History Topics

Over the centuries, Nantucket history has been recorded by historians, biographers, filmmakers, story tellers, and simply by the people who have lived through it. Here we include brief articles on diverse topics as recently told by Nantucketers and other lovers of Nantucket and its history.

If you are interested in contributing to this collection, please contact us at library@nha.org and let us know of your topic of interest.

Artifacts

The Nantucket Historical Association has over 15,000 artifacts in its collection reflecting the variety of island life from the native Wampanoags and the earliest EuropeanMore Read more from Artifacts

On This Day in Natnucket History Cover

This Week in Nantucket History

Nantucketer Amy Jenness shares her research on what happened On This Day In Nantucket History one day at a time for the past seven days.More Read more from This Week in Nantucket History

Elisabeth Oldham

Ask Libby

From her desk at the Research Library, Elizabeth “Libby” Oldham was an invaluable resource on Nantucket history to all—from renowned writers and filmmakers, to genealogistsMore Read more from Ask Libby

Illustration from the log of the Ship Washington, kept by Captain James G. Coffin, 1842-1844.

Whaling

From the late 1600s—when Nantucketers first gleaned the prized oil from small whales that washed ashore—into the next two centuries —when Nantucket whaleships would tra­verseMore Read more from Whaling

Watercolor "Moby Dick and Ahab " by Claus Hoie

Literature

This topic explores the special character of Nantucket Island as reflected in literature, from ship’s logs and journals, diaries, and music as well as it’sMore Read more from Literature

Rights and Race Exhibition, Hadwen House, May 26-December 2018.

People

History is quite simply the story of people and places.  Herein is a diverse collection about the special people of Nantucket.More Read more from People

Map of Nantucket, 1772, drawn by Dr. James Taylor

Places

There are many not-very-well-known stories about the places on Nantucket. In these varied articles, you might discover some interesting facts about Nantucket you didn't knowMore Read more from Places

NHA Curator preserving lightship basket.

Preservation

This topic offers some helpful suggestions on how to protect and preserve your own family heirlooms.More Read more from Preservation

Nantucket Roots

Genealogy

This topic offers guidelines to help you trace your Nantucket heritage and build your family tree. It also offers an entertaining look at some of More Read more from Genealogy

Photographic portrait of Elisha Pope Fearing Gardner, the poet of Poet's Corner

Fun Facts

Like any community, Nantucket has its unusual and sometimes quirky stories about events and happenings on the island. But considering Nantucket's unique history on theMore Read more from Fun Facts

The mission of the Nantucket Historical Association is to tell the inspiring stories of Nantucket through its collections, programs, and properties.

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