Monday, July 22, 2024

History & Culture

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...

Museum Pieces: After hours at the museum

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“Make play a high priority in your life, for if you die tomorrow, no one can play for you, but someone can and will do your work for you.” —Dr. Play (Ken Beebe) There is...

‘C.F. Giordano: Clearly Misunderstood’

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When is a motorcycle more than a motorcycle? Certainly, when Charlie Giordano builds one, as you will see in his show “C.F. Giordano: Clearly Misunderstood,” at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. You might ask why a...

History hunting

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The Martha’s Vineyard Museum, our treasure up on the hill in Vineyard Haven, offers plenty to see and do during the spring season. You can join one of the 2 pm Friday or Sunday gallery...

Museum Pieces: Try something new

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“It’s a natural law, you receive as much as you give.” —Paul Karasik What if we wake up each day and choose kindness? Actively look for opportunities to smile and pass on friendly words to...

Museum Pieces: Life outside our experience

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“We can’t change what happened in the past, but we can learn the truth of what did happen without fear or defensiveness.” —Linda Coombs Martha’s Vineyard Museum is a vital community organization continuously collecting information...

Museum Pieces: Far-reaching exhibits

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“I was put on earth to make people laugh.” —Art Buchwald Why are we here? Who are we? Defining anything is incredibly hard. Think about how you would describe yourself or want to be described,...

Museum Pieces: Building community

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“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.” —P.T. Barnum We are different for a reason. Humans have such a complicated relationship with standing out, whether it be a physical characteristic, idea,...

Museum Pieces: Gathering place

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“To know how much there is to know is the beginning of learning to live.”  –Dorothy West Take another second to read that quote again, and let the words sink in. This is a thrilling...

Embracing the American dream

Every community has its stories tucked away and almost forgotten, but as long as someone remembers, the story is not lost. There are many people whose lives of everyday heroism and refusal to give...

Museum Pieces: You’re part of the story

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“Change often takes time. It rarely happens all at once.” —U.S. Rep. John Lewis  The world is always changing, which requires us to change with it. That doesn’t mean we have to go along to...

This Was Then: The Jetties

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Until a major storm reconstructed our coastline around 1725, Cape Poge and the whole northern tip of Chappaquiddick — the landmasses we sometimes refer to as Great Neck and Little Neck — were a distinctly...

Museum Pieces: Clifford the Big Red Dog exhibit opens

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“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” Decades after he wrote them, these words of poet e.e. cummings ring true. Seeds are planted in our childhood that set us on...