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The Museum shop offers books for adults and children. We offer a selection of books related to island history. If you are interested in a certain subject, please contact Betsey Mayhew.


Featured Publications

Island Stories
By Bonnie Stacy

A long-lost murder weapon, a portrait from a famous artist's personal collection, a life preserver that preserved no lives- these are just a few of the thousands of Island stories kept and told by the Martha's Vineyard Museum. Whether tucked into nooks and boxes or hiding in plain sight, the Museum's collections have often escaped public notice- but no longer! Island Stories brings to light fifty of the most intriguing objects and their stories.

MVM Book
$24.95
Signed by editor, provide name

Martha's Vineyard
By Bonnie Stacy

Chief Curator Bonnie Stacy and the MV Museum have teamed up with Arcadia Publishing to create Martha's Vineyard, a new pictorial history celebrating the rich history of the Island. The book includes 220 photos from the Museum's extensive photograph collection that illustrate various aspects of the history of the Island. This collection, donated through the generosity of Islanders and visitors over the course of almost a century, provides a record of the Vineyard from the 1840s to the 1970s. Many of them have never been published before.

MVM Book
$26.99
Signed by editor, provide name

The History of Martha's Vineyard Museum: How We Got to Where We Are
By Arthur R. Railton

This wonderful history, the first comprehensive history of the Island since Charles E. Banks wrote The History of Martha's Vineyard in 1900, begins with the glaciers and works its way through the Native American journey, the age of European exploration and settlement, maritime history, the development of the Island as a world class resort, and more. People, places and events -- local and worldwide -- are chronicled here.

MVM Book
$24.95  

Vineyard Voices: Words, Faces and Voices of Island People
Edited by Linsey Lee

Here, in their own words excerpted from interviews with oral historian Linsey Lee, are the photographed portraits and stories of seventy-five Vineyarders, chronicling the continuity and the changes of life on the Vineyard over the last one hundred years. You will laugh, you will cry, you will travel the roads of the Vineyard with new eyes.

Vineyard Voices
Edition
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More Vineyard Voices: Words, Faces and Voices of Island People
Edited by Linsey Lee

More Vineyard Voices recalls life over the last one hundred years -- told in the speakers' own words -- on a unique Island set against the earth-shaking events of the Twentieth Century: hard times during the Depression; impacts of World War II; the advent of the automobile, radio and television. It is the record of a diverse and vibrant place – stories of African Americans and Wampanoags, Portuguese and Cape Verdeans, as well as New England Yankees. Here are the words of seventy-seven Vineyard people – fisherman, store owners, teachers, farmers, businessmen, nurses, postmasters, lighthouse keepers, summer people and year-rounders.

more vineyard voices
$33.95-$59.95
Edition
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Consider Poor I: The Life and Works of Nancy Luce
By Walter Magnes Teller

Nancy Luce is one of the Island's most well-known historical figures, but she is also one of the most misunderstood. Consider Poor I is an appreciation of Luce's life and poetry.

considerpoori
$14.95

Music on Martha's Vineyard: A History of Harmony
By Thomas Dresser and Jerold Muskin

In Music on Martha's Vineyard, Dresser and Muskin explore Martha's Vineyard's rich musical history, from the earliest drumbeats of the Wampanoags to today's homegrown music scene.

musicmv
$19.99

Where Magic Wears a Red Hat
The Art of Stanley Murphy

Across a career that spanned more than fifty years, Stanley Murphy painted Martha's Vineyard with the exacting eye of a seasoned craftsman and the magical soul of a poet; its fisherman and selectman and farmers and tribal elders; its seas and stones and fields and flowers; its fishes and cows and dogs. This book, the first to bring Stanley Murphy's art to a wider audience, focuses on the artist's Island portraits. More than thirty-five of his paintings and drawings, dating from the 1950s through the early years of the new century, are represented along with a personal reminiscence by collector and long-time friend Robert Doran and an original essay by Karal Ann Marling, Professor of Art History and American Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Where Magic Wears a Red Hat
$50.00
Edition

Shoreline Sentinels: The Lighthouses of Martha's Vineyard
By Jill Bouck and Dana Costanza Street

A short history of the five lighthouses on Martha's Vineyard.

