NHA News Release: January 18, 2016


One Book One Island Returns March 11 through March 20

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce the return of One Book One Island (OBOI), a collaborative project of community partners and sponsors that seeks to promote reading, literacy and community by encouraging everyone on Nantucket to read, discuss and reflect upon the same book. Events will take place from Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 20, 2016 across Nantucket and are free and open to the public.

The 2016 selection is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, the author of the best-selling book The Secret Life of Bees. Set in Charleston, South Carolina in the early 1800s, The Invention of Wings is a compelling story about the search for freedom and empowerment of two women – Hetty “Handful” Grimké, an urban slave, and Sarah, the Grimké’s idealistic daughter, who both strive for lives of their own.

Books are currently being distributed for free at Annye’s Whole Foods, Bookworks, Mitchell’s Book Corner, Nantucket Atheneum, Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Nantucket Dreamland, Nantucket Historical Association, and Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror. Please consider being a “One Book Recycler” and return books after they have been read for a chance get a special reward at the following locations:

One Book One Island is made possible by a special grant from the Tupancy-Harris Foundation and the Nantucket Cultural Council, a local agency, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; as well as the generous support of the following local organizations: Annye’s Whole Food, Artists’ Association of Nantucket Community Foundation for Nantucket, Egan Maritime Institute, Friends of the Nantucket Field Station, Maria Mitchell Association, Mitchell’s Book Corner, Museum of African American History, Nantucket Atheneum, Nantucket Bookworks, Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce, Nantucket Community School, Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Nantucket Dreamland Foundation, Nantucket Historical Association, Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror, Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum, Nantucket Preservation Trust, and Theatre Workshop of Nantucket.

Program Information:
Artists Association Gallery Opening “Pieced Together”
Friday, March 11, 2016
5:30 - 7:30 P.M.
AAN Johnson Gallery
19 Washington Street

Artists Association Talk “Quilt Making As Art”
Saturday, March 12, 2016
10 A.M.
AAN Johnson Gallery
19 Washington Street

Grimké Sisters Performance with Susan Lenoe & Lani Peterson
Saturday, March 12, 2016
4 P.M.
NHA Quaker Meeting House
7 Fair Street

Book Discussion
Facilitated by Molly Anderson   
Monday, March 14, 2016
2 P.M.
Sherburne Commons’ Living Room
21 South Shore Road

Staged Reading by Theatre Workshop of Nantucket
Correspondence of Change: Letters of Inspiration and Hope
Monday, March 14, 2016
6 P.M.
Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall
1 India Street

Film Presentation (title to be announced)
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
6 P.M.
Dreamland Theater
17 South Water Street

Frederick Douglass Performance with Guy Peartree 
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
6 P.M.
Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall
1 India Street

Food for Thought: Slavery and the Struggle for Abolition in Nantucket
with Fran Karttunen
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Noon – 1 P.M.
NHA Whaling Museum
15 Broad Street

Book Discussion with Molly Anderson   
Thursday, March 17, 2016
5:30 P.M.
Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall
1 India Street

Celebrate Your Family Story: Art Project & Storytelling
Friday, March 18, 2016
9 – 11 A.M.
Community School
56 Centre Street

Concert of Spirituals with the Community   
Friday, March 18, 2016
6 P.M.
Music Center’s Youth and Women’s Choruses
African Meeting House
29 York Street

Family Quilting Workshop  
Saturday, March 19, 2016
10 A.M. - Noon
AAN Visual Arts Center
24 Amelia Drive

Closing Reception at the Whaling Museum: A Charleston Buffet, Beverages, & Music
Sunday, March 20
5 – 7 P.M.
NHA Whaling Museum
15 Broad Street