NHA News Release: October 3, 2016

NHA’s Popular Food for Thought Lecture Series Resumes in October

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce that the fall 2016 Food for Thought lecture series will resume on Thursday, October 13, 2016, with a new line-up of weekly speakers. This free community program is presented every Thursday from Noon to 1 P.M. at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street.

The fall 2016 Food for Thought lecture series features presenters from Nantucket and beyond. Speakers include local authors, photographers, and representatives of businesses, organizations, and public-interest groups who provide engaging lectures on timely topics that are aligned with Nantucket’s rich culture. Audience members are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch while listening to these informative lectures at the Whaling Museum. 

Food for Thought provides a fantastic opportunity for Nantucket residents to learn more about the island and one another,” says Marjan Shirzad, NHA Director of Visitor Experience. “It is so rewarding to be able to offer Nantucketers a free, lunch-time community program on a wide range of topics, from history to the arts, music to nutrition, right in the heart of downtown.” 

The Food For Thought lecture series began in the fall of 2006.  At that time, NHA Executive Director Bill Tramposch said, “The mission of the NHA is to infuse a greater appreciation and respect for the important historic role that Nantucket has played in national and world heritage. We also aspire to reach and serve diverse audiences as a year-round organization.” That mission is as central to the NHA today as it was then and the Food For Thought series is an integral part of the fall and spring programming schedule.

The 2016 Food for Thought lecture series is supported in part by a generous grant from the M.S. Worthington Foundation. Food for Thought media sponsorship is provided by Novation Media.

The October 2016 Food for Thought speakers are:

Thursday, October 13, 2016: “Contrary to the Advice of Friends: Disownments and Transgressions in the 18th-Century Nantucket Quaker Women's Meeting” with NHA Verney Fellow Jeffrey Kovach

From the establishment of the Quaker Monthly Meeting on Nantucket in 1708, the women's business meeting served a vital role in regulating marriage on the island. Toward that effort, the women's meeting oversaw instances of bigamy, incest, fornication, and exogamy within its membership. NHA Verney Fellow Jeffrey Kovach explores this important demonstration of public authority by the 18th-century women's meeting that would help build the foundation for 19th-century female activism.

Jeffrey Kovach earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015. He currently teaches history at Charter Oak State College and Gateway Community College, both in Connecticut. He lives in Colchester, Connecticut with his wife, Jill, and their son, Hunter.

Thursday, October 20: “Moby-Dick Limericks” with Writer Christine Harding

Join writer Christine Harding as she presents a reading of her series of limericks inspired by Moby-Dick, presented alongside artist Susan Boardman’s embroidered narratives which were also based on Herman Melville’s classic tale.

Christine Harding is a freelance researcher and writer, working on house histories for Nantucket Preservation Trust. A graduate of Wells College and Syracuse University, she holds a B.A. in English Literature and an M.S. in Secondary English Education. She previously worked as a high school English teacher in Clinton, New York, and owned Sheep to Shore, a knitting shop on Nantucket.

Thursday, October 27: “A Look at Family and Children’s Services of Nantucket” with Executive Director Tessandra Pearson

Family and Children’s Services of Nantucket Executive Director, Tessandra Pearson, will explore the historical impact of mental health and addiction on Nantucket and will explain the organization’s current plans and services to meet the growing community need.

Tessandra Pearson received her B.S. in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. After several years in hospitality management, she went back for her graduate degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Medicine. “Washing ashore” over five years ago, she continues to be committed to improving mental-health services for all island residents. Outside of work, Pearson loves spending time exploring the outdoors, traveling to see family in Spain and England, cooking with friends, and reading on the beach.

For more information on upcoming Food for Thought programs at the Nantucket Historical Association, please visit www.nha.org or call (508) 228-1894.

Event Information:
2016 Food for Thought Lecture Series
Every Thursday beginning October 13, 2016
Noon – 1 P.M.
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street