Full 2021 Financial Statement
A Message from the Board President and Gosnell Executive Director
This report recognizes and thanks the remarkable generosity of our donors in 2021 and celebrates the achievements of our Board and Staff over the past year. 2021 was a period of both innovation and thoughtful execution. We look forward to reporting next year on 2022 with a sense of optimism and enthusiasm.
We have much to be thankful for. The report documents the exceptional support and high achievement by many. Importantly, despite the ongoing challenges of Covid, due to careful oversight, operations ended the year in a positive position with revenues exceeding expenses and no debt. Attendance at our flagship Whaling Museum was back to pre-pandemic figures, and we look forward to opening our historic sites this summer after almost a two-year hiatus.
In addition to operational excellence, the NHA had other notable achievements of last year. Let us highlight just two. In March of 2021, the NHA and the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum finalized their affiliation. By combining the resources of these two institutions, we have magnified awareness, access, and scholarship about this significant island craft. Then in December, Trustees voted to invest over $2 million into NHA properties over a two-year period. Already we have installed two new roofs and a new handicapped lift, upgraded security, and made major sewer repairs. We plan to touch every one of our 18 historic properties during the course of this project.
We bid farewell to trustees Chip Carver, Britt Newhouse, Olivia Charney, Finn Wentworth, David Worth and Kelly Williams and thank them for their many years of remarkable service. We enthusiastically welcome onboard Stacey Bewkes, Sara Schwartz, and Michael Sweeney knowing that their service to the institution will be equally exemplary.
Finally, we want to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of the NHA staff over the past year, and we offer a special recognition to Johanna Richard, who did an outstanding job stepping in as interim Executive Director during this time of transition. Together, they managed to creatively and effectively, carry out the mission of the organization.
As we celebrate our 128th year, the Board of Trustees is grateful for your generous participation and inspired by the passion and conviction of our Membership. Because of you, we can look forward to many exciting years ahead.
Gosnell Executive Director