One Island, Many Stories

One Island, Many Stories offers an introduction to Island history arranged in a thematic way. Visitors are able to learn about the diverse history of Martha’s Vineyard through the lenses of fishing, farming, changing, voyaging, creating, escaping, and belonging. An interactive map is located in the center of the exhibit. All around, the sights and sounds are of the Vineyard; from an array of seagoing vessels and fishing gear suspended overhead, to segments of the stone walls that still serve as fences. Logbooks, scrimshaw, photographs, and travel trunks are among the objects representing the diversity of cultures and people who moved to the Island and made this place their home. Connectedness is implicit everywhere: connections from around the world and to the Island, connections between Wampanoag people and the land, settlers to the sea, and from one town to another.