History of Social Activism on Nantucket

Social Activism in Nineteenth-Century Nantucket Before there were protest marches and sit-ins on live television, 24-hour news coverage, and social-media...More Read more from History of Social Activism on Nantucket

Who Was Eliza Barney?

by Kate Stout. Eliza Barney filled volume after volume with a neat hand and assiduous accuracy, documenting the family trees...More Read more from Who Was Eliza Barney?

What is a swift?

Swifts (also referred to as wool-winders) are unique and instantly-recognizable creations. Used to wind skeins of yarn into balls, swifts...More Read more from What is a swift?

A Brief History of Quakers on Nantucket

The Quaker (Friends) Meeting House on Fair Street was erected circa 1838 by builder James Weeks and originally served as...More Read more from A Brief History of Quakers on Nantucket

What is the Nantucket Girls Song?

I have made up my mind now to be a Sailor’s wife, To have a purse full of money and...More Read more from What is the Nantucket Girls Song?

Herman Melville and Nantucket

Herman Melville wrote his classic novel Moby-Dick (1851) without having visited the island of Nantucket. The island and its whaling...More Read more from Herman Melville and Nantucket

Jagging Wheel

Jagging Wheel, 19th century Anonymous Ivory, ebony, tortoiseshell, brass Scrimshanders often carved jagging wheels in the shape of fantastic creatures...More Read more from Jagging Wheel

Harpoons

Harpoons were not intended to kill a whale, but to attach a line by implanting the harpoon’s barbed head into...More Read more from Harpoons

The Walter Folger Clock

The Honorable Walter Folger Jr. (1765-1849) was a self-taught mathematician, scientist, and astronomer, as well as a lawyer, inventor and...More Read more from The Walter Folger Clock

Getting Started in Genealogy

A few weeks ago I received a photograph of my great-grandfather, someone I only know from his Civil War pension...More Read more from Getting Started in Genealogy

The More Things Change: Diary of Charles Dyer

Occasionally a visitor will ask to see something in the NHA Research Library that rarely sees the light of day....More Read more from The More Things Change: Diary of Charles Dyer

Processing History

One of my favorite things to do is receive and arrange new donations, especially collections of photographs. I’ll be sitting...More Read more from Processing History

Researching your Nantucket House History

Many visitors come to the NHA Research Library to research the history of a house – sometimes because the Historic...More Read more from Researching your Nantucket House History

Drying Wet Books

We do live on an island and things get wet. The roof leaks. The basement floods. Occasionally, the whole street...More Read more from Drying Wet Books

Preserving Your Family Papers

In attics and basements all over Nantucket, bits of history are waiting to be rescued. Letters your great grandfather wrote...More Read more from Preserving Your Family Papers

Ship’s Logs and Journals at the NHA Research Library

“Tuesday June the 16th [Day] 482. Commences with moderate trades, course S at 4 PM Long. by Chro. 137.37.15, Course...More Read more from Ship’s Logs and Journals at the NHA Research Library

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