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Vineyard Gazette …


On May 14, 1846 the Vineyard Gazette, founded by Edgar Marchant, published its first issue.

According to the Gazette’s history

“At first, the Gazette carried a good deal of news from across the country and around the world. It was the only paper many Vineyarders received with regularity. In the last decades of the 19th century, though, its mission narrowed and its focus came home. It became an Island paper through and through, covering shipwrecks in Vineyard waters that killed hundreds, freezes that made travel across the water impossible for weeks, and the devastation wrought by gales and hurricanes and fires.

The Gazette wrote these first drafts of Island history, but from the start it recognized that Island news, at bottom, is different in size and scope from news that happens everywhere else. The best stuff in the paper, its editors believed then and now, concerns the commonplace – the comings and goings of the citizenry, the way the seasons change, how the crops grow, who marches in the Fourth of July parade, how the fishermen are faring, what the boatyards are up to, and how the quahogs are doing in the Great Ponds along the Atlantic. For the length of its life, the Gazette has covered what most other papers would overlook.

The Vineyard Gazette is published year-round every Friday, from June through September there’s also an issue published every Tuesday.

The New England Press Association named the Vineyard Gazette ‘Newspaper of the Year’ five times in the 1990’s, then again in 2001 and 2004.

Subscribers to the Vineyard Gazette are world-wide… it’s a great way to stay in touch with the Vineyard when you can’t be there.


Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

3 thoughts on “Vineyard Gazette …

  1. This one I have to comment on – I feel driven to do it. I was brought up on reading the Gazette and I thought all newspapers were like that. I usually found it an exercise in vocabulary as it was definitely not written by morons or for morons. Well, when I got to the age of leaving the island and reading other newspapers, I could not believe how terrible the others were in comparison to our own little, inky-dinky Gazette. Even I, as a teen-ager, could find glaring mistakes and typo’s in the best of these off-island papers! Incredible. The only conclusion I could reach was that all these years of thinking the Gazette as a quaint type medium, it was perhaps in the more-than-superior range of journalism. What a wonderful shock that was. I hope it lives on forever; i.e., when the last islander leaves, I hope he puts out the light at the Gazette’s office and turns off the press. Until that day, Gazette please forge on. You make all the other papers envious.

  2. Question: Are those Cat’s Meow village pieces of MV (the pieces of the gazebo and such?)?? If so, I must hunt those down for my Mother!! She collects Cat’s Meow!


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