Flying Horses Are Rooted in the Past, Galloping into the Future
Heather Hamacek
The carousel opens for its 142nd consecutive season on Saturday, April 15, when the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust will unveil panels newly refurbished by artist Margot Datz.
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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 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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Catboat Donation Adds Sea Presence To Preservation Trust
Mark Alan Lovewell

A historic catboat named Edwina B. is the most recent acquisition of the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust. The 22-foot wooden boat, built by Manuel Swartz Roberts in Edgartown in 1931, is possibly the last of three catboats he built still in the water.

The nearly 80-year-old boat has had a circuitous life with different names and different ports of call. She has been part of the Edgartown waterfront for at least the past 20 years. The former owners see the boat’s journey bringing her to Edgartown to stay.

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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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Restoration of Union Chapel: Halfway Back to Former Glory
Remy Tumin

The new pews are still empty, and the fresh pine they are built from won’t begin to creak until parishioners arrive later this month, adding their imprint to the long history of the Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs.

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