For additional information on any of these events, please call 508-627-4441.
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As part of the Edgartown Board of Trade's Pink and Green Weekend, we invite children to make the perfect Mother's Day card for the special mom in their life. We'll teach the art of making silhouettes in pink and green and use them to make cameo cards of each child. Kids can then decorate the cards and write a special message to mom. Appropriate for children ages 5+.
Free to all.
Join Chief Curator Bonnie Stacy for the unveiling of "Martha's Vineyard." Stacy selected images from the Museum's extensive photograph collection to illustrate the history of the Island. This collection, donated through the generosity of Islanders and visitors over the course of more than 90 years, represents an invaluable record of the Vineyard from the 1840s to the present day. Stacy will talk about the process of choosing the photographs from our extensive collection. Books will be available for purchase/signing.
Students in Corinne Kurtz's history class at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School are back serving as guest curators in the Spotlight Gallery at the Museum. After researching female criminals in Vineyard history, the class will present a timeline of Island women and the crimes they committed. Join the students as they unveil their work.
Free and open to all.
No other decade of the 20th century can be defined by change as much as the 1960s. From politics to music, the struggle for civil rights and landing on the moon, it was a time of volatility, excitement, and unease in America. But what was life like during these years on Martha's Vineyard? Through objects, photographs, video and oral histories, we explore the stories that shaped the decade - and forever altered the Vineyard.
Free for members/$7 for nonmembers.
In conjunction with the ongoing exhibit "Sea Change: Martha's Vineyard in the 1960s," return to life a half century ago as 5th grader Linda practices nuclear bomb drills at school, her mother listens to the Beatles and stops wearing a bra, and her brother gets drafted. Author Amy Reece will unveil how the changes happening in society during the 60s influenced the younger generation growing up. Books will be available for purchase/signing.
In preparation of the 38th voyage of the Charles W. Morgan and its visit to the Island, learn the history of whaling in America from Eric Jay Dolin, author of "Leviathan." From the voyages of Captain John Smith to the last voyage of the Wanderer, explore the balance of risk vs. reward driven by scarcity as whalers pursued a natural resource in the ocean. Copies of "Leviathan" will be available for purchase and signing.
$8 for members, $12 for nonmembers.
Celebrate the summer season with a reception on the lawn and the opening of "Martha's Vineyard" (in conjunction with the new book). See a selection of the original photographs used in the book recently published by the Museum's Chief Curator Bonnie Stacy. The 18th century Cooke House will open for the season, and visit the Charles W. Morgan exhibit in the Spotlight Gallery. Finally, in conjunction with the Morgan exhibit and 38th voyage, enjoy a sneak preview from the upcoming premiere of Joe Forbrich's "The Whaleship Essex," the first show to open on the Patricia Neal Stage at the newly renovated MV Playhouse, on the lawn.
Free and open to all.
Join the Museum staff and tour the current exhibits on display. Learn about upcoming events and ways to get more involved as the summer begins in our various departments. Refreshments will be served. New volunteers welcome!
Free and open to all.
Come tour the last remaining wooden whaleboat in the world as it visits Martha's Vineyard for four days on its 38th voyage. Enjoy dockside activities for the whole family, watch whale boat races in the harbor, and make sure to visit the Museum's tent of activities while you're there.
Join us for the 16th annual gala under a tent overlooking Vineyard Haven harbor. Experience an atmosphere inspired by the Museum's latest exhibition, "Sea Change: Martha's Vineyard in the 1960s," bid on silent auction items, and enjoy a fabulous buffet dinner all while supporting the Museum. 60's attire encouraged, but not required.
$225 per person. Reservations required. Call Jessica, 508-627-4441 x117.