Friends of the Institute

Thank you to all of our supporters who have donated their time, money, scientific specimens, and energies to our mission!



2017

  • Mickey & Lynn Caroline
  • Jim and Carol Clark
  • Debra and Art DeLorenzo
  • Chris Decker and Tisbury Printer
  • Anne and Robert Ganz in honor of Anita Hotchkiss
  • Robert Ganz, Jr., and Hyonah Kim
  • Prof. Virginia Held
  • Nancy Holt
  • Frederick & Anita Hotchkiss
  • Philipp Krüger
  • Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council in collaboration with The Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • Grace M. Scarano
  • Robert Schacht
  • Max Skjoldebrand
  • Staples Foundation
  • Yinan Wang and Devonian Depot LLC
  • Larry Zane White
  • Michael Wooley

2016

2015

2014

  • John Bartley and Reanda Doornink of quillsandquarries
  • Ian Boardman and Deborah Freed
  • Lois and Sidney Berke in memory of Sally Hirschberg
  • Lois and Sidney Berke in memory of Henry Washington Hotchkiss
  • Lois and Sidney Berke
  • Libby and Eric Brodheim in memory of Henry Washington Hotchkiss
  • Debra Pruzan-Clain, MD and Michael R. Clain, MD
  • Jim and Carol Clark
  • Sally and George L Cohn, MD, in honor of Jack and Molly Crawford
  • Sally and George L Cohn, MD, in memory of Henry Washington Hotchkiss
  • Debra and Art DeLorenzo
  • Jib Ellis
  • Sam Feldman
  • Anne and Robert Ganz
  • Bonnie and Robert H. George
  • Bonnie and Robert H. George in memory of Henry Washington Hotchkiss
  • Prof. Virginia Held
  • Frederick & Anita Hotchkiss
  • The David B. Jones Foundation
  • Joan and Henry Kriegstein
  • Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council in collaboration with The Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • Microsoft Citiznship and Public Affairs [Lori Forte Harnick, General Manager]
  • Judith H. and Frederick I. Mopsik
  • Our Island Club
  • Robert Peck
  • Staples Foundation
  • The Trustees of Reservations, Martha's Vineyard Headquarters [Chris Kennedy]
  • Yinan Wang and Devonian Depot LLC
  • Larry Zane White
  • Chun Xing

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

  • Bruce M. Bell
  • Debra & Michael Clain
  • James & Carol Clark
  • Dan L. Cooper
  • John & Bethel Dearborn
  • Daisy & Julian Denenberg
  • Neville D. Frankel, Financial Strategy Associates, Needham, MA
  • Anne and Robert Ganz
  • K. Sue Gleason
  • Diane Granville and Ira Perelle
  • Frederick & Anita Hotchkiss
  • Henry W. Hotchkiss
  • Anthony Jones, California Rock & Mineral
  • Joseph Koniecki and Steffanie Sunday
  • Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council in collaboration with The Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • Markus J. Martin, blackriverpaleoinstitute
  • Doug McAvoy
  • Richard J. Mooi
  • David Rudkin
  • Grace and Michael Scarano
  • Gin & Mathew Sgan
  • Amy Sklar, Galadriel's Mirror, Inc.
  • Wolfgang Stadler
  • Bruce L. Stinchcomb
  • Steven Wagner

2006

  • George L. Babich & T. Michaele McGinnis
  • Michael & Debra Clain
  • James & Carol Clark
  • John & Bethel Dearborn
  • Daisy & Julian Denenberg
  • Robert & Anne Ganz
  • K. Sue Gleason
  • Krista and Peter Hohenstein, Bundenbachfossilien, Lautertal, Germany
  • Frederick & Anita Hotchkiss
  • Henry W. Hotchkiss
  • Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council in collaboration with The Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • Faith Margolin
  • Doug McAvoy
  • Diane Nicholls
  • Mathew & Gin Sgan

2005

  • Brian Bade
  • Robert Balin & Elizabeth Clain
  • Bruce M. Bell
  • Sidney & Lois Berke
  • Michael & Debra Clain
  • James & Carol Clark
  • John & Bethel Dearborn
  • Daisy & Julian Denenberg
  • Lee & Richard Ehrman
  • Robert & Anne Ganz
  • K. Sue Gleason
  • Theo Hensken, Henskens Fossils, Oss, The Netherlands
  • Frederick & Anita Hotchkiss
  • Walter & Dori Le Croy
  • René Lewis
  • Faith Margolin
  • Doug McAvoy
  • John A. Merhige
  • Diane Nicholls
  • Dan & Anne Pruzan

2004

  • Michael & Debra Clain
  • James & Carol Clark
  • Robert & Anne Ganz
  • Frederick & Anita Hotchkiss

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MPRI PRESENTS...



