In Memoriam, Elizabeth Oldham

A Message to NHA Members
Elizabeth Oldham, at the dedication of the NHA Research Library, April 2001
Elizabeth Oldham, at the dedication of the NHA Research Library, April 2001

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Elizabeth “Libby” Oldham on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

Earlier this year, Libby retired from the Nantucket Historical Association, after serving more than two decades as a Research Associate and the Copy Editor of Historic Nantucket magazine, books, and numerous other publications. Libby will be posthumously named a Research Fellow at the 124th NHA Annual Meeting on July 6.

From her desk at the Research Library, Libby was an invaluable resource on Nantucket history to all—from renowned writers and filmmakers, to genealogists tracing their island roots, to school children wanting to hear “everything you know about whaling” for a class project. Hence, she became known as “the seat of all wisdom.” Inquiries came from around the world and around the corner. Libby particularly enjoyed a challenge that would send her deep into the library’s resources and archives for the answer.

In recognizing her remarkable knowledge of Nantucket history and dedication to the NHA mission, Libby will be fondly remembered as a friend and colleague by all who were fortunate to work with her.

Banner image: embroidered narrative honoring Elizabeth Oldham by Susan Boardman.

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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