Historic Tales of Oak Bluffs

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Skip Finley’s Town of Oak Bluffs columns in the Vineyard Gazette were widely popular thanks to his breezy style and historical content. In this curated collection, he presents a chronological telling of how the community became the welcoming seaside resort for a uniquely diverse group of residents and visitors, including five American presidents. Discover how islanders like Ichabod Norton, Old Harry and Lucy Vincent Smith helped to define the island we know today. From the Panic of 1873 to the Inkwell and beyond, these witty and whimsical tales prove why this particular spot is featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
ISBN: 9781467143974
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Massachusetts
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 65
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Skip Finley’s career in media began in 1971. In addition to serving the leadership of the major broadcast industry associations, the popular executive was responsible for forty-three stations (four of which he owned) encompassing seventeen U.S. markets. His work has included business successes with radio networks, syndicated programs, formats and a satellite channel. Finley was a frequent contributor to radio industry trade publications. Retired, today he is a writer and works for the Vineyard Gazette Media Group as director of sales and marketing and is a guest columnist. He is a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum Board of Directors. From June 22, 2012, to June 16, 2017, Finley wrote the Vineyard Gazette’s weekly Town of Oak Bluffs column. Thanks to the Vineyard Gazette’s circulation of 11,500, his 253 columns were widely read. In addition to the Vineyard Gazette, he is a regular contributor to Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, Martha’s Vineyard Island Weddings and the Martha’s Vineyard Museum publication, the MV Museum Quarterly (formerly the Dukes County Intelligencer).
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