Historic Nantucket Magazine

The NHA’s publication, Historic Nantucket, draws readers into the history of the island as well as current events and programs within the organization. Themes as diverse as whaling, genealogy, and folk art are explored by contributing researchers and Nantucket Historical Association staff along with news from the NHA on our latest programs and projects.

For sixty-five years, members of the Nantucket Historical Association have enjoyed receiving this valuable and fascinating publication. For more information, or to contribute to the magazine, please contact us.

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Summer 2019Summer 2019, Volume 69, No. 3

Explore catalogs of the Smithsonian exhibit, as well as the New Fine Arts Gallery exhibit More Read more from Summer 2019

2018 Annual Report2019

Featuring 2018 Accomplishments, Giving, and Finances.More Read more from 2018 Annual Report

Spring Edition 2019Spring 2019

Featuring details on the New Fine Arts Gallery, Smithsonian Exhibit and more.More Read more from Spring Edition 2019

Catlalog Cover showcasing a color ful historic map of Nanutcket

The Winter ShowWinter 2019

Featuring a catalogue of NHA artifacts presented at The Winter Show and articles on the Nantucket-New York Connection and more. More Read more from The Winter Show

Fall Edition 2018Fall 2018

Featuring articles on The Origins of the Rainbow Fleet and Medicine Aboard Whalers. More Read more from Fall Edition 2018

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2017 Annual ReportSummer 2018

Featuring articles on 2017 Achievements, Giving, and Finances.More Read more from 2017 Annual Report

Historic Nantucket Spring 2018

A Tradition of Science and ExplorationSpring 2018

Featuring articles on Nantucket Women in the Pacific Northwest and the Franklin-Folger Chart of the Gulf Stream.More Read more from A Tradition of Science and Exploration

Historic Nantucket Fall 2017

From the Ashes: Thomas Macy WarehouseFall 2017

Featuring articles on the Thomas Macy Warehouse, carpenter-builders Holmes & Pease, celebrating Maria Mitchell, and the Nantucket Agricultural Society "Album Quilt".More Read more from From the Ashes: Thomas Macy Warehouse

Historic Nantucket Summer 2017

Nantucketers at WorkSummer 2017

Featuring articles on island history, whaling, and Nantucket basket makers & scrimshanders.More Read more from Nantucketers at Work

Annual Report 2016

2016 Annual Report2017

Featuring articles on 2016 Achievements, Giving, and Finances.More Read more from 2016 Annual Report

Historic Nantucket Fall/Winter 2016

Ideas, Intrigue & IntoleranceFall/Winter 2016

Featuring articles on the (mis)adventers of William Rotch, marital regulation in the eighteenth-century Friends Meeting, William Wilkes Morris, the Seth Pinkham papers.More Read more from Ideas, Intrigue & Intolerance

Cover of the 2015 Annual reoprt with image of the old mill.

2015 Annual Report2016

Featuring articles on 2015 Achievements, Giving, and Finances.More Read more from 2015 Annual Report

Historic Nantucket Spring/Summer 2016

Nantucket’s Design HeritageSpring/Summer 2016

Featuring articles on the advent of cottage-style living, the Alerion class sloop, saving Nantucket’s historic interiors, the early origins of Nantucket baskets.More Read more from Nantucket’s Design Heritage

2014 Annual Report2015

Featuring articles on 2014 Achievements, Giving, and Finances.More Read more from 2014 Annual Report

Historic Nantucket Fall 2015

Imagining NantucketFall 2015

Featuring articles on the power of Exact Imagining, historical fiction on Nantucket, how an Island novelist captured Nantucket’s past, Wonoma’s Nantucket.More Read more from Imagining Nantucket

Historic Nantucket Summer 2015

Big Ideas on a Little IslandSpring/Summer 2015

Featuring articles on the Nantucket Camels, Cyrus Peirce, Lillian Moller Gilbreth, Nantucket Islands Land Bank.More Read more from Big Ideas on a Little Island

Historic Nantucket Fall 2014

The World of the EssexFall 2014

Featuring articles on Nantucket 1819, Marquesas Islanders, of Melville, tortoises, and the Galápagos, Captain Pollard’s Lessons Learned.More Read more from The World of the Essex

NHA Annual Report 2013

2013 Annual Report2014

Featuring articles on 2013 Achievements, Giving, and Finances.More Read more from 2013 Annual Report

