Martha’s Vineyard history comes alive next week when Tuesdays in the Newsroom presents the Gazette’s own librarian, Hilary Wallcox, for an informative session on what is hidden in 173 years of newspaper stories and how to find what you are looking for.

Entitled (Old) News You Can Use, the event begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Ms. Wallcox, a native Islander, returned to the Vineyard after receiving a master’s degree in library science from Simmons College. Since joining the Gazette in 2013, she has overseen the digitization and selective online publishing of the newspaper’s extensive archives.

The Gazette’s library is open to scholars, schoolchildren and the general public for assisted research into Island history. The newspaper is available on microfilm dating to its founding in 1846, and the newspaper’s “morgue” contains decades’ worth of clippings, filed by subject matter.

Ms. Wallcox will discuss what information is available, the types of researchers who are looking and provide examples of a few surprise discoveries they have made. Residents interested in the backgrounds of their homes and families doing genealogical research are among those who take advantage of the library’s services.

She will also describe the Gazette’s efforts to identify, preserve and provide public access to historical collections through its online portal, the Time Machine, and through the Historic Movies of Martha’s Vineyard Project.

Tuesdays in the Newsroom is a monthly discussion series produced by the Gazette and held in the off season for people who want more engagement with the news. The event is free to subscribers and Friends of the Gazette; non-subscribers pay $10. Space is limited, so advance registration is required at

Doors open at 5:15 p.m. for a brief reception, followed by the program.