The Time Machine, the Vineyard Gazette’s online showcase of Martha’s Vineyard history, was honored this week with the Digital Innovation Award from the New England Society of News Editors.

The award was presented April 19 at a ceremony held at The Boston Globe to recognize the best editorial work in New England. It is the second honor for the Time Machine this year. In February, the Time Machine received The Innovator Award from the New England Newspaper Publishers Association.

Hilary Wall, the Gazette’s librarian, accepted the award on behalf of the Gazette.

Viewable on the Gazette’s website at, the Time Machine offers a window into the newspaper’s vast archive of news stories and photographs, dating from the founding of the Gazette in 1846.

Collections of articles and images on popular topics, such as ferries, storms and hurricanes, African American history and presidential visits, are presented chronologically in an easy-to-navigate slideshow format. The Time Machine also includes special collections sponsored by Vineyard businesses and organizations that have been operating continuously on the Island for 50 years or more and historic films of the Island, courtesy of the Historic Movies of Martha’s Vineyard project.

New collections are added every few months. The Gazette welcomes suggestions from readers of historical collections they would like to see featured.

The Time Machine was created by staff of the Gazette and Martha’s Vineyard Magazine and uses open source software developed by the Knight Lab at Northwestern University.