Shoreline Sentinels
$12.00      

Your Affectionate Son, Charlie Mac
By Marian Ragan Halperin

In these pages -- preserved and now transcribed in the collection of the Martha's Vineyard Museum -- we find the personal journey of a young soldier and his maturation through years of travel in the south to Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, and back to Virginia for the final advance on Richmond during the Civil War. Here are his eyewitness descriptions of long marches and brave men, his political opinions as shared with his family – and evidence of his homesickness, which never left him.

Charlie Mac
$16.95      

Walking Tour of Historic Edgartown
By Arthur R. Railton

This guide will take you through the most historic part of Edgartown and the places you will see and read about are representative of the town's history. The tour lasts one to two hours depending on your level of interest and is full of images, maps, and stories about Edgartown and its inhabitants.

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$10.00

Shipwrecks on Martha's Vineyard
By Dorothy R. Scoville

Countless vessels have been wrecked off the shores of Martha's Vineyard. This book explores the fascinating and often tragic stories behind these ill-fated voyages through photos, paintings, and wreckage that has washed ashore.

$10.00      

African Americans on Martha's Vineyard
A Special Edition of the Dukes County Intelligencer

Edited by Arthur R. Railton

Essays concerning a minority long overlooked by historians. Includes the essays: "The African-American Presence on Martha's Vineyard"; "Two 'Men of Color' Who Fought in the Civil War"; and "The History of Oak Bluffs As a Popular Resort for Blacks."

$10.00       

The Smiths of Pohoganut
Introduction and Notes by Marian Ragan Halperin

The Diaries of Hanna and Rebecca Smith offer a rare glimpse into the inner lives of two young ladies from Martha's Vineyard in the early 1800s. Their diaries focus on their observations of the world around them. Former Director of the Museum Marian Ragan Halperin offers her insights to enhance our interpretation of these documents.

Sword
$19.95

The Chappy Ferry Book: Back and Forth Between Two Worlds - 527 Feet Apart
By Tom Dunlop

The Chappy Ferry Book tells the amazing, dramatic, myth-busting, two-hundred-year-old story of the Chappaquiddick ferry with historic, previously unseen pictures as well as contemporary photographs by Alison Shaw. The book also includes a DVD by John Wilson hosted by summer resident Dick Ebersol, former chairman of NBC Sports, which weaves together interviews with owners and captains, as well as clips of the ferry at work. The Chappaquiddick ferry has been struck by a seaplane, splintered by a hurricane, and burned by a mid-channel fire. It served as the setting for a pivotal scene in "Jaws" and played a role in a tragic car accident that changed the island of Chappaquiddick and American history.

Chappy Ferry Book
$25.95      

To the Harbor Light
By Alison Shaw

Combination art book and practical guide, well-known photographer Alison Shaw captures lighthouses on the Cape and Islands in her distinct and beautiful style. The book includes tips on seeing the lighthouses and historical facts that you will find nowhere else.

To the Harbor Light
$20.95      

Disaster Off Martha's Vineyard: The Sinking of the City of Columbus
By Thomas Dresser

With its rocky coast and treacherous shoals, shipwrecks were a common occurrence in 19th century Massachusetts. Few claimed as many lives as the City of Columbus. The night was clear and the route familiar for Captain Schuyler Wright and his experienced crew as they sailed a ship equipped with the latest technology. Yet with all this, the City of Columbus went down with 103 souls. Historian Thomas Dresser takes us into the icy waters of the Atlantic as he recounts the terrible chain of events that led to disaster on that fateful night.

