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Happy Thanksgiving week from the NHA!

Pictured here is a watercolor by Tony Sarg, Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, with a scene of a turkey being surrounded by Thanksgiving and Christmas symbols.

Tony Sarg (1880-1942) was known popularly for his work as a puppeteer, illustrator, toymaker, window designer, and creator of the original Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons. Sarg began coming to Nantucket with New York friends in the early 1920s, and purchased a home on North Liberty Street in 1922.

Gift of William Baird, 1984.150.5.

It’s a busy week of holiday travel! We are wishing everyone safe trips to and from the island.

Pictured here is steamboat Nantucket, a side paddlewheel steamer that was in service to Nantucket between 1886 and 1910. It measured 629 tons and was 190 feet long. The steamboat was beautifully decorated, with the paddle boxes having painted half-circle designs and with copper fastenings. However, it was not designed for travel on the rough waters of the sound.

If you are on island and looking for an inside activity to warm up, stop on down to the Festival of Wreaths at the Whaling Museum (open 10am-4pm) and FREE for all to enjoy! With over 90 community-craft wreaths and a special display of Home for the Holidays, a collection of over 200 mini stained glass houses, it is the perfect way to spend your time this holiday week.

Photo was a gift of Betty and Gardner MacDonald, gpn4031.

In the log of the ship Mariner, George F. Folger recorded daily entries on the progress of a whaling voyage to the South Pacific from 1840–1844 and included notes on the weather, whales taken, and accidents, as well as sketches of birds, musical instruments, and people.

Learn more about the adventures of the Mariner and enjoy Folger’s drawings by transcribing a few pages of the log -link in story!

Please reach out to Ashley Miller, Assistant Archivist, at amiller@nha.org with any questions.

Log 143, Log of the ship Mariner, in the Ships' Logs Collection, NHA.

This stereograph of a floral wreath from our collection is getting us excited about the Festival of Wreaths opening this Saturday, November 19, at the Whaling Museum.

Admission to the Festival of Wreaths is FREE to all, and visitors are encouraged to explore over 90 community-crafted wreaths and bid on their favorite to take home at the end of the Festival (closing November 26). From traditionally decorated greens to unconventional arrangements, the Festival of Wreaths truly captures the creativity of Nantucketers!

Visitors, on-site and remote, can bid on their favorite wreaths in an online auction to benefit our year-round outreach efforts.

▪️On display: November 19–26
▪️Open, Mon-Sat, 10 am-4 pm
▪️Closed Thanksgiving day
▪️FREE for All

Join us for an Evening Celebration:
Friday, November 25, 5-7 pm

Stereograph from Josiah Freeman Studio, sg25005.

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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