As the Martha’s Vineyard Commission heads to court once again to defend its power to regulate suburban-style subdivisions on the Island, the remaining original members look back at its formation nearly fifty years ago and at what has and has not been accomplished.

Nelson Sigelman

You never know what you’ll find deep in the woods.

Loren Ghiglione

LeRoy Perry, or Ousamequin/Yellow Feather, was the first supreme leader of the Wampanoag nation in 250 years. He was also my next door neighbor in Oak Bluffs.

Skip Finley

A new book from the Martha’s Vineyard Museum chronicles the rediscovery of an ancient farm.

Phyllis Méras

Years before the first enslaved Africans were brought to North America in 1619, English slavers raided the Vineyard and elsewhere and took their prisoners back across the Atlantic. One Islander managed to return.

Andrew Lipman

Conceived in the liberal spirit of the decade after the Civil War, Union Chapel is celebrating 150 years of open doors and open hearts.

Shelley Christiansen

The Reverend William Jackson, of Oak Bluffs, New Bedford, and Philadelphia, was not about to let bounty hunters return a member of his flock to the land of bondage.

Skip Finley

Four hundred years ago the politics of immigration were, well, complicated.

David J. Silverman