Who were some of Nantucket’s latter-day American Indian women?

When German-born artist Hermine Dassel came to Nantucket in 1851 to paint a portrait of Maria Mitchell, she stayed to...More Read more from Who were some of Nantucket’s latter-day American Indian women?

Right Place, Right Time: The Advent of Cottage-Style Living

Euler and Oates were in the right place at exactly the right time for taking advantage of a change in local economy. More Read more from Right Place, Right Time: The Advent of Cottage-Style Living

When did women first vote on Nantucket?

Women on Nantucket voted for the first time in February 1880. The Massachusetts legislature passed a law allowing women to...More Read more from When did women first vote on Nantucket?

The Spermaceti Candle Factory Industry in American Economic History

Recording of the The Spermaceti Candle Factory Industry in American Economic History lecuture given at the Oil, Business & Blubber...More Read more from The Spermaceti Candle Factory Industry in American Economic History

How a Nantucket Woman Made Macy’s

Nantucket women have a long history in business, taking an active role in running island stores while many men were...More Read more from How a Nantucket Woman Made Macy’s

Who was ‘Sconset’s “sanguine geniuis”?

In the late 1800s New Yorker Edward Underhill foresaw a prosperous future for the village of ‘Sconset. A war correspondent...More Read more from Who was ‘Sconset’s “sanguine geniuis”?

Who was William Flagg, and what did he have to do with the ‘Sconset Footpath?

In 1873, William Flagg, a summer resident of Nantucket, obtained title to a large section of land between the village...More Read more from Who was William Flagg, and what did he have to do with the ‘Sconset Footpath?

Before the Rockefellers, there were the Rotches, Part 1 of 13

View all articles in this series Summary: Three generations of Rotches dominated Nantucket’s politics, economy, and society. The rise of...More Read more from Before the Rockefellers, there were the Rotches, Part 1 of 13

For those who fail at business…there’s always politics, Part 2 of 13

View all articles in this series Summary: Like the commodity markets today, the price of both spermaceti and oil fluctuated...More Read more from For those who fail at business…there’s always politics, Part 2 of 13

The Tea Party: bad for business, Part 3 of 13

View all articles in this series Summary: Their journeys began with little fanfare. After selling their whