Going Deep With Saltwater Hero
Mark Alan Lovewell
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.
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Discover the Island, One Step at a Time
Remy Tumin
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.
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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.
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Hellman Biography Traces Playwright's Jewish Roots
Phyllis Meras
A fifth biography of the late Lillian Hellman explores the Jewish roots of the playwright, author and longtime seasonal Vineyard Haven resident.
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Sailing Into Reading, the Classic Way
Virginia Crowell Jones
By annual tradition, contributor Ginny Jones offers her picks, some new some old, for maritime reading enthusiasts. This year's theme is whaling.
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Closing the Door During the Holocaust
Phyllis Meras
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.
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Diary of Two Sisters Provides Portal to 19th Century Martha's Vineyard
Tom Dunlop
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.
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New Book Charts Course to Hawaiian History Via Canoe
Olivia Hull
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.

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Uncovering the Untold Stories of History
Jane Loutzenheiser
Did you know that America’s deadliest maritime disaster was not the Titanic? Or that an African-American woman refused to give up her seat on a bus 11 years before Rosa Parks did the same?
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Memoir Honors Beacon Keepers, Bygone Way of Life
Mark Alan Lovewell
The Vineyard community will always have a strong love affair with its four lighthouses. Nearly all of the local ones are still standing, though some have been moved. All but one of the lighthouse keeper houses, though, are no longer with us. Automation ended the era of climbing the stairs to the top of the tower each afternoon to light the beacon.
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