Disaster Off Martha's Vienyard
$19.99      

Schooner: Building a Wooden Boat on Martha's Vineyard
By Tom Dunlap, Photos by Alison Shaw

Schooner takes you through the construction of Rebecca, a sixty-foot wooden schooner designed and built by Gannon and Benjamin of Vineyard Haven, one of the few boatyards in the United States devoted exclusively to traditional wooden boats. In words and extraordinary photos, you learn that she is, as one of her builders calls her, poetry on water.

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$44.95      

Sea Struck
By William H. Bunting

Sea Struck tells the stories of the final decades of the American square-rigged sail, as recorded in first-hand accounts of voyages made by three young men from Massachusetts. Frank Besse and Carleton Allen kept fascinating accounts while sailing as passengers aboard their ships. Rodman Swift's journal, kept in secret aboard the steel four-masted bark Astral, conveys the reality of a prolonged and difficult voyage from Philadelphia to Japan and finally to San Francisco. Hardcover, 366 pages with black and white images.

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$30.00      

So Ends This Day: The Portuguese in American Whaling
By Donald Warrin

So Ends This Day traces the history of the American whaling industry from its 17th century beginnings to its demise in the 1930s while highlighting the role of its Portuguese participants who dominated the industry in the final decades. Their story begins with Joseph Swazey who, in 1765, returned to Martha's Vineyard from an Atlantic whaling voyage; and each is a story of courage and determination in an industry in which many of these individuals advanced to positions of responsibility unparalleled among non-English-speaking immigrants to the United States.

Charlie Mac
$20.00       

Zeb: Celebrated Schooner Captain of Martha's Vineyard
By Polly Burroughs

Zebulon Northrop Tilton was a huge cross-eyed schooner captain, born on Martha's Vineyard in 1867. His rigorous and celebrated life afloat, countless shenanigans ashore, love for women and for Alice, his skill, strength, and wit all form the image of a real American folk hero. Burroughs has recreated Zeb's incredible life and the result is the true chronicle of a hard and hearty seafaring life, richly and colorfully spiced with authentic Yankee humor, and with the many characters who crossed Zeb's path.

Table Talk
$16.95      

Seen the Glory A Novel
By John Hough

In this compelling story of three Vineyard boys fighting for the Union, young brothers come of age while fighting in the Civil War. Hough's writing evokes the both the hardships and the camaraderie of ordinary soldiers and civilians set against the bloody drama of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Allen Whiting
$15.00      

Dorothy West's Paradise: A Biography of Class and Color
By Cherene Sherrard-Johnson

Dorothy West is best known as one of the youngest writers involved in the Harlem Renaissance, but West was also intimately rooted in a very different milieu—Oak Bluffs, an exclusive retreat for African Americans on Martha's Vineyard. She played an integral role in the development and preservation of that community—a place that West envisioned both as a separatist refuge and as a space for interracial contact. Dorothy West's Paradise captures the scope of the author's long life and career. An essential book for both fans of West's fiction and students of race, class, and American women's lives, it offers an intimate biography of an important author and a glimpse into the society that shaped her work.

Dorothy West's Paradise
$24.95      

Gay Head Lighthouse: The First Light on Martha's Vineyard
By William Waterway

This book explores the history of the Gay Head Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard.

Ghost of the Grasshopper
$19.99

The Ghost Of the Grasshopper: The Seagirt Saga of Two Families
By Thomas Hale

A historical account of the intermingling of two families--one American and one British--who come together first in time of war and then again 220 years later. Included is a foldout map of the Grasshopper's course and a genealogical table of both families. Illustrated with line drawings by the author.

Ghost of the Grasshopper
$19.95      

Thomas Hart Benton: A Life
By Justin Wolff

Born in Missouri at the end of the nineteenth century, Thomas Hart Benton would become the most notorious and celebrated painter America had ever seen. In this definitive biography, Justin Wolff places Benton in the context of his tumultuous historical moment—as well as in the landscapes and cultural circles that inspired him. Thomas Hart Benton—with compelling insights into Benton's art, his philosophy, and his family history—rescues a great American artist from myth and hearsay, and provides an indelibly moving portrait of an influential, controversial, and often misunderstood man.

