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

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

Spring Edition 2019Spring 2019

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

Fall Edition 2018Fall 2018

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

Cover of Historic Nantucket magizine with a collage of historic portraits.

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

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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