The Woods Hole Public Library will host Martha’s Vineyard authors Thomas Dresser, Herb Foster, and Jay Schofield on Wednesday, October 15, at 7:15 PM to talk about their new book, “Martha’s Vineyard in World War II,” which was just released this year, published by The History Press. It is illustrated with photographs from the archives of several national repositories as well as from local newspapers and magazines and private collections, including photographs by the authors.
The book’s scope is broad, giving background information on both the island and the nation and about towns and individuals. It describes daily life on the home front as people faced the wartime demands of defense and rationing, as well as the lives and duties of those who enlisted in the different services. There are chapters on plane spotters, nurses, Colonel Lindbergh, fortifications, the gunnery range on South Beach, and the Van Ryper Model Shop.
The text depends in large part on “Vineyard Voices,” the oral history project of Linsey Lee of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. The authors will place special emphasis on the Woods Hole/Falmouth connection.
The presentation will be in the meeting room in the lower level of the library, which is handicapped accessible. Following their talk there will be time for questions. Copies of the book will be for sale.