NHA News Release: September 16, 2016


NHA presents Final “What’s on That Shelf?!” Program September 27 with NHA Robyn & John Davis Chief Curator Michael Harrison

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce the final program in a series titled “What’s on That Shelf?!: A Glimpse into Hidden Treasures from the NHA Collection” on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 6 P.M. at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street.

This program is 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. 

“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. This program is part of our commitment to making Nantucket history accessible to the people of Nantucket.” 

The theme for the final installment of this series is “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. Purchase tickets in advance at www.nha.org/tickets.

Event Information:

“What’s on That Shelf?!”: A Glimpse into Hidden Treasures from the NHA Collection
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
(Register or buy tickets in advance)