NHA News Release: May 25, 2016

NHA’s 1800 House Summer Social on June 9

1800 HouseNANTUCKET, MA –The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce that the NHA’s 1800 House Summer Social will take place on Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 4 to 6 P.M. at the NHA’s 1800 House, 4 Mill Street.

The NHA’s 1800 House Summer Social is a way for community members to get together and celebrate the 2016 season at the 1800 House. Guests will meet some of this year’s instructors, witness demonstrations of some of the crafts that will be offered this season, and enjoy refreshments—all on the beautiful historic property of the 1800 House on Mill Street. This event is free and open to the public.

The following instructors will be on hand to demonstrate courses that they will be teaching at the NHA’s 1800 House later this summer: Sandi Blanda (sailors valentines), Chris Bonelli (fish printing), Martha Polachi (basket weaving), Bee Shay (botanical printing), and Brittany Thurman (letterpress printing).

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.

Classes begin on June 21, 2016, and include woodcarving, needlework, painting, scrimshaw, letterpress printing, ceramic transferware, and much more.

“The summer social is a great time to visit the 1800 House to learn about this season’s offerings and to meet some of the instructors,” says Brittany Thurman, NHA 1800 House Program Manager. “Enjoy some light refreshments in the beautiful garden or venture inside the house and watch one of the demonstrations. There will even be a free small gift for visitors to take home with them.”

For the full 2016 course descriptions, 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.

Event Information:
Rossini Club at Greater Light
Thursday, June 9, 2016
6 P.M. (doors open at 5:30 P.M)
Greater Light, 8 Howard Street