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Published on Dec 15, 2011
On Sunday, the Martha's Vineyard Museum threw down the welcome mat and invited the community into its new home — or its new home to be.
With a spring in his stance, David Nathans, the museum's executive director, stood on the porch, gaily welcoming visitors as if he were showing off a brand spanking new building. Instead, the object of his pride is an ungainly, heavily used old building that looks like it got stuck in another era. For many Islanders, it's a stretch to see the structure for the vital marine hospital that it once was, let alone the vibrant summer camp that it became and continued to be up until four years ago.