Once among the busiest harbors in New England—a port of refuge and resupply for schooners and brigs in the coastal trade—Vineyard Haven is now the principal year-round port of resort Island whose population swells from 15,000 to over 100,000 each summer. This panel, sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, explores the evolution of the Vineyard Haven waterfront and the town’s current struggle to balance historic preservation, maritime heritage, and economic viability in an age of accelerating climate change.
The symposium will include a breakdown of the beginning history of Vineyard Haven by Chief Curator Bonnie Stacy, followed by an explanation of Vineyard Haven’s evolution to become a tourist town and working waterfront by Research Librarian Bowdoin Van Riper. Finally, Cheryl Noble, Associate Professor Emeritus at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry will look forward towards ways we can seek a sustainable future for the town.
There will be a complimentary add-on walking tour of the historic Vineyard Haven waterfront led by Bow Van Riper following the panel from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The tour will begin at the MVM flagpole.
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10:30am to 12:30pm
Martha's Vineyard Museum
151 Lagoon Pond Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568