Whaling Church Faulted for Poor Accessibility
Sara Brown
The Edgartown selectmen were asked this week to take a look at accessibility issues for town meetings, which are held at the Old Whaling Church.
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Preservation Society Gains Historic Whaling Church
Hollis L. Engley
The trustees of Edgartown’s stately, pillared Methodist Church have voted to transfer ownership of the building to the Martha’s Vineyard Historical Preservation Society. The gift of the 137-year-old church of whaling days ends years of struggle by the small congregation to keep the building, and opens the way to the creation of the largest year-round auditorium on the Island.
 
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A Semi-Centennial
Vineyard Gazette
Three days of perfect October sunshine marked the observance of the fiftieth birthday of the noble church building which for half a century has been the pride of Edgartonians, regardless of denomination.
 
Located upon the main street, directly on the line of travel from the railroad station to the various hotels, for years it has attracted the admiration and wonder of the passing stranger - admiration for its beauty, yet simplicity, of architecture, and wonder at finding a church edifice of such grand proportions in a small seaport town.
 
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Christmas Festival and Organ Concert
Vineyard Gazette
The Methodist Church and Society of this place have decided to hold in their church, on Christmas Eve, Thursday the 24th inst., a grand Christmas Festival. Two or more noble Trees will be placed in the church on which Christmas presents will be hung, and from which they will be given out by a Committee appointed. The Committee request that all presents be brought in to them in the vestry of the Church on the forenoon of that day, or at farthest as early as two o’clock P.M. The Church will be decorated somewhat with Evergreens.
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Methodists have Purchased an Organ
Vineyard Gazette
The Methodists have purchased an organ for their church, and hope to have it placed therein by Christmas. It is said to be a fine-toned instrument.
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When Island Time Comes Ringing Sometimes It's a Little Slow
Bill Eville
After losing power during tropical storm Hermine, the Old Whaling Church bells were an hour behind. A vacationing couple was on the case.
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Old Whaling Church Has New Top
Sara Brown

A small crowd gathered on Edgartown’s Main street Monday morning as a giant crane prepared to put the top back on the Old Whaling Church.

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From Golden Pineapples to Clock Faces, Old Whaling Church Gets Facelift
Sara Brown

A tower of scaffolding is going up this week outside the Old Whaling Church as work begins to restore the clock tower of the 172-year-old landmark on Edgartown’s Main street. The project is expected to be completed in late November.

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Church Mural Restoration Continues
Remy Tumin
Carefully stripping away small sections of paint at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown, the muralist Margot Datz was looking for guidance for her next design.
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Restored Mural Reveals Form And Function at Whaling Church
Bill Eville
When artist Margot Datz begins a new project she finds it hard to stop. “Until someone rips me off the wall I’m there,” she said on Wednesday morning at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown. Although no one is coming to rip Ms. Datz off the wall, her brother Stephen Datz is on hand to “help her out the door,” he said. Good thing, too, as this weekend there will be a wedding held at the church. Scaffolding and bridal gowns do not really mix. But magnificently-restored murals serving as a backdrop for wedded bliss definitely do.
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