Historic Nantucket Spring/Summer 2014

NHA Historic PropertiesSpring/Summer 2014

Featuring articles on the Oldest House, Old Mill, Macy Christian House, 1800 House, Old Gaol, Thomas Macy House, Quaker Meeting House and Fair Street Museum, Hadwen House, Fire Hose Cart House, Greater Light, Research Library, Bartholomew Gosnold Center.More Read more from NHA Historic Properties

Historic Nantucket Fall 2013

DesertersFall 2013

Featuring articles on a Nantucket reunion in the South Pacific, Captain Charles Veeder disappears, a deserter in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, Alexander Hussey, Sampson Dyer portrait of a Nantucket mariner.More Read more from Deserters

NHA Annual Report 2012

2012 Annual Report2013

Featuring articles on 2012 Achievements, Giving, and Finances.More Read more from 2012 Annual Report

Historic Nantucket Spring 2013

Representative LivesSpring 2013

Featuring articles on Samuel Haynes Jenks, Jedidah Lawrence, Robert F. Mooney, and Eileen P. McGrath.More Read more from Representative Lives

NHA Annual Report 2011

2011 Annual ReportSummer 2012

Featuring articles on 2011 Achievements, Giving, and Finances.More Read more from 2011 Annual Report

Historic Nantucket Spring 2012

The Melville IssueSpring 2012

Featuring articles on editions of Moby-Dick, Nantucket's Morris Ernst, literature and life, "Mystery Man" identity revealed.More Read more from The Melville Issue

The Boston Tea PartyWinter 2012

Featuring articles on the Boston Tea Party, Crispus Attucks, and the Boston Massacre.More Read more from The Boston Tea Party

Historic Nantucket Fall 2011

The Whaling IssueFall 2011

Featuring articles on Herman Melville's Moby-Dick and the NHA's whaling logs, naming the Pacific islands, Nantucket whalecraft makers.More Read more from The Whaling Issue

2010 Annual ReportSummer 2011

Featuring articles on 2010 Achievements, Giving, and Finances.More Read more from 2010 Annual Report

Historic Nantucket Spring 2011

The Henry Coffin HouseSpring 2011

Featuring articles on Henry Coffin, the home of Henry Coffin, Henry Coffin Carlisle's attic museum, the garden at 75 Main Street.More Read more from The Henry Coffin House

The Presidential IssueWinter 2010

Featuring articles on presidential visits to Nantucket and presidential documents in the NHA's collections.More Read more from The Presidential Issue

Historic Nantucket Fall 2010

America, Whaling & The WorldFall 2010

Featuring articles on two illustrated Nantucket whaling journals, pets on whaleships, Thomas Nickerson's account of the wreck of the Two Brothers, Papahanaumokuakea Marine Nantucket Monument, the earliest picture of the Essex disaster.More Read more from America, Whaling & The World

2009 Annual ReportSummer 2010

Featuring articles on 2009 Achievements, Giving, and Finances.More Read more from 2009 Annual Report

Historic Nantucket Spring 2010

In Memoriam: Walter Beinecke Jr. (1918-2004)Spring 2010

Featuring articles on his personal philosophy, Walter Beinecke Jr. and the Nantucket Historical TrustMore Read more from In Memoriam: Walter Beinecke Jr. (1918-2004)

Historic Nantucket Fall 2009

The Hadwen & Barney Candle FactoryFall 2009

Featuring articles on The Hadwen & Barney Candle Factory, Edward F. Sanderson, the Macy Warehouse on Straight WharfMore Read more from The Hadwen & Barney Candle Factory

Historic Nantucket Summer 2009

Annual ReportSummer 2009

Featuring articles on the NHA Today: Museum as Community, reports from all departments, lists of accessions.More Read more from Annual Report

Historic Nantucket Spring 2009

350th Anniversary of Nantucket’s Early SettlersSpring 2009

Featuring articles on Nantucket's native foodways, highways and Nantucket real estate in 1659.More Read more from 350th Anniversary of Nantucket’s Early Settlers

Historic Nantucket Fall 2008

Whaling!Fall 2008

Featuring articles on race and conflict in the New England whale fishery and Captain Eber Bunker, pioneer of Australian and New Zealand whaling.More Read more from Whaling!