Thomas Hart Benton:  Life
$40.00      

My Long Journey Home: A Life Worth Living
By S. Bailey Norton

Bailey Norton was born 90 years ago in Edgartown, and grew up on the waterfront messing about in boats. His book My Long Journey Home – A Life Worth Living features wonderful pictures of the town 'the way it was', plus family photos including pictures of his father Sam Bailey and the Manxman. Bailey 's stories include family history, fishing (and his fish business), visits to the Old Sculpin's boat building shop, adventures with his classmates, and tales of shipwrecks, hurricanes, and LOTS of boats.

My Long Journey Home: A Life Worth Living
Price: $50.00   

Vineyard Birds II: Where and What to See on Martha's Vineyard
By Susan B. Whiting and Barbara B. Pesch

Authored by local birding experts, this invaluable guide provides an annotated checklist of the birds of Martha's Vineyard complete with beautiful hand drawn illustrations and photos. This book focuses exclusively on the birds of Martha's Vineyard and identifies specific island locations where particular species are likely to be observed.

Table Talk
$19.95      

Those Who Serve: Martha's Vineyard and WWII
Edited by Linsey Lee

During World War II, the entire Vineyard community mobilized to support the war effort, both on the home front and overseas. The personal stories and perspectives of Vineyard people who survived the war years are a part of the Museum's oral history collections and full narratives and photographs are transcribed here. They bring alive the horror and confusion of battle, the exhiliration of victory, and the shared sacrifice and anxiety experienced by those on the home front.

Shoreline Sentinels
$20.00  
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Country Editor: Henry Beetle Hough and the Vineyard Gazette
By Phyllis Méras

Conservationist, newspaper editor, author, Henry Beetle Hough fought tirelessly for the causes he believed in, from good writing to the protection of the environment especially of his island home, Martha's Vineyard. Here, for the first time, is the Houghs' inspiring story, told with humor and insight by journalist and travel writer Phyllis Méras, a longtime Vineyard resident. Here is also the story of Martha's Vineyard, from its early days of whaling ships and camp meetings to its discovery by ever greater numbers of tourists and affluent second-home owners. Vintage and current photographs highlight the Houghs' story as well as the island's history, natural beauty, and personalities.

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$21.95-$35.00
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Thirty Dirty Sailors and the Little Girl Who Went a-Whaling
By Dillon Bustin

When Laura Jernegan was six years old, she lived with her family aboard her father's mighty whaling ship and kept a diary of her three-year journey. This is a children's read-aloud book, with CD, about life at sea, with whales, the ocean, and thirty grim, gruff sailors as company.

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$21.95      

Lighting the Trail
By Elaine Cawley Weintraub

The efforts of the MV African American Heritage Trail organization and the Heritage Trail History Project has done much to chronicle the island's rich African American tradition.
The African American Heritage Trail of Martha¹s Vineyard is a physical entity comprised of 16 sites dedicated to the formerly unrecognized contributions made by people of African descent to the history of the island. Lighting the Trail details the location and importance of each site on the Heritage Trail.

Table Talk
$19.95      

Circle of Faith
By Sally Dagnall

The Martha's Vineyard Camp-Meeting, a community of charming painted cottages with a central iron tabernacle, is like another world and another time. Established 175 years ago as a religious summer retreat during an era of intense revivalism, the community draws thousands of visitors each year. It was the model for many post-Civil War religious camp-meeting sites and has been the subject of novels, histories, and photo books.
This is the story of how this famous community, now a National Historic Landmark, came to exist and survive, when others fell into ruin. It is a must read for those interested in the past, in religion, and in Martha's Vineyard.

