Nantucket Historical Association E-Newsletter, April 3, 2012

Tuck't In A Walking Tour of Historic Prospect Hill Cemetery

Apr 3, 2012

Nantucket Historical Association e-Newsletter
April 2012 Happenings at the NHA


Hours & Information

Whaling Museum

13 Broad Street 


April 7 - 29, Saturdays and Sundays only 

11 A.M - 4 P.M.

April 30 - Oct 8: 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.


Historic Sites

Sites are closed for the season

(reopen May 2012)


Research Library

7 Fair Street

Open year-round
Mon., Thu., Fri.,
10 A.M. - 4 P.M.,
Tues., 11 A.M. - 4 P.M.
The library is closed Wednesdays, weekends, and all legal holidays.


Administrative Offices

15 Broad Street

508-228-1894, ext 0

Mon. - Fri., 9 A.M. - 5 P.M.

Museum Shop

11 Broad Street

Shop merchandise available online  

Relive the Magic of Nantucket!

Nantucket Film

Ric Burns's gateway film Nantucket is available for purchase at the NHA Museum Shop and at select retailers on the island. Purchase your copy today and share Nantucket's unique history with friends and loved ones. 


DVDs are $19.95 (plus tax)

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A one-year membership is the perfect birthday, hostess, holiday, or anniversary gift that will provide unlimited admission to the Whaling Museum, free use of the NHA Research Library; subscription to Historic Nantucket; 10% discount at the Museum Shop; and discounts for classes, events, concerts, and lectures.

For more information, conatct Michelle Soverino at (508) 228-1894, ext. 116, or visit  


Join, renew, or give a gift membership online.

Reserve the NHA for Your Special Event!

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The Nantucket Historical Association has a variety of properties and venues perfect for any gathering your family may wish to host, from birthday parties and rehearsal dinners to wedding ceremonies and receptions.


For more information, click here or call NHA Events Rental Coordinator Susan Beaumont at 508-228-1894, ext. 131.


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NHA Summer Job Opportunities

Like history?  Enjoy working with people and sharing your love of Nantucket?  The Nantucket Historical Association is now interviewing for various summer positions at the Whaling Museum and its historic sites.   


Every position provides an opportunity to learn about Nantucket's history, architecture, and culture.  Applicants should be enthusiastic and enjoy communicating with diverse groups of Nantucket visitors, and must possess good organization and customer service skills.  Shifts may include weekends, evenings, and holidays. 


For more information, visit our website or send your letter of interest, resume, and three references to Christopher Mason, NHA Manager of Interpretation, at [email protected].  


Save the Date: 2012 Wine Festival




The 2012 Nantucket Wine Festival will be held on May 17-20, 2012. The NHA is proud to be the non-profit beneficiary of the annual Wine Auction Dinner taking place on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at the White Elephant.  


The NHA Wine Auction Dinner is considered to be the signature event of the week-long Nantucket Wine Festival. We are thrilled to announce that William Little will be the chair for this year's dinner. Hosted by Veuve Clicquot Winemaker Cyril Brun, Numanthia Winemaker Manuel Louzada and special guest Laurent Drouhin of Maison Joseph Drouhin, the Wine Auction Cuisine features delicacies by Executive Chef Bernard Guillas of the Marine Room and Executive Chef Frederick Bisaillon of Brant Point Grill. 


For preferred seating, admission to a VIP reception, and the highest level donation to the NHA, select either an Oenophile $800.00 ($550.00 is tax deductible) or Vigneron $450.00 ($200.00 is tax deductible) ticket.


SAVE THE DATE: May 24, 2012 

The Members Preview is exclusive to current NHA members.  

2012 Schedule for NHA 1800 House Now Online 


2012 1800 House


Visit for more information!

April 2012 Public Programs 


Family Day - Nantucket from A to Z:   

A Letterbox Scavenger Hunt   

Saturday, April 14



Nantucket's Cabinet of Curiosities A to Z 


Explore Nantucket from A to Z in a family letterbox scavenger hunt across NHA properties! Decipher the clues. Search for hidden treasures. Dash to the finish line and collect a special prize! Instructions and are clues are available at the Whaling Museum.  

Stop by and play along! 


$5 per member team, $10 per nonmember team

Start at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street, 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.     





