Partnerships & Collaborations

NHA collaborations with select colleges for on-island and class-based learning is building strong momentum. Students and faculty from Boston University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the New York School of Interior Design, Princeton University, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute have signed on thus far in 2018. This initiative is important because it gives preference to students coming on island from Labor Day through Memorial Day, rather than during the congested summer months when accommodations are hard to come by.

Thus far this year, we’ve seen great results from three such collaborations.

A group of four students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) presented this week to the town of Nantucket on the completion of a 14-week project in partnership with the NHA.  The goal of their project was to enhance the visitor experience of a treasured historic landmark on the island, the Old Mill.  In doing so, this group of students created four interactive museum exhibits that showcased engineering principles present inside the Old Mill.

Along with these exhibits the students also created supplemental educational materials such as a PDF booklet for children to use while at the Old Mill, a teachers’ guide to understanding the educational principles behind the exhibits, and instructional posters to accompany each exhibit.


Roger Williams 4 Whalers Lane ProjectStudents from Roger Williams University, School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation engaged in a semester-long study under Professor Robert Dermody, and in collaboration with the NHA, to envision and design a possible architectural solution for our newly-acquired 4 Whalers Lane property. They have presented their design to a panel of outside critics including NHA Executive Director James Russel and recently visited Nantucket to show their model to interested community members at an open house at the Whaling Museum. (See banner photo above.) Read more about the project.

The NHA and Salve Regina University’s Historic Preservation Undergraduate Department, based in Newport RI, have collaborated on a special project with unique educational opportunities.

In April 2018,  Dr. Jon Bernard Marcoux assisted by two students conducted a survey using ground penetrating radar (GPR) to detect subsurface objects at the Old Mill, followed by a report detail their findings.

Future archaeological excavations have the potential to improve our understanding of this site, and we anticipate further collaboration with Salve Regina students and faculty.

Salve Regina GPR survey at Old Mill conducted by Dr. Jon Bernard Marcoux and students.
Salve Regina University’s GPR survey at Old Mill conducted by Dr. Jon Bernard Marcoux and students.

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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