Historical Sleuthing with Hal Garneau

Historical Sleuthing: Unlocking the Secrets in Old Oak Bluffs Photographs

In his talk, Hal Garneau will describe the techniques used to accurately identify those puzzling unknown cottages and buildings seen in vintage Island photographs of Oak Bluffs. His slide show presentation will then continue with over seven examples of astounding historical sleuthing from start to finish. As a preface, Hal will give a little background information and introduce you to the characteristics of the five different developmental areas of early Oak Bluffs that could provide clues as to where the cottage in a mystery photo might be located. Put on your deerstalker hat and come see some true detective work in action!

Preregistration is recommended.

MVM Members: $10; Non-Members: $15. To register, click here.

Born and raised in Oak Bluffs, Hal Garneau is passionate about the history of the town in which he grew up, with a particular fascination for its 19th century beginnings. He is a lifelong collector of vintage Island photographs which include over 1200 stereoscopic views of Oak Bluffs and the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Ground. Hal has given many talks about Oak Bluffs in the 1800s and his research as an amateur historian has brought to light many forgotten or heretofore unknown facts about the early days of the Island’s first summer community.


Date April 13, 2023
From 5:00 pm
To 6:00 pm
Type Talk
Venue Marthas Vineyard Museum
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