New workshops are coming to the NHA’s Decorative Arts program held around the NHA campus at various historic properties and the Whaling Museum.

Workshop offerings will continue to be added so keep checking back. If you have any questions please contact

NHA members receive a discount on workshops, along with many other benefits.  If you’re not a member, become a member now so you don’t miss out on anything!

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Nantucket Historical Association

History Makers in the Nantucket Tradition

The History Makers series connects objects from the NHA collections with their history and the process of making the object....More Read more from History Makers in the Nantucket Tradition

Sailors’ Valentines

Sailors’ Valentines, at one point, were thought to be made by sailors aboard whaleships. The truth is these intricate shell...More Read more from Sailors’ Valentines


Nantucket has a strong history in the fiber arts, whether it be weaving, dying or printing, all have played a...More Read more from Textiles


Nantucket’s tradition in the needle arts has a strong history. Needlework was part of a young girl’s education and not...More Read more from Needlework


Scrimshaw is commonly known as the sailor’s art.  Mariners were at sea for several years and filled much of their...More Read more from Scrimshaw


Penwork decoration has been used since the 18th century on furniture, frames, and boxes, often to create the illusion of...More Read more from Penwork


Metalsmithing is a craft that has been an integral part of human history for thousands of years.  It has supplied...More Read more from Metalsmithing


When our nation was young and needed to store hats, clothing, personal belongings, and trinkets, they turned to bandboxes.  Sturdy...More Read more from Bandboxes

Decorative Papers

Decorative papers such as marbled and paste papers were created in the  book arts disapline.  Papers are created and used...More Read more from Decorative Papers

Private Workshops

Looking for a unique experience to do with your family and friends? Private workshops are available for you or your...More Read more from Private Workshops

Nantucket Basket Weaving

The tradition of basket weaving began aboard the lightships anchored off the shores of Nantucket. These floating lighthouses protected ships...More Read more from Nantucket Basket Weaving

Bird Carving

The art of Decoy carving dates back in America to the 1700’s making it a true American folk art. Hand...More Read more from Bird Carving


Letterpress printing began in the 15th century when Gutenburg created moveable type and beginning the printing and publishing process.  Prior...More Read more from Letterpress

Shaker Bentwood Boxes

The bentwood shapes of Shaker boxes have been the storage box for dry goods and household items and their descending...More Read more from Shaker Bentwood Boxes


Transferware developed in the 1750’s  has long been the method of surface decoration for ceramic pieces of pictoral images and...More Read more from Transferware

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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