LOOKING FORWARD:
Come celebrate National Fossil Day with MPRI at the Oak Bluffs Public Library -- Thursday, 12 October 2017, from 4pm to 7:45pm. We are thrilled to say that National Fossil Day on Martha’s Vineyard is partially supported by a grants from the Staples Education Foundation and the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Come to a presentation by Fred Hotchkiss titled "Starfish and the number five" -- an Adult and Continuing Education of MV (ACE MV) summer science series lecture, on Tuesday 18 July [time TBD but around 6:30 or 7 pm] at the Stone House of the MV Commission in Oak Bluffs.


Looking back
In October 2016 we celebrated National Fossil Day with MPRI at the Oak Bluffs Public Library. ...a collaboration of MPRI, the OB Library, and the National Park Seevice. Event partially supported by a grants from the Staples Education Foundation and the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


In May we took fossil programs for seniors to Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and in June to The Anchors Senior Center in Edgartown in collaboration with the Martha's Vineyard Center for Living and in collaboration with the MV Museum.


In April Susie Bowman
and Fred Hotchkiss presented
Horseshoe Crabs: A Story of Beach Trysts and Blue Bloods,
a free lecture and slide show about lives and history of horseshoe crabs and opportunities to be involved in the Horseshoe Crab Citizen Science Survey Project -- at the West Tisbury, Edgartown and Oak Bluffs libraries


In March we visited two 8th grade science classes of Mrs. Connie Alexander in Tisbury, bringing a range of fossils for study and discussion.


In March we brought touchable fossils to preschoolers at the Island Children's School in West Tisbury.


In February we visited the 7th grade science classes of Ms. Lea Dorr in Oak Bluffs as they studied geology and the history of beach pebbles found on the Vineyard.


In February we served on the panel of judges at the MVRHS 2015 Science Fair. We also provided an MPRI Award which went to Patrick Best and Pearl Vercruysse.


In December we visited the MVRHS science class of Ms. Anna Cotton to incorporate SEA STARS into their studies of Island fisheries and Vineyard marine life.


In November MPRI Director Dr. Fred Hotchkiss received the Russel P. Stanhope Distinguished Friend of Science Award from the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST), with huge thanks for being nominated by Tisbury 7th and 8th Grade Science Teacher Mrs. Connie Alexander.


Fossil Fred brought a carload of fossils to Mr. David Faber's 8th grade science classes, Wednesday, October 22, Edgartown School.


MPRI celebrated National Fossil Day on Martha’s Vineyard: Thursday October 16th in partnership with the Oak Bluffs Public Library and the National Parks Service. The event was free to all, and 230 children, parents, teachers and fossil enthusiasts participated.

We assisted in Archaeology ID Day at the Martha's Vineyard Museum, 30 August, and the public brought in great finds from around the Vineyard.

We presented a FAMILY-ORIENTED HANDS-ON-FOSSILS PROGRAM at the Edgartown Library on 5 August, with co-presenter biological oceanographer Wendy Culbert. Thirty-five persons, including 25 children, happily experienced fossils.

WE LED CITIZEN SCIENTIST volunteers doing horseshoe crab spawning surveys in May and June in Lake Tashmoo.

In May we visited the WEST TISBURY FOURTH GRADE classes of Rebecca Solway and Jen McHugh with buckets of sea water and LIVING SEA STARS

WE PRESENTED A PREE PUBLIC LECTURE
Horseshoe Crabs: A Story of Beach Trysts and Blue Bloods
AT FOUR LIBRARIES
3/20 at Oak Bluffs Library
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3/25 at Vineyard Haven Library
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4/9 at Chilmark Library
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4/16 at Edgartown Library


MPRI was a sponsor of the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School
Science Fair,
8 February, 2014.


Looking back
Fossil Fred visited the 5th and 6th grade science classes of Ms Justen Walker and Ms Nicole Pereira on Monday, December 16th, 2013 in Westport, MA


Fossil Fred visited the West Tibury 1st grade class of Ms Tessa Wall on Friday, November 15, 2013


Looking back
the Fourth Annual NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY was celebrated at the OAK BLUFFS PUBLIC LIBRARY on Thursday, October 17, 2013, 4PM to 7:45PM. About 180 people came to the event.







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