May Lecture Series at NHA Whaling Museum

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to present the Candle Factory Lecture Series at the Whaling Museum on May 15, 22, and 29, 2018.

Philip Hoare, Michael P. Dyer, Matthew Stackpole The Candle Factory Lecture Series features historians and authors as they discuss themes of whaling, from ships to whale hunt artwork, and the ways in which humans relate to the sea through stories.

“The Charles W. Morgan Restoration and 38th Voyage” with Matthew Stackpole
On May 15 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. join historian Matthew Stackpole for a lecture on his book on the restoration of the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaleship, and the oldest commercial ship still afloat in the United States. Stackpole also covers the experience of the vessel’s thirty-eighth voyage after undergoing an intensive restoration process in 2014.

“O’er the wide and tractless sea”: Original Art of the Yankee Whale Hunt” with Michael P. Dyer
On May 22 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Michael P. Dyer, Curator of History at New Bedford Whaling Museum and author of “O’er the wide and tractless sea”: Original Art of the Yankee Whale Hunt discusses the paintings and drawings found in log books, journals and manuscripts of America’s nineteenth century whaling heritage. Dyer highlights specific pieces of artwork and brings them together in the context of American maritime culture.

“The Ocean’s Skin”, with Philip Hoare
On May 29 from 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. NHA welcomes author Philip Hoare for a lecture drawing on his latest book, RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR. A professor of Creative Writing at the University of Southampton, UK and curator of Moby-Dick Big Read (a free online audio version of Melville’s book), Hoare looks at the ways in which we relate to the sea’s natural history; it’s whales, birds, as well as its myths.

For more information on this lecture series or other programs and events at the Nantucket Historical Association, please visit or call 508-228-1894.


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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