Historic Nantucket Summer 2008

‘Sconset 02564Summer 2008

Featuring articles on baseball, Charles Frederick Briggs, 'Sconset life.More Read more from ‘Sconset 02564

2007 Annual Report2008

Featuring articles on 2007 Achievements, Giving, and Finances.More Read more from 2007 Annual Report

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An Island of CharactersWinter 2008

Featuring articles on the Reverend James Crawford and William Benjamin Gould, Arthur Hayden and the Madaket Free Press, Reuben Macy, Flying Santa, Academy Hill.More Read more from An Island of Characters

Historic Nantucket Summer 2007

Nantucket Art ColonySummer 2007

Featuring articles on Frank Swift Chase, the Art of Maginel Wright, Robert J. Freiman, Sankaty light.More Read more from Nantucket Art Colony

2006 Annual Report2007

Featuring articles on 2006 Achievements, Giving, and Finances.More Read more from 2006 Annual Report

Historic Nantucket Winter 2007

WhalingWinter 2007

Featuring articles on Nantucket whalers in Milford Haven, Wales, the cruise of the Nantucket ships Asia and Alliance, native Hawaiian whalers in Nantucket, shearing day, Monument Square.More Read more from Whaling

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Theatre IssueSummer 2006

Featuring articles and reflections on the history of theatre on Nantucket including the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket. More Read more from Theatre Issue

2005 Annual Report2006

Featuring articles on 2005 Achievements, Giving, and Finances.More Read more from 2005 Annual Report

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The Old MillWinter 2006

Featuring articles on the portrait of Absalom Boston, the keeper of an excellent voyage narrative, and more.More Read more from The Old Mill

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Commemorative Issue2005

Featuring articles on the new Whaling Museum.More Read more from Commemorative Issue

2004 Annual Report2005

Featuring articles on 2004 Achievements, Giving, and Finances.More Read more from 2004 Annual Report

Of Whales and WhalingWinter 2005

Featuring articles on a scrimshaw discovery, the sperm whale skeleton, and more. More Read more from Of Whales and Whaling

GleaningsFall 2004

Featuring articles on the end of the whaling era, Tony Sarg, and more. More Read more from Gleanings

Summer StoriesSummer 2004

Featuring articles on summering in Windsor Cottage, the archaeology of the Polpis bike path, and more. More Read more from Summer Stories

2003 Annual Report2004

Featuring articles on 2003 Achievements, Giving, and Finances.More Read more from 2003 Annual Report

Researching NantucketSpring 2004

Featuring articles on Christopher Hussey, Susan Mitchell, and more. More Read more from Researching Nantucket

Saw a Comet Star Ablazing…Winter 2004

Featuring articles on a log of the whaling ship Washington, John Egle, and more. More Read more from Saw a Comet Star Ablazing…

A Nineteenth-Century ChronicleFall 2003

Featuring articles on black Nantucket, Quaise Asylum, and moreMore Read more from A Nineteenth-Century Chronicle

Nantucketers RememberedSummer 2003

Featuring articles about Mary Starbuck, George Nelson Macy, and more.More Read more from Nantucketers Remembered

2002 Annual Report2003

Featuring a letter from the NHA president, the NHA annual report, and more.More Read more from 2002 Annual Report

Vine & HeartsSpring 2003

Featuring articles on genealogical art, collections of the NHA Research Library, and more.More Read more from Vine & Hearts

Winter TalesWinter 2003

Featuring articles on William Comstock, the Old Gaol restoration, and more.More Read more from Winter Tales

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Nantucket HarvestFall 2002

Featuring articles on the life of Phebe Hanaford and Nantucket’s Agricultural Fairs.More Read more from Nantucket Harvest

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CollectionsSummer 2002

Featuring articles on collecting, antiques, David Wood, and more. More Read more from Collections

2001 Annual Report2002

Featuring articles about highlights of 2001 for the NHA, the NHA annual report, and more.More Read more from 2001 Annual Report

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Other IslandersSpring 2002

Featuring articles on Nantucket Black–White relations, Portuguese Islanders, Dorcas Honorable and diversity. More Read more from Other Islanders

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Around the GlobeWinter 2002

Featuring articles on Austin Strong, the South Seas Room exhibition, twenty-first-century whaling, and stories of global adventures. More Read more from Around the Globe

Brave BuildingsSummer 2001

Featuring articles about significant Nantucket architecture, salvaged materials, and more.More Read more from Brave Buildings

2000 Annual ReportSpring 2001

Featuring the 2000 Annual Report, an article on the NHA Research Library, and more.More Read more from 2000 Annual Report

SpiritualityWinter 2001

Featuring articles about religion on Nantucket, spirituality, and more.More Read more from Spirituality

