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Nantucket History & People

Portraits from the Past

Most visitors expect to see portraits of stiffly-posed sea captains or stuffy businessmen in a museum. However, Nantucket’s history is more than white whaling captains and wealthy merchant families. Nantucket Historical Association’s collection contains thousands of painted portraits and studio photographs of people from many parts of the island’s diverse […]

Baskets & Bubbly
Nantucket Arts, Nantucket Events, Nantucket History & People

Bidding Has Started

The Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum (NLBM) and Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) are hosting the NLBM annual summer fundraiser, Baskets & Bubbly, with an online auction that continues through 9pm this Sunday, July 25.  The auction, chaired by Karen Butler and Jackie Kupper, includes more than 30 one-of-a-kind lightship baskets and […]

Nantucket Renaissance
Exploring Nantucket, Nantucket Arts, Nantucket History & People

Nantucket Renaissance Opens at the Whaling Museum June 18

The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) presents Anne Ramsdell Congdon’s Nantucket Renaissance, a new featured exhibition opening in the Whaling Museum’s McCausland Gallery Friday, June 18. This exhibition will showcase artwork by island artist Anne Ramsdell Congdon, displaying pieces from the NHA collection as well as from private collections. The exhibit […]

Weaving Past into the Future
Nantucket Arts, Nantucket History & People

Weaving Nantucket’s Past into the Future

Some are plain, beautiful in their simplicity and deeply colored by age. Others are elaborately constructed and adorned with carvings of ivory and ebony, scrimshaw, gold, and gems. They are round, oval, square, and even heart-shaped. Many are made to be totes and purses, with others designed as wine coasters, bread baskets, vases, mirror frames, ornaments, and even cradles.

New Ireland Tatanua Dancing Mask
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Nantucket Atheneum Donates Important Collection to NHA

The Trustees of the Nantucket Atheneum and the Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) are pleased to announce an important gift–one more than one hundred years in the making. A collection of historic artifacts, natural history specimens, and ethnographic objects from around the world, originally loaned to the NHA from the Atheneum […]