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Museum Pieces: Link to the past and the future

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“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.” —Sue Monk Kidd Our curatorial team worked with Dr. Timothy Walker on the...

This Was Then: Dr. Leach’s Marine Hospital and Poor Farm

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In late 1857, a new doctor arrived on the Island. His name was Dr. Leach, and he would set the course of hospital care on the Island for the next 20 years. Dr. William Leach...

Museum Pieces: Knowing our way through history

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“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” –Henry David Thoreau I was walking along the beach in...

Museum Pieces: Connecting with the past

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“... because you can’t take it all in at once.”  –Audrey Hepburn The past matters to all of us, no matter our previously held feelings about museums, or how we engage with them. The M.V....

Ferry Tales

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If you think regularly getting to and from our beloved Vineyard now by ferry can sometimes be challenging, imagine relying on the very first ones, in the 1700s. Powered only by the wind in...

Museum Pieces: The Cooke House renaissance

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We wake up each morning, some of us with a plan, others of us wondering what to do. It can be said that the more we know who we are, the easier it is...

Museum Pieces: Island music

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“I enjoy music wherever it’s coming from.” –Taj Mahal Music is the pulse of a community. It helps set memories, spark ideas, and save stories. Martha’s Vineyard Museum values local music and musicians for the...

Museum Pieces: Voices

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“Their lost voices must continue to be heard.” –John Boyne, “Boy in the Striped Pajamas” Martha’s Vineyard Museum is the protector of hundreds of our Island’s lost voices through the work of longtime oral history...

‘Voices of Land and Sea’ with Linsey Lee

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If you love the Island and like a good story, you are in for a treat on Tuesday, May 14, at 5:30 pm, when Linsey Lee, oral history curator at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum,...

Museum Pieces: Celebrating choices

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“Life is the sum of your choices.” —Albert Camus Choices. There are too many sometimes, right? Some of us are better than others at making them. Those of us who are lucky enough to have...

Museum Pieces: Feel free to explore

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“Would you like your adventure now, or should we have our tea first?” —J.M.Barrie J.M. Barrie was a Scottish novelist and playwright, best remembered as the creator of Peter Pan. He was someone who stirred...

Museum Pieces: Focus on environment

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“The photographs I take on Martha’s Vineyard are taken because I feel something special. Nowhere in the world is there a place more beautiful than this.” —Alfred Eisenstaedt The noted Life Magazine photographer made that...

This Was Then: A slain Island hero

Joseph Hamel was quahogging in the Acushnet River with his friend George about 9 o’clock in the morning on June 9, 1891, when he spotted a slender young Irish-American man in light-striped pantaloons standing...

Museum Pieces: What’s in your garden?

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“To have a devoted neighbor rob her own garden to give you plants that shriek at your own plants and devastate your scheme of decoration, is about as unhappy a garden situation as can...

Percy Cowen and his ‘dearest Jane’

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The Martha’s Vineyard Museum’s exhibit “Percy E. Cowen: My Own Dearest Jane” takes us back to an era before texting, apps, and websites fed us the news from the world and loved ones 24...

Museum Pieces: April is Earth Month

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“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” —Author Robert Swan A statement like that can feel intense, accusatory, and anxiety inducing. We all do so much already,...

This Was Then: Frog Alley Hospital

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On July 19, 1855, Ferdinand Weinreicke, a 19-year-old Newburyport resident and Prussian native, was working as a crewman aboard the schooner Chas. H. Rogers. The vessel was headed to Newburyport from Philadelphia with a...

Museum Pieces: Envelope to eclipse

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“A performance is a conversation between you and an audience.” —Livingston Taylor I feel that concept can be applied to a museum. What I see happening in the M.V. Museum every day is synergy between...

The origins of West Tisbury’s New Lane

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New Lane in West Tisbury exists because of a clothesline. In the early days, the Tiah’s Cove Road originated at the two granite posts that still mark the entrance to Cleaveland House, and ran in...

Museum Pieces: Stay the course

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“I think you have to take everything that looks like a blow and turn it into a triumph. This is where my energy comes from: I just won't be licked.” —Beverly Sills When we try...