Love, Marriage, & FamilyFall 2000

Featuring articles about women's lives in nineteenth-century Nantucket, courtship, and more.More Read more from Love, Marriage, & Family

Making Nantucket ConnectionsSummer 2000

Featuring articles about the Nantucket Railroad, New England linguistics, and more.More Read more from Making Nantucket Connections

1999 Annual ReportSpring 2000

Featuring articles on 1999 Achievements, Giving, and Finances.More Read more from 1999 Annual Report

Winter 2000 Historic Nantucket

Winter Edition Historic NantucketWinter 2000

This special edition of Historic Nantucket features a catalog of the NHA’s loan exhibition for The Winter Antiques Show in...More Read more from Winter Edition Historic Nantucket

Gold!Summer 1999

Featuring articles on the California gold rush, the Nantucket migration westward, and more.More Read more from Gold!

Historic InteriorsWinter 1999

Featuring articles on the historic homes of Nantucket, Hadwen House, and more.More Read more from Historic Interiors

1998 Annual ReportSpring 1999

Featuring articles on 1998 Achievements, Giving, and Finances.More Read more from 1998 Annual Report

Fall Edition Historic NantucketFall 1998

Featuring articles on Nantucket weddings, golf courses, and more.More Read more from Fall Edition Historic Nantucket

WhalingSummer 1998

Featuring articles on sperm whales, the tools of whaling, and more.More Read more from Whaling

1997 Annual ReportSpring 1998

Featuring articles on 1997 Achievements, Giving, and Finances.More Read more from 1997 Annual Report

Family RootsWinter 1998

Featuring articles on Benjamin Folger Franklin, Eliza Starbuck Barney, and more.More Read more from Family Roots

Summer Edition 1997Summer 1997

Featuring articles about the Nantucket-Newport Axis, a woman's journal from the ship Nauticon, and more.More Read more from Summer Edition 1997

1996 Annual ReportSpring 1997

Featuring articles about Nantucket needlework, NHA yearly reports, and more.More Read more from 1996 Annual Report

A Winter’s TaleWinter 1997

Featuring articles about Nantucket oral histories, sleighing, and more.More Read more from A Winter’s Tale

Nantucket’s Native AmericansWinter 1996

Featuring articles on the Native American Symposium, repatriation, and more.More Read more from Nantucket’s Native Americans

Historic PreservationFall 1996

Featuring articles about the Nantucket Preservation Institute, Dreamland Theatre, and more.More Read more from Historic Preservation

1995 Annual ReportSummer 1996

Featuring articles about Edouard A. Stackpole, NHA reports, and more.More Read more from 1995 Annual Report

Milling AboutSpring 1996

Featuring articles about the Old Mill, corn husking, and more.More Read more from Milling About

Maritime MementosFall 1995

Featuring articles about the gulf stream charts of Benjamin Franklin and Timothy Folger, meridian markers, and more.More Read more from Maritime Mementos

Westward the WomenSpring 1995

Featuring articles about Martha Dunham Summerhayes, Mary Ellen Pleasant, and more.More Read more from Westward the Women

Fish StoriesFall 1994

Featuring articles about Indian fishing, aquaculture, and more.More Read more from Fish Stories

The Centennial IssueSummer 1994

Featuring articles about NHA history & presidents, Nantucket's first swimming pool, and more.More Read more from The Centennial Issue

The Civil WarFall 1993

Featuring articles about the Nantucket militia, whaling ships in Confederate waters, and more.More Read more from The Civil War

Summer GatheringsSummer 1993

Featuring articles about the Nantucket fire department, the Sconset School of Opinion, and more.More Read more from Summer Gatherings

Nantucket WomenWinter 1992

Featuring articles about Judith Macy, African-American women on Nantucket, and more.More Read more from Nantucket Women

Precious MomentsSpring 1993

Featuring articles about photographer Maurice W. Boyer, Nantucketers in WWII, and more.More Read more from Precious Moments

African-American History on NantucketFall 1992

Featuring articles on the Brotherhood of Thieves riot, Frederick Douglass, and more.More Read more from African-American History on Nantucket

Summer MemoriesSummer 1992

Featuring articles about FDR's visit to Nantucket, early twentieth century summer pastimes, and more.More Read more from Summer Memories

RecreationSpring 1992

Featuring articles about early aviation, bicycling Nantucket, and more.More Read more from Recreation

An Issue of CollectionsSpring 1991

Featuring articles about whaling in the East Indian seas, NHA organizational planning, and more.More Read more from An Issue of Collections

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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