Tisbury Building Inspector Cleared on Museum Project
Heather Hamacek

The Tisbury building inspector has been cleared for work on the Martha’s Vineyard Museum project, following a written disclosure to the state ethics commission filed last week.

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Acquires Autograph Letter of John Hancock
Vineyard Gazette
An autograph letter from John Hancock to James Athearn, a prominent citizen of Tisbury in the period just preceding the American Revolution, has been acquired by the Dukes County Historical Society. Not only does the letter bear Hancock’s signature in the same clear style as that which adorns the Declaration of Independence, but it gives a picture of a business transaction in that early era.
 
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Customs Records Saved by Society
Vineyard Gazette
A quantity of customs house records, all that can be found of the invaluable files of the former Edgartown customs house, have been acquired by the Dukes County Historical Society, Marshall Shepard, the society’s president, announced at the quarterly meeting held at the West Tisbury library Wednesday afternoon. The documents, which Mr. Shepard described as a pile three or four feet high, are a remnant of eighteen large packing cases in which the papers of the customs house were packed and shipped to Boston when the office was discontinued in 1912.
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Wanted in Tisbury: Building Inspector for Museum Project
Heather Hamacek

The Tisbury building inspector has recused himself from the project to build a new campus for the Martha’s Vineyard Museum.

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Museum Honors Contributors and Curators of History
Chloe Reichel
Kate Hancock, Jim Richardson and Chris Scott were honored at the annual Martha’s Vineyard Museum Medal ceremony.
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Martha's Vineyard Medal Winners

Kate Hancock, Jim Richardson 3rd, and Chris Scott are this year’s recipients of the Martha’s Vineyard Medal.

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Museum Stays the Course With Fresnel Lens
Alex Elvin

The historic Fresnel lens that once sat atop the Gay Head Light will not be moved to Aquinnah.

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Museum Reimagines Its Edgartown Campus
Vivian Ewing

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum has begun plans to create a public garden on property it owns around the Thomas Cooke House.

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Students Discover History Through Island Immigrants
Vivian Ewing
Hiding from the Nazi regime, escaping across the Iron Curtain, fainting at Beatles concerts, these stories and many others were recorded by sixth graders at the West Tisbury School while interviewing Islanders who had immigrated to this country.
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Collection Is Enriched
Vineyard Gazette
To the already exceedingly valuable and interesting collection stored in the rooms of the Historical Society there have been added further treasures which are interestingly described below:
 
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