NHA News Release: January 19, 2016


NHA Announces Volunteer Oral History Club

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce a new Volunteer Oral History Club, facilitated by the organization’s 2016 Oral History Fellow Jacob Horton and overseen by NHA Obed Macy Research Chair Betsy Tyler.

Oral history is the recording of personal history through long-form interviews. The NHA has been collecting and archiving oral histories for more than sixty years, most recently for the New Voices: Nantucket’s Diverse Immigrant Populations project corresponding with the New Arrivals, New Voices exhibit in the Nantucket Corner at the Whaling Museum.

This brand-new oral history program will focus on using community volunteers to conduct interviews for two active collections that will explore the histories of long-time Nantucketers, as well as relative newcomers to the island.

“Oral history helps us understand Nantucket from the perspective of those who live and work here,” says Betsy Tyler, NHA Obed Macy Research Chair. “The interviews we collect today will help historians to tell our stories tomorrow.”

Interested volunteers are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 5:30 P.M. at the NHA’s Greater Light historic property at 8 Howard Street. This meeting will outline the expectations of the club, which will operate February through June 2016. Volunteers will be asked to commit four hours of time each week and will meet regularly to discuss the collection and share their contributions.

“I hope that the club will attract people interested in sharing and learning about the histories of their friends and neighbors,” says Jacob Horton, NHA Oral History Fellow.

Horton began as the NHA’s first Oral History intern in September 2014. During that time, his main focus was collecting interviews with first-generation immigrants who had made Nantucket their home. He holds a Master of Arts in Oral History from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from UCLA.

For more information, please visit www.nha.org or call 508-228-1894.