The Time Machine, created in 2016, is the first public showcase of a multi-year effort to digitize the Vineyard Gazette’s extensive archive of Vineyard history, which dates to 1846, the year the Gazette was founded. The collections shown here represent some of the Gazette's most popular historical content. Each collection will be expanded, and new collections will be added over time. We welcome suggestions from the public for collections they would like to see featured.

Featured Collection:

African American History

The new chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has close ties to Martha’s Vineyard.
African American History
Holly Pretsky
Four hundred years ago, in 1619, the first people enslaved by white Europeans arrived in America.
African American Heritage Trail
African American History
Grace Episcopal Church
Holly Pretsky
A new plaque outside the Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven includes a straightforward question from the baptismal covenant of the Book of Common Prayer: “Will you strive for justice and peac
Tuesdays in the Newsroom
African American History
Sara Brown
Olive Tomlinson remembered birthday parties in Dorothy West’s backyard and performances at Shearer Theatre.
African American History
Louisa Hufstader
A groundbreaking project to record the oral histories of 5,000 African Americans has returned to the Vineyard for the second time in its 17-year history, with more than three dozen videotaped inter
Shearer Cottage
African American History
Alex Elvin
In the 1940s, acting was mostly a white profession, with limited and often stereotyped roles for African Americans.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
African American History
Oak Bluffs history
Steve Myrick
WASHINGTON, D.C. — When visiting the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture, be prepared for the emotion.
Vineyard Gazette
Tom Dunlop
 The Vineyard Gazette marks another milestone on Saturday: 170 years in continuous publication.
Vineyard Gazette
Remy Tumin
Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas and Cy Young made headlines 150 years ago, and last week those headlines were uncovered when the shingles came off the front of the Littlefield house in West Tisbur