NANTUCKET, MA – In partnership with the Nantucket Atheneum’s One Book Island Program, the Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to present a series of free events at the whaling museum. The One Book One Island program, in its twelfth year, is a community reading project featuring Transatlantic by Colum McCann as the book of 2018.
During the course of the event, the NHA is mounting a “pop-up” exhibit on themes and topics that are presented or alluded to in the book. This will include a range of objects from the NHA collection. The exhibit will be on display in Gosnell Hall at the whaling museum from Friday March 9 through Friday March 16, and then relocate to the Nantucket Hotel for the finale. The exhibit will include a deeper look at Irish and Irish-American history and how events in the past are relevant to the Nantucket community today. Civil War era and other artifacts will be displayed along with a selection of historic images from the archives.
Join filmmaker John Stanton at 12:00 p.m. for a special Food For Thought lecture in conjunction with the One Book One Island program, showcasing “Belfast: Peace Now What?”. This series of short videos filmed in Belfast facilitates discussion around the subject of the struggle for peace in Northern Ireland, a key subject in Transatlantic.
Also on March 15 at 5:30 p.m., the whaling museum will host evening lectures presenting insights and inspiring discussion based on themes in Transatlantic. Dr. Christine Kinealy of Quinnipiac University will deliver her lecture, Frederick Douglas in Ireland, followed by Dr. Catherine Shannon, Professor Emerita of History at Westfield State University, on The Irish Famine.
“It is a privilege to participate in this exciting and important community project,” states Gosnell Executive Director James Russell. “I feel a personal connection, as I’m sure do many on Nantucket, with the theme of migration as presented in the book. Remarkably, unlike 150 years ago, when coming to the U.S. meant possibly never reconnecting with family at home, now that watery space is shrunk to a cheap 5 hour flight.”