Spirit Within Us

Life on remote, windswept Nantucket has always fostered extraordinary women. Intelligent, educated, passionate, and brave, they took on difficult issues involving anti-slavery, women’s rights, suffrage, and times of war. Despite obstacles, they each assumed roles and attitudes that were not common for women of their time.

Bringing just a few representatives of this remarkable group back to life to meet our visitors via holographic technology, they’ll tell you in their own words about their remarkable lives and the people they knew who inspired them.

In the Whaling Museum, Williams Forsyth Gallery
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The Road from Abolition to Suffrage

This is a story of inspiring individuals who moved Nantucket—and the nation—towards a more just and equitable distribution of political power. It begins with a simple will written in 1710 endowing a formerly enslaved man with property and runs up to the enactment of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920 granting voting rights to women.

In the Whaling Museum, Williams Forsyth Gallery
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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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