NHA News Release: March 30, 2016

NHA’s Offers Two More Food for Thought Lectures in April

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce that the spring 2016 Food for Thought lecture series will continue on April 7 and April 14 with new speakers. This free community program is presented on Thursdays from Noon to 1 P.M. at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street.

Thursday, April 7, 2016: “What’s New at the Dreamland Theater” with Executive Director Joe Hale

Thursday, April 14, 2016: “Summering on Nantucket: From Bloomingdale to Cachalot” with Marcia Butman

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 2016 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 Food for Thought series is dedicated to Nantucketer David Worth, a longtime program attendee with a near-perfect attendance record.

The April 2016 Food for Thought speakers are:

Thursday, April 7, 2016: “What’s New at the Dreamland Theater” with Executive Director Joe Hale

Join the NHA and Nantucket Dreamland Theater’s new Executive Director, Joe Hale, as he addresses future plans and programming for the Dreamland Theater.
In addition to his new role at the Dreamland Theater, Hale is president and cofounder of the Global BrightLight Foundation, which provides solar lanterns to off-grid families around the world. Prior to creating the Global BrightLight Foundation, Hale served as vice president and chief communications officer of Cinergy Corp. (now Duke Energy), and as president of Cinergy Foundation.
He has been a trustee (and frequently chairman) of more than a dozen nonprofit organizations, including Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Zoo, Taft Museum, Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati, Holocaust and Humanity Education Center, Hanover College, the Ohio Arts Council and Tennis for Charity, Inc, Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, the Community Foundation for Nantucket, the Sconset Chapel, the Sconset Trust, and the Egan Maritime Institute. During the past fifteen years, Hale has raised over $100-million for nonprofit organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hanover College and is a graduate of the Harvard University Business School's Institute in Nonprofit Administration.

Thursday, April 14, 2016: “Summering on Nantucket: From Bloomingdale to Cachalot” with Marcia Butman

Marcia Butman delves into her family history on Nantucket, exploring early “summering” on Nantucket through photos and diaries of her great aunt, Olive Dame Campbell, a long-time island summer resident.

Olive Dame Campbell, founder of the John C. Campbell (JCC) Folk School,  spent almost every summer of her life on Nantucket in beloved summer cottages: first in ’Sconset where the family rented Bloomingdale, now the clubhouse of the former Old Siasconset Golf Course, and later in Cachalot on Hinckley Lane. In 1912, Campbell’s family bought Hinckley Farm, still standing and occupied by her descendants, in town on Hinckley Lane.

Olive Dame Campbell and her husband, John, moved a barn from Cliff Road in 1918, and converted it to Cachalot, a small, charming summer cottage, located behind Hinckley Farm, where she summered for the rest of her life.
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
April 7 & April 14, 2016
Noon – 1 P.M.
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street