Nantucket Historical Association and Antiques Council Collaborate for the Nantucket Summer Antiques Show

The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) and the Antiques Council are pleased to announce a collaboration that aligns the NHA’s major summer fundraiser, Nantucket by Design (NBD), with the Nantucket Summer Antiques Show in August 2019. The Antiques Show’s opening night preview party will benefit the NHA as a principal fundraising event.

“As an historical association, the NHA believes that antiques play an important role in adding texture and context to the interiors of Nantucket homes, so we are delighted to be partnering with the Nantucket Summer Antiques show to incorporate a fun event for discovering treasures into our schedule for Nantucket By Design,” says Kelly Williams, NHA President of the Board of Trustees.

According to Marty Shapiro, President of the Antiques Council, “we are pleased to be once again partnering with the NHA on an exciting preview of the Nantucket Summer Antiques Show.”

Phoebe Tudor, NBD Chair, notes: “We are delighted that the Antiques Council will stage their annual show on the weekend of Nantucket by Design 2019.  The NHA appreciates history and the role it plays in people’s lives today. Attendees of Nantucket by Design will have the chance to see beautiful antiques and learn how they can be used in designs from any era.  It will be a terrific addition to the activities we have planned for NBD 2019.”

The Nantucket Summer Antiques Show offers visitors the opportunity to view and purchase the finest antiques in many categories presented by dealers who are experts in their fields. In addition to important dealers from US, the show also includes several dealers from the UK, Ireland and Canada creating an international atmosphere. The antiques featured at the show will include antique and mid-century furniture, and accessories, marine antiques, paintings, prints, botanicals and maps, silver, antique rugs, and garden antiques. In addition, dealers will focus on antique jewelry, clocks, vintage accessories, rare books, and antique wicker as well as items of special interest to the history of Nantucket. Additionally there will be a number of special events taking place at the show all in support of local island charities.

Nantucket by Design is scheduled every year during the first week of August. Events attract and feature renowned experts throughout the world of design. Highlights from the 2018 week included moderated sessions by Sophie Donelson, editor-in-chief of House Beautiful magazine and Chesie Breen, editor-in-chief of ID Boston magazine, and brought together the outstanding design talents of David Kleinberg, Amanda Lindroth, David Netto, and Nick Voulgaris III.

The finale to the week’s events was a sold-out Night at the Museum gala that honored Janet and Rick Sherlund. Janet is the immediate past-president and trustee emerita. The 2018 NBD week set a record and was the most profitable in the NHA’s history, raising close to $1 million for the organization.


The NHA’s mission is to tell the inspiring stories of Nantucket through its collections, programs, and properties.

The Antiques Council is a professional association of international antiques dealers dedicated to maintaining the highest possible ethical standards and quality of merchandise, as well as educating the public about antiques their acquisition and relevance to today’s interiors. In addition the Antiques Council provides management services to other not for profits and charities to produce fine antiques shows.


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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