Expanding on a previous NHA display, Shoulders Upon Which We Stand, which explored the Cape Verde-Nantucket connection, this season the Nantucket Historical Association is presenting historic photos, mementos, and a mini-theater with short films based on recently conducted oral histories from Nantucket’s Cape Verde community. The Cape Verde archipelago off […]
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Billings Exhibition Puts Rare Artifacts on Display
During the first 80 years of the United States of America, the China trade helped our new nation’s growth, economically and commercially. Merchants up and down the East Coast, including from Nantucket, sailed East to trade ginseng, furs, sandalwood, and silver for colorful silks, aromatic teas, exquisitely crafted porcelain, and […]
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 […]
Three Days Devoted to Design
Nantucket Island is known for its rare beauty and unique history. That beauty is alive in the gorgeous groomed hedges of ‘Sconset that surround their meticulously maintained famous rose-covered cottages to the stately, classic mansions of downtown Nantucket whose interiors are carefully planned to combine historic beauty with modern convenience […]
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 […]
Decorative Arts Classes in Remarkable Historic Home
Dedicated to celebrating and reviving island’s rich tradition of historic decorative arts and crafts, the Nantucket Historical Association’s Decorative Arts program, now in its 16th year, for 2021 is offering classes and workshops at Greater Light, 8 Howard Street.
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 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.