Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes


Museum will honor three

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum holds its annual meeting Monday highlighted by the 2013 Martha’s Vineyard Medal award ceremony. This year’s recipients are Sheldon Hackney, Olga Hirshhorn, and the Murphy Family.

The museum introduced the Martha’s Vineyard Medal in 2009. It is awarded annually to leaders in the community in recognition of their outstanding commitment to preserving the history, arts, and culture of Martha’s Vineyard, according to a press release.

Sheldon Hackney is Chairman Emeritus of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum and is a respected historian, education administrator, and humanist.

Olga Hirshhorn is among the most recognized art supporters on the Island. Her experience with building collections began with her late husband, Dr. Joe Hirshhorn, who was the founding patron of The Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. In 2001, Olga created the popular Chicken Alley Art Show, now held annually, to benefit Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.

A third award will be presented to two generations of the Murphy family, specifically Chris and Barbara of Chilmark and Chris’s late parents, Stan and Polly, who have intimately involved with the museum.

The museum’s annual meeting precedes the Martha’s Vineyard Medal ceremony. It will begin at 5 pm, Monday, August 12, at the Federated Church, 45 South Summer Street, Edgartown. A reception will follow on the museum lawn, around the corner from the church. The event is open to all museum members and the general public.

BU study seeks Dukes County women

Boston University researchers are conducting one of the first online couples’ fertility studies in the U.S. The goal of PREgnancy STudy Online (PRESTO) is to follow women who are trying to get pregnant, and their male partners, over a one-year period, or until they get pregnant, said Lexi Kriss, study co-ordinator. “We’re looking at their diet, exercise, caffeine consumption, etc. to better understand what makes for a successful pregnancy.”

The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Researchers hope to have every county in Massachusetts represented, including Dukes County.

For more information go to ( or call 617-734-6006.

Edgartown Library partners with Mass Audubon

As a way to provide individuals and families in its service area with access to inexpensive, fun and educational outdoor activities, the Edgartown Free Public Library is participating in Mass Audubon’s Library Partners program, the library announced.

Library patrons can use the Edgartown Free Public Library’s pass to visit Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries at the discounted rate of just $2 per person for up to four people per pass, according to a press release.

For more information call 800-283-8266 or visit