to 19th Century Martha's Vineyard

If we want written accounts of Island life before the Gazette began to publish in 1846, we must usually rely on letters, town records, deeds, wills and diaries, many kept at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, some at the newspaper office, others at the county courthouse.

New Book Charts Course to Hawaiian History Via Canoe

Sam Low craves at least two things in life — the strong embrace of an ocean and the presence of a true ohana. He’s found both in two somewhat dissimilar places — Martha’s Vineyard and Hawaii.

Ohana is a Hawaiian word that means extended family. Mr. Low’s father grew up in Hawaii but moved to New England at the age of 17. On the East Coast, he sought a lifestyle similar to his Hawaiian upbringing and found it on Martha’s Vineyard, where “everybody let their hair down and everybody was fishing and clamming,” Mr. Low explained.