NHA News Release: January 26, 2016

NHA’s Popular Food for Thought Lecture Series Resumes in February

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce that the spring 2016 Food for Thought lecture series will resume on Thursday, February 18, 2016, with a new line-up of weekly speakers. This free community program is presented every Thursday from Noon to 1 P.M. at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street.

The spring 2016 Food for Thought lecture series features presenters from Nantucket and beyond. Speakers include local authors, photographers, and representatives of businesses, organizations, and public-interest groups who provide engaging lectures on timely topics that are aligned with Nantucket’s rich culture. Audience members are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch while listening to these informative lectures at the Whaling Museum. 

Food for Thought provides a fantastic opportunity for Nantucket residents to learn more about the island and one another,” says Marjan Shirzad, NHA Director of Visitor Experience. “It is so rewarding to be able to offer Nantucketers a free, lunch-time community program on a wide range of topics, from history to the arts, music to media, right in the heart of downtown.” 

The Food For Thought lecture series began in the fall of 2006. At that time, NHA Executive Director Bill Tramposch said, “The mission of the NHA is to infuse a greater appreciation and respect for the important historic role that Nantucket has played in national and world heritage. We also aspire to reach and serve diverse audiences as a year-round organization.” That mission is as central to the NHA today as it was then and the Food For Thought series is an integral part of the fall and spring programming schedule.

The 2015 Food for Thought lecture series is supported in part by a generous grant from the M.S. Worthington Foundation. Food for Thought media sponsorship is provided by Novation Media.

The February 2016 Food for Thought speakers are:

Thursday, February 18, 2016: “Irish and Scottish Songs of the Sea” with Musician Paul Connors

Musician Paul Connors entertains us with a variety of Irish and Scottish folk songs. Audience members are invited to be a part of the “crew” and sing along with these shanties!

Paul Connors has been performing for audiences for over fifty years. A Boston native, he has entertained audiences on Nantucket at venues like the African Meeting House, the Nantucket Atheneum, Our Island Home, Sherburne Commons, the Homestead, and more. His repertoire as a guitarist includes pop, jazz, folk-Irish, Scottish, Spanish, and German music. Connors is also involved with the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, and has played roles in productions such as Moby-Dick Rehearsed and 12 Angry Men. He and his wife, Justine, have lived on the island year-round for the last six years.

Thursday, February 25, 2016: “NHA Oral History Showcase” with NHA Oral History Fellow Jacob Horton

Join the NHA’s new Oral History Fellow Jacob Horton as he profiles collectors of oral history on Nantucket during the 20th century and provides details on the NHA’s latest initiative, the Volunteer Oral History Club.

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 on upcoming Food for Thought programs at the Nantucket Historical Association, please visit www.nha.org or call (508) 228-1894.

Event Information:
2016 Food for Thought Lecture Series
Every Thursday beginning February 18, 2016
Noon – 1 P.M.
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street