Nantucket History & People

Nantucket History & People

A Great Place to Grow Up

Growing up on Nantucket in the 1970s – where to start? Let’s do it the way most great stories began…
Once upon a time, the whole of Dionis Beach was open, I swear. And that’s where all of us islanders would go. Every nice weekend in the summer, hundreds of Nantucket families would congregate out there. Cars filled the beach. Tires would be deflated in the adjacent parking lots – a process that seemed to take forever when I was a kid.

Every Day is A Gift | Nantucket, MA
Nantucket History & People

Pausing to Remember

This season marks the 50th year that Yesterday’s Island has been published. To celebrate that anniversary, we are indulging in some nostalgia, remembering 1970 on Nantucket through interviews with island residents who were living and working here half a century ago. At that time, the island was beginning to draw […]

Harvey Young 1976 | Nantucket, MA
Nantucket History & People

The Freewheelin’ Harvey Young

Harvey Young is one happy guy. You have all seen him along Broad Street, always with a big beaming smile. He explains that he wakes up every day with a smile on his face… he adds almost apologetically “I’ve always been that way. I was born that way. I came into the world with a smile on my face.” Not surprisingly he has wonderful happy memories of growing up on Nantucket in the 1960s and 70s. In 1970 Harvey was 13, in the 8th grade at the old Cyrus Pierce School, and enjoying a very, very big year.

windmill | Nantucket, MA
Nantucket History & People

Heroes Among Us

The Call of Duty is louder for some than others. Though we all rise in the morning with tasks to complete, hurdles to jump, and goals to meet, some of us face greater challenges. Nantucket resident Rich Leone heard his call in 1979, and he has never stopped stepping up to the challenge…

Linda Loring | Nantucket, MA
Nantucket History & People

A Woman of Vision

by Dr. Sarah Treanor BoisDirector of Research & Education at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation On Tuesday, September 10, Linda Loring passed away at the age of 99. An avid animal lover and land conservationist, her passing marks the end of an era. As the founder of the Linda Loring […]

Peter Panchy | Nantucket, MA
Nantucket History & People

View Life Through a Kaleidoscope

by Catherine Macallister Among the shelves, tables, and books in the Great Hall of the Nantucket Atheneum sits a man, pouring over the captain and ships logs of one of the many vessels that departed from Nantucket Harbor over the course of the prosperous whaling era. Peter Panchy is deciphering […]

The Four Centuries Domestic Tour | Nantucket, MA
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Explore Island Life on Special Tour

by Catherine Macallister The Nantucket Historic District is a shining example of a well-preserved American seaport from the 18th and 19th centuries. On Saturday, September 7, leading directors and educators from The Nantucket Historical Association, Nantucket Preservation Trust, and the Maria Mitchell Association will offer a Four Centuries Domestic Tour […]

Elizabeth “Libby” Tracey | Nantucket, MA
Nantucket History & People

Belonging to Each Other

by Catherine Macallister The idea of “reminiscence” is something that is perpetuated throughout the Nantucket community, built on memories, recollection, and history that goes back for generations. Lifelong residents and visitors have seen the landscape of Nantucket change: store and restaurant closures, rebuilds of old houses, not to mention the […]

The Gallery at Four India | Nantucket, MA
Nantucket History & People

On Collecting

by Gene Ingalls My role as curator of Fine Contemporary glass for The Gallery at Four India is a challenging and rewarding experience, but as a collector I am totally consumed. Collecting has been nothing short of a labor of love and has added joy beauty to my life. Collecting […]