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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Island Library Trustees Meet
Vineyard Gazette
Representatives of the Vineyard Libraries met at the Oak Bluffs Library on April 21st for the purpose of forming a collection of Vineyard literature for use by the County’s Public Libraries. The Committee organized as follows: President, Mr. Marshall Shepard; Editor, Dr. Charles E. Banks; Treasurer, Mr. Walter Ripley; Secretary, Mrs. Johnson Whiting.
 
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Wills Property to Historical Society
Vineyard Gazette
Bequest to the Dukes County Historical Society by Miss Ethelinda Mayhew of the historic Squire Cooke house which was her home in Edgartown, became known this week with the filing of Miss Mayhew’s will at the registry of probate. Miss Mayhew’s interest in the house was subject to the will of her brother, the late Horace Mayhew, and there are two other heirs in addition to the historical society, Mrs. Gertrude Kimrod of South Tacoma, Washington, and another niece of Miss Mayhew whose whereabouts are not known.
 
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Dukes County Historical Society
Vineyard Gazette
The first meeting of the Dukes County Historical Society, for purpose of organization, was held at the Public Library, Oak Bluffs, on Monday afternoon, Oct. 23rd, Mr. Marshall Shepard presiding. The meeting adopted by-laws and elected the following officers for the ensuing year: President, Marshal Shepard; 1st Vice President, William J. Rotch; 2nd Vice President, Ulysses E. Mayhew; Secretary and Treasurer, Francis A. Foster.
 
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Museum Nears $20 Million Milestone in Capital Campaign
Chloe Reichel

The end of an ambitious fundraising campaign inched a little closer this week for the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, which has raised nearly $20 million in a $28 million capital campaign.

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