NHA News Release: September 9, 2016

NHA presents Our Nantucket Series: Celebration of Mexico on September 18 at the Whaling Museum

NANTUCKET, MA –The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce that the fourth installment of Our Nantucket, a community diversity series at the Whaling Museum, will take place on Sunday, September 18, 2016, from 4 to 6 P.M.

Focused on the rich and varied cultures that make up the island community, each Our Nantucket program will celebrate a different country while highlighting some of the many cultures of today’s Nantucketers. On Sunday, September 18, the NHA will celebrate the country of Mexico with an evening of food, song, dance, and more.

"Throughout its history, and into the present day, Nantucket has been home to an extraordinarily diverse mix of people from across the globe,” says Marjan Shirzad, Director of Visitor Experience. “We here at the Nantucket Historical Association are thrilled to celebrate this diversity with a new series allowing us to engage with friends, neighbors, and community members in fresh and exciting ways. Each evening of this series will feature tastes and sounds from faraway lands, and all of the events will share the common thread of getting to know each other and learning about different cultures in an inspiring atmosphere.”

At Our Nantucket, audiences will be treated to a variety of performances and live events throughout the evening featuring Veronica Robles, a multimedia producer, TV host and teaching artist. Robles and her students (ages 7-15) will regale audiences with authentic Mexican dancing, including an Aztec presentation, a Mexican hat dance, and more.

Veronica Robles is originally from Mexico and has resided in Boston since 2000. She is vice-president of LTV Productions Corp., and Founder and Executive Director of Veronica Robles Cultural Center. Recently she was appointed by Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh to serve on the cultural leadership board for the Boston Creates Cultural Initiative, as well as serving as co-chair for the East Boston Cultural Team. Robles is a member of the board of directors of the East Boston Chamber of Commerce and she serves on the branding committee of Lawrence Arts and Culture Initiative lead by Mayor Dan Rivera.

Each Our Nantucket program features a panel of guest speakers who bring awareness to their individual stories of immigration and relocation to Nantucket. Facilitated by the NHA, panelists share their memories of their home countries, along with their new experiences since moving to Nantucket.

Throughout the evening, a sampling of Mexican foods will be served, including tacos, tamales, flautas, and tres leches cake.

Marjan Shirzad, NHA Director of Visitor Experience adds, “It’s so wonderful to be working with community partners like Maria Partida and Jackie Echeverria, who have been volunteering at the NHA Diversity Festival for years and are now part of this initiative. Through this program series, we are honored to serve as a gathering place for increased global understanding and celebration.”

The Our Nantucket series is made possible with generous support from the Community Foundation for Nantucket; Nantucket Bank, a Division of Blue Hills Bank; and the M.S. Worthington Foundation.

Additional Our Nantucket programs will be offered later this fall.

For more information, visit NHA.org or call (508) 228-1894.

Event Information:
Our Nantucket: Mexico
Sunday, September 18, 2016
4 – 6 P.M.
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street