Circle of Faith
$24.95      
Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language
By Nora Groce

From the seventeenth century to the early years of the twentieth, the population of Martha's Vineyard manifested an extremely high rate of profound hereditary deafness. In stark contrast to the experience of most deaf people in our own society, the Vineyarders who were born deaf were so thoroughly integrated into the daily life of the community that they were not seen--and did not see themselves--as handicapped or as a group apart. Deaf people were included in all aspects of life, such as town politics, jobs, church affairs, and social life. How was this possible?
On the Vineyard, hearing and deaf islanders alike grew up speaking sign language. This unique sociolinguistic adaptation meant that the usual barriers to communication between the hearing and the deaf, which so isolate many deaf people today, did not exist.

$19.95         

The History of Martha's Vineyard
By Charles Banks

Banks' three-volume work is the definitive Island history. This set covers everything from the original settlement of the English through 1900. The Island's history, the formation of individual each town, and the most complete Island geneaology ever published. Rated as one of the finest works of local history.
Volume 3, Island geneaology, available seperately.

Banks Volumes

A Child's Guide to Martha's Vineyard
By Alison M. Convery

A picture book guide to each of the town on the Island, including history, legends, and current attractions.

Price: $20.00
The Martha's Vineyard Cookbook
By Louise Tate King and Jean Stewart Wexler

Through the centuries inhabitants of Martha's Vineyard have harvested the bounty of its vine-covered land and the ocean that surrounds it. This newly updated and comprehensive cookbook contains more than 250 authentic recipes that reflect the culinary heritage of the peoples who have made this tiny island their home--Wampanoag Indians, English and Scottish whaling families, Portuguese fishermen, and many others. More than twenty brand-new recipes grace this edition, including new sections that celebrate the recipes of the island's Brazilian and African American residents. With recipes ranging from savory to sweet interspersed with fascinating tidbits and tales about the Vineyard's past and present, this delightful cookbook captures the flavor of New England, both then and now.

$19.95         

Morning Glory Farm, and the family that feeds an island
By Tom Dunlop

A beautiful and evocative look at the most traditional of farms, along with 70 favorite Martha's Vineyard recipes. Enjoy the story of the family that began the largest farm on the Vineyard and still runs it along with a rustic farm stand that draws thousands of people during the six months of the year it is open- people who wait in lines for the farm's hand-picked corn or just baked pies.
The perfect cookbook for those who like their food with a side of gorgeous pictures in lyrical words.

$24.95         

Petticoat Whalers: Whaling Wives at Sea, 1820-1920
By Joan Druett

Joan Druett offers an informed and accessible account of little known stories of wives of whaling captains who accompanied their husbands on long and arduous journeys to bring whale oil and blubber to New England. Surprisingly, by 1850 roughly a sixth of all whaling vessels carried the captains' wives. Invariably the only woman aboard a very cramped ship, they endured harsh conditions to provide companionship for their husbands, and sometimes even exerted a strong unofficial moral influence on a rowdy crew. Joan Druett provides captivating portraits of many of these wives and the difficult circumstances they endured.

Petticoat Whalers
Price: $16.95     

Unveiled Voices, Unvarnished Memories
The Cromwell Family in Slavery and Segregation, 1692-1972

By Adelaide M. Cromwell

When an industrious slave named Willis Hodges Cromwell earned the money to obtain liberty for his wife—who then bought freedom for him and for their children—he set in motion a family saga that resounds today. Now, in Unveiled Voices, Unvarnished Memories, his granddaughter, Adelaide M. Cromwell, documents the journey of her family from the slave marts of Annapolis to achievements in a variety of learned professions. The voices gathered here give readers an inside look at the formation and networks of the African American elite and a rare look at the public and private world of individuals who refused to be circumscribed by racism and the ghetto while pursuing their own well-being. Its narrative depth breaks new ground in African American history and offers a unique primary source for that community.

Unveiled Voices, Unvarnished Memories
Price: $39.95    

For a list of Dukes County Intelligencer articles, please click here.

Please contact Betsey Mayhew at 508-627-4441 x112 for more information about other publications.