One Island, Many Stories Speaker Series: Fishing
October 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The history of Martha’s Vineyard has unfolded over thousands of years, across hundreds of square miles of land and sea, and in dozens of communities across the Island. It is not a single story, but many interwoven stories.
Inspired by the MVM’s exhibition One Island, Many Stories, each episode of this monthly virtual program will feature Research Librarian Bow Van Riper in conversation with a different member of our Island community whose work engages with one of the exhibition’s themes: escaping, changing, voyaging, belonging, creating, fishing, and farming. This live and lively discussion series will explore how the Island’s past shapes its inhabitants’ present-day lives and how understanding that continuity (and change) might help us navigate the future of our Island.
Five miles distant and a world apart from the mainland, Martha’s Since the ancestors of the Wampanoag first settled Noepe, the Island’s “great waters”—its ponds, inlets, and surrounding seas—have sustained those who call it home. Fish and shellfish have been staples of Islanders’ diets, but also of the Island’s economy. Cod and mackerel, swordfish and herring, quahogs and scallops provided food for Island tables and, when sold to mainland dealers as far away as Boston and New York, put money in Island pockets. Once thought to be inexhaustible, the bounty of the sea has proved to be both finite and fragile, and Vineyarders are now at the forefront of efforts to craft a sustainable future for both fish and fishermen. Join MVM research librarian Bow Van Riper in a conversation with Shelley Edmundson, executive director of the Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust, in a conversation around the theme of “fishing.”
MVM Members $5; Non-Members $7. Click here to register for this virtual program.