NHA News Release: June 14, 2016

NHA presents “What’s on That Shelf?!” Series with NHA Robyn & John Davis Chief Curator Michael Harrison

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce a new program series titled “What’s on That Shelf?!: A Glimpse into Hidden Treasures from the NHA Collection” at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street, which takes place monthly from June through September. 

This series will be led by NHA Robyn & John Davis Chief Curator Michael Harrison, as he delves into the museum’s rich collection of artifacts and picks a “shelf” of objects to highlight each month. 
“We are excited to bring out of storage fascinating artifacts that haven’t seen the light of day for a while,” says Harrison. “The NHA collects all aspects of Nantucket history, and this means we always have more historic objects available than we can exhibit at any one time. These talks are part of our commitment to making island history accessible to the people of Nantucket.” 
The themes for each program are as follows:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 · 6 P.M.: “Drown Your Sorrows”
Featuring drinking-related objects spanning two hundred years of history, like a beer bottle recovered from the wreck of the RMS Republic.

Tuesday July 26, 2016 · 6 P.M.: “Life and Death”
Celebrating the cycle of life on the island, with objects ranging from birth to death, such as a model of Quaker hearse from 1919.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 · 6 P.M.: “Getting There Is Half the Fun”
Highlighting travel and transportation through the years on Nantucket, including a model of a Singaporean boat made of cloves, circa 1850.

Tuesday, September 27 · 6 P.M.: “The Gifts of Mrs. Durfee”
Showing an eclectic mix of textiles and family objects given to the NHA in the 1920s and 1930s by Mrs. Mary Hatch Durfee, descendant of a Nantucket family.
Prior to joining the NHA in June of 2014, Harrison had worked as a museum curator and historian for the last eighteen years. He has served as an exhibition curator at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.; as historian and associate curator in the maritime collections at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History; and as project curator of oral histories and photographs for the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Scotland. In his position as Robyn & John Davis Chief Curator, Harrison heads up the curatorial department. He is responsible for the management, care, research, and interpretation of the NHA holdings in the fine and decorative arts and historic and prehistoric artifacts.

Tickets are $5 per person per program and free for NHA members. Advance registration is recommended at www.nha.org/tickets.

Event Information:
“What’s on That Shelf?!”:
A Glimpse into Hidden Treasures from the NHA Collection
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
6 P.M. (doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street
FREE for NHA members
$5/general public