Chilmark Public Library
Chilmark Free Public Library
MARCH 18, 2018


For February our Wednesday night events will focus on Black history in celebration of African American History Month


Feb. 7th- Voices From the Vineyard's African American Community

On Wednesday, January 7th, Linsey Lee of the MV Museum will present Tales in Film and Audio from the Oral History Collection of the Martha's Vineyard Museum. Lee will show two short films, the first on the famous Shearer Summer Theater in Oak Bluffs, the second film focusing on the Bradley Memorial Church and a series of interviews with the late Dean K. Denniston, who speaks of the joys and tribulations of being a minister's son, growing up as an African-American in Oak Bluffs and the sting of racism on the island he called home.


Feb. 14th-The History of the Heritage Trail and the NAACP on Martha's Vineyard

Elaine Weintraub, co-founder of the African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard and Carrie Tankard, Vice President of the MV NAACP will lead us through the story of the Trail from its inception to the present day. Tankard will give a presentation on how the Island chapter of the NAACP was formed and will focus on the story of the five Vineyard women who were the founders of the chapter.


Feb. 21st-Documentary Screening: “The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen”

As part of the M.V. Women's Committee Winter Film Series we are showing a documentary on Angela Bowen, a dancer and artist who grew up in Boston and later formed a dance school for low income kids in New Haven, Connecticut. This film has won numerous awards including the Audience Award for Best Documentary Film at the Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the New Haven Documentary Film Festival. For six decades Bowen, classical dancer and teacher, black lesbian feminist activist and professor, has influenced and advocated for the arts, Black and Women's Rights and LGTBQ+ rights.


Feb. 28th- Voyage of Discovery; Vineyard Whaling Captains of Color

Former Oak Bluffs columnist for the Gazette and radio broadcaster, Skip Finley will give a presentation on what Finley has discovered through years of research for his upcoming book on the subject of men of color in the whaling industry. According to ship logs that Finley has gone through, 20 to 40% of whaling captains were men of color, many with ties to Martha’s Vineyard. According to Finley “as difficult, dangerous, and sometimes financially unrewarding as whaling was, it still beat slavery by miles...A few (men) even overcame all the odds and rose through the ranks to command ships.” Finley’s talk and upcoming book are an important exploration of this forgotten segment of American and Martha’s Vineyard maritime history.


All Wednesday Night Events are at 5 pm unless otherwise noted.

Come watch the Olympics with us! When our community room is not being used during our normal business hours we will be live streaming the Olympics. Join us for some tea. coffee, cookies and to root for the USA Olympic Teams!



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