Voices of Vineyard Women

For Women’s History Month, The Chilmark and Vineyard Haven libraries present the extraordinary Linsey Lee as she shares videos presenting the voices, images and stories of some of the remarkable Vineyard women from many eras, ages, diverse ethnic backgrounds and perspectives.

Relying on their community and on their own ingenuity, Vineyard women have traditionally thrived and taken roles of leadership on what was an often and can still seem so today, an isolated Island. During the era of whaling and of coastal schooner trade when husbands and sons were off sailing the seas for years at a time; women on the Vineyard managed businesses and finances, as well as the traditional responsibilities of caring for family and children. World Wars, the Depression and conflicts overseas continued the need for women to be resilient and resourceful. Since then, Vineyard women have made their mark as doctors, nurses, racial justice activists, business leaders, homemakers, writers, soldiers, teachers, sailors, politicians, actresses. With all its challenges, living on this Island inculcates strength of character as well as a creativity of spirit.

Linsey Lee is the oral history Curator at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. She has been conducting oral history interviews with people of the Vineyard for over thirty years. She is the author of Vineyard Voices – Words, Faces and Voices of Island People (1998), More Vineyard Voices (2005), Those Who Serve – Martha’s Vineyard and WWII (2010), Vineyard Voices Three (2019) and Edible Wild Plants of Martha’s Vineyard (1976/1998).

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Email tthorpe@clamsnet.org for the Zoom invite.

Saturday, March 6 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Chilmark Free Public Library
522 South Road, Chilmark, MA 02535

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