House Bears Name of Desire Osborn
Vineyard Gazette
The old house on Main street, Edgartown, which has been referred to as the Edson house, has received an official and appropriate christening. It is now the Desire Osborn House, called after James Coffin’s youngest child, Desire Allen Coffin, who married John Osborn in 1813, and for whom the house was moved to its present site from the neighborhood of Mill Hill.
 
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Preservation Trust Welcomes New Steward for Island Landmarks
Alex Elvin

When Funi Burdick arrived earlier this year to take over as director of Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust, she was struck by what she calls an unparalleled sense of community.

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Chris Scott Will Retire From Preservation Trust
Julia Wells

The Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust announced Friday that longtime executive director Christopher Scott will retire at the end of this year after 25 years on the job.

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Preservation Trust Writes Next Chapter for Old Carnegie Library
Sara Brown
The Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust will convert the old Carnegie library into a heritage center showcasing the trust’s 24 historic properties around the Island and the stories they tell.
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Preservation Trust to Take Over Edgartown Library Building
Steve Myrick

Edgartown selectmen Monday voted unanimously to transfer ownership of the town’s historic Carnegie Library building to the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust, which plans to transform the building into a visitor center and repository for historic books, papers and art.

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Preservation Trust Auction Honors Artist Ray Ellis
Jane Seagrave

The annual Taste of the Vineyard dinner and auction Saturday night turned into a tribute to artist Ray Ellis, who has raised more than $1 million for Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust over more than two decades.

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Preservation Trust Agrees to Purchase Historic Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs
Julia Wells

The Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust confirmed this week that it will buy Union Chapel, the storied Oak Bluffs chapel whose rich history forms a distinct chapter in the annals of the Vineyard as a summer resort.

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Preservation Trust Honors Aquinnah Cultural Center

The Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust on Wednesday celebrated the Aquinnah Cultural Center and its supporters with a prestigious award for their outstanding effort in restoring the Edwin Devries Vanderhoop Homestead, which sits atop the Gay Head Cliffs. It was no easy task, and it involved a partnership between a lot of organizations. The old house is now home to the cultural center.

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Preservation Trust Buys Historic Boathouse
Mark Alan Lovewell

The Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust announced this week that it will buy and preserve the Norton property on the Edgartown harbor that includes the Osborn building, the oldest structure on the Edgartown waterfront.

The trust will buy the Dock street property owned by the Norton family which includes two buildings and a dock adjacent to Memorial Wharf. The boathouse was built after the 1944 hurricane. The Osborn building is much older and dates to the 1830s.

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Bidding War for Ray Ellis Painting Brings Record $250,000 to Trust
Megan Dooley

Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust executive director Chris Scott stood in his usual spot onstage with auctioneer Trip Barnes Saturday night, as Mr. Barnes kicked off the Taste of the Vineyard gala auction. With only five items up for bid, it was a light year for the trust. Bidders generally have some two dozen items to choose from.

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