Sketching History: AAN Drawing Classes at the Whaling Museum

Sunday, April 22 & April 29


Hone your drawing and illustration skills using historic objects and works of art at the Whaling Museum as your inspiration.  Join Artists Association of Nantucket instructor Anne Sutherland for two special classes in basic drawing including line, texture, shading, and composition.  Learn and practice a variety of techniques with different media such as graphite and colored pencils and kneaded erasers.  You may bring your own supplies; a supply list will be provided by AAN.


$20 per class for NHA & AAN members

$25 per class for nonmembers

Space is limited. Register with AAN at or

(508) 228-0722


Sunday, April 22 & April 29   

1-3:30 PM 

Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street  





Acquisitions Evening

Tuesday, April 24


Hosted by Ben Simons, NHA Robyn & John Davis Chief Curator; Sarah Parks, Associate Curator; and NHA Obed Macy Chair Betsy Tyler, the curatorial team will share some of the behind-the-scenes stories of recent NHA acquisitions including some exciting donations to the NHA collections.

Free to all


Tuesday, April 24 

7 P.M. - 8 P.M. 

Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street



Food for Thought Lecture Series 

Food for Thought Lectures in Gosnell Hall, Thursdays at Noon

Join us! 

Every Thursday at noon
Whaling Museum

 Food for Thought is supported by a grant from the M.S. Worthington Foundation.


Thursday, April 5 | Libby Gibson, Nantucket Town Manager, "Town Administration: Up Close & Personal"


Thursday, April 12 | Les Ottinger and Chris Lohmann present"Melville's Moby-Dick and the NHA Whaling Logs"


Thursday, April 19 | Tara Riley, Town of Nantucket Shellfish Biologist, "Shellfish and Fisheries Here and Abroad"


Thursday, April 26 | Dylan Wallace, Nantucket Native LLC, "Organic Gardening on Nantucket"



Free to the public. Bring your lunch. For additional information, please call 508-228-1894, ext. 0, or visit to view the full schedule.


Betsy Tyler Named New NHA
Obed Macy Research Chair


The NHA is thrilled to announce the establishment of the Obed Macy Research Chair, an endowed position named for island historian Obed Macy, whom Herman Melville called "the worthy Obed." The position will lead and develop a greatly expanded NHA Research Program, enhancing our efforts to advance and widely disseminate our rich historical collections and resources to ever-widening audiences.


Tyler is a renowned and prolific author of over twenty-six books of Nantucket history, including the recent NHA publications: The 'Sconset Actors Colony 1895-1925: Broadway Offshore; "Sometimes Think of me:" Notable Nantucket Women through the Centuries; Greater Light: A House History; and 'Sconset: A History.  


The Obed Macy Research Chair grew out of our experience with the 'Sconset: 02564 exhibition and catalog and the subsequent work of the 'Sconset Historical Research Group led by 'Sconseter Paul Judy. Paul and Mary Ann Judy were instrumental in the efforts to establish the Obed Macy Chair.   

NHA News


Nantucket Wins International Film Award

       Nantucket Film


Nantucket - A Film by Ric Burns has won the second place Titan award at the 11th Annual Golden City Gate Awards. This international film and media competition is held in conjunction with the International Tourism Board in Berlin, and is the biggest tourism fair in the world.   




 Conservation at the NHA 


 NHA visiting conservator, Rachel Modrovski, is restoring a portrait of Nantucket desegregation pioneer Anna Gardner. The portrait, painted by Wendell Macy in 1880, will hang in the Hadwen & Barney Oil & Candle Factory once it is brought back to its former splendor.





Tuck't In: A Walking Tour  

of Historic Prospect Hill Cemetery


Written by Paula Lundy Levy for the Prospect Hill Cemetery Association, presents a 200-year history of the island through chronicles of whaling captains, mariners, merchants, writers, artists, educators, Civil War Veterans and more. The stories emanate from diaries, personal letters, memoirs, newspaper accounts and extensive historical investigation, much of it based on material and images from the collection of the Nantucket Historical Association.

You can feel the emotions of the island over the years by reading the stories originating from Nantucket's incredible global shipping adventures during the golden years of whaling, through our Civil War history and up to contemporary times. Tuck't In is available island bookstores. Founded in 1810, Prospect Hill Cemetery just celebrated its 200th anniversary. The proceeds from the book will fund the preservation, conservation and restoration at the historic cemetery.


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