A Message from the Board President and the Gosnell Executive Director
Since 1746, the Old Mill has continuously provided for the needs of this island, giving it the distinction of being the oldest operating mill in the country. When the NHA wrapped the American Flag over its shingles this spring, it became a symbol of strength. Today, the NHA is the guardian of many of the cultural treasures that embody all that we love about Nantucket. The NHA recognizes its important role as a vital, year-round contributor to the island’s economy, culture, and social fabric.
As the end of the year approaches, we need your help. We ask that you support the NHA with a gift to the 2020 Annual Fund and, if you can, consider a supplemental donation to the 6 Ft. Guardian Fund. This fund was created in direct response to COVID-19 with a goal of raising $1.5 million over two years. These funds, which are above and beyond donations to the annual fund, membership, and special events, will bridge the gap of projected lost income for this and next year’s operating budgets. To date, over $1 million have been pledged to this critical initiative.
With excellent participation from the Board of Trustees, generous support from members and donors, and a voluntary 20% salary reduction from all staff, the NHA is rebalancing the organization while preparing for a post-COVID 19 environment.
We were proud to open our doors to the public this summer and fall. The Whaling Museum offered a safe and educational experience that was appreciated by many. This fall and winter, we turn our attention to the year-round community offering free admission, exciting virtual learning experiences, and collaborating with non-profit organizations to use creatively our large indoor spaces. Your donation will allow this good work to move forward.
Thank you in advance for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the Festival of Wreaths and Trees.
Chip Carver and James Russell