NHA News Release: April 22, 2016

Summer 2016 Historic Arts & Crafts Courses at the 1800 House

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce another exciting season of historic arts and crafts courses at the 1800 House.

Inspired by Nantucket history, the NHA’s 1800 House program is dedicated to celebrating and reviving Nantucket’s rich tradition of historic decorative arts and crafts. Classes take place in a restored early nineteenth-century historic property at 4 Mill Street and are taught by artisans from Nantucket and around the world.

Upcoming 2016 classes begin on June 21, 2016, and include woodcarving, needlework, painting, scrimshaw, letterpress printing, ceramic transferware and much more!

“The 1800 House offers classes that highlight arts and crafts from across Nantucket’s rich history, from the whaling era of the mid-nineteenth century, to the thriving arts colonies in the 1910s and 20s, and then to the more contemporary arts of the late twentieth century,” says Brittany Thurman, 1800 House Program Manager. “The classes are designed so students of all skill levels can participate, from first-timers to experienced crafters.”

Back by popular demand, the NHA’s 1800 House Stitching Gams will be offered every Tuesday from June 21 to August 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the 1800 House. Visitors are welcome to drop in with their needlework projects at this free, informal weekly gathering, hosted by expert instructors.

For a full 2016 course description, please visit www.nha.org/1800house. To register for classes, call the 1800 House at (508) 228-1894. All valid NHA members qualify for special member rates for courses. Space is limited, and full payment is due at registration. All materials and tools are included in the course fees.

The 1800 House at 4 Mill Street was built in 1805 and donated to the NHA by Frederick Melhado in 1951. First occupied by the island’s high sheriff, who managed the Old Gaol, the 1800 House reveals the aesthetic simplicity and fine craftsmanship that characterized the Quaker-influenced houses of nineteenth-century Nantucket architecture.

For more information on programs and events at the NHA, visit www.NHA.org or call (508) 228-1894.