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January 2021

Virtual Screening: On the Vineyard – Summer Vacation in 1940 and 1941 with the James Family

January 19 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

In 2019, the Museum received a donation of a remarkable short film made by summer visitor Charles M. James. Shot in color during the summers of 1940 and 1941, this film offers a detailed glimpse of Island summers from 80 years ago. Recently digitized and being shown for the first time ever, the film is narrated by Research Librarian Bow Van Riper, who will discuss the places, people, and vessels captured by James. The Museum is grateful to Dwight Kulwin,…

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Treasure Box Workshop with Artist Jannette Vanderhoop

January 31 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Martha’s Vineyard Museum, 151 Lagoon Pond Road
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 United States
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Jannette Vanderhoop's exhibit Treasure Boxes explores her relationship to time, history, and the natural world through found objects and keepsakes. Are you interested in creating your own treasure box? Join Jannette for a loosely facilitated workshop that will begin with a tour of her exhibition. She will help to guide your process and offer inspiration on how to tell your story through found objects. This program will take place indoors in the Morgan Learning Center at MVM, and is capped at six participants in order to…

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February 2021

Art Activism: A Virtual Talk with Artist Basia Jaworska

February 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

According to artist Basia Jaworska, "Art is a language of looking which allows you to see. It transmits ideas, information, and feelings through imagery. It can also be a vehicle for social change. Art gives form to issues obscured by the the powers that be. It consolidates ideas into symbols giving voice to the otherwise voiceless victims of oppression. It expresses grievances, in opposition to the status quo, and rallies people around a common goal to effect social/political change. My…

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Martha’s Vineyard Annual Collaborative Black History Month Event 2021

February 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Six Island organizations will feature a 2-hour historical perspective panel discussion on Music, Art, and the Black Family. Featuring keynote speaker Carole Copeland Thomas, MBA, CDMP, CITM, and a 2019 TEDx Speaker. Panel Itinerary: Welcome Dr. Lorna Andrade Keynote Address and Multimedia Presentation & Q&A Carole Copeland Thomas Break 10 Minutes Heather Seger Martha’s Vineyard Museum Allyson Malik Oak Bluffs Library Dr. Lorna Andrade NAACP of MV League of Women Voters of MA Dr. Thelma Johnson Association for the Study…

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Virtual Gallery talk with Photographer Neal Rantoul

February 10 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Martha’s Vineyard Museum, 151 Lagoon Pond Road
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 United States
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Over a long career as a photographer taking pictures all over the world, there has been one constant for photographer Neal Rantoul: the Island. Join Neal for a virtual talk in conjunction with an exhibition of his work at the Museum. Neal will describe his process of photographing the Vineyard’s wild places from a single-engine Cessna while diving into the stories behind the photos and how they reflect a dynamic, but changing Island. This will be a pre-recorded program and will…

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William Martin and the Whaling Captains of Color: A Virtual Talk with Skip Finley

February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Martha’s Vineyard Museum, 151 Lagoon Pond Road
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 United States
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The history of whaling as an industry on this continent has been well-told in books, including some that have been bestsellers, but what hasn’t been told is the story of whaling’s leaders of color in an era when the only other option was slavery. Whaling was one of the first American industries to exhibit diversity. A man became a captain not because he was white or well connected, but because he knew how to kill a whale. Along the way,…

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March 2021

Virtual Gallery Talk with Guest Curator Hollis Engley

March 12 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Martha’s Vineyard Museum, 151 Lagoon Pond Road
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 United States
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Join Hollis Engley, a former Vineyard Gazette photojournalist, past editor of Martha's Vineyard Magazine, and national and international wire service journalist, as he shares the stories, and the stories behind the stories, of the images in his exhibition Family Stories, on display at the Museum from March 9th - May 7th. "I'm surrounded by photographs...the images are populated by the people I knew and people entirely unknown to me. All are connected - deeply or through their descendants - to my native Island." says Engley. "I learned to…

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One Island, Many Stories Speaker Series: Escaping

March 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Martha’s Vineyard Museum, 151 Lagoon Pond Road
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 United States
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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:…

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April 2021

Hidden Collections with Bow Van Riper – Virtual Event

April 7 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 12:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until May 9, 2021

Martha’s Vineyard Museum, 151 Lagoon Pond Road
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 United States

The Museum’s archives hold thousands of documents, postcards, maps, photographs, and other ephemera. They remain safely housed in climate-controlled storage, with only a few examples used in temporary exhibitions. The stories they tell are the stories of Martha’s Vineyard: nuanced, complicated, romantic, colorful, and challenging. Join Research Librarian Bow Van Riper as he takes you behind the scenes for an exploration of a new selection of the Museum’s archives and the fascinating stories that they hold. This event is free…

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One Island, Many Stories Speaker Series: Changing

April 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Martha’s Vineyard Museum, 151 Lagoon Pond Road
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 United States
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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:…

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