NHA Presents a Multilingual Moby-Dick Reading Event

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is excited to launch a new program titled “We All Speak Moby-Dick”: A Multilingual Reading Event. “We All Speak Moby-Dick” celebrates the diversity of the island through literature during the 200th birthday year of Herman Melville, the famed American novelist and author of Moby-Dick.  

This afternoon program will feature readings of select chapters of Moby-Dick in multiple languages, including: Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Bulgarian, English and sign language. Participants will be assigned sections in a language of their choosing and read for 5-10 minutes.

“This event, We All Speak Moby-Dick, is not only a title for the multilingual reading, but also sets the tone for how we view diversity at the NHA”, says Mary Lacoursiere, Chair of Education and Community Relations.  “It is the first of its kind for the NHA, and is an opportunity to unify the many voices and cultures on the island together. This will be a time to celebrate all that we have in common while honoring where we have all come from, all underpinned by this classical piece of literature.”

The program also offers a kid-friendly reading, as well as Moby-Dick themed crafts in the Discovery Room, along with cultural dance performances and international snacks.

“We All Speak Moby-Dick”: A Multilingual Reading Event, will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 4pm-6pm at the Whaling Museum.  The program will be FREE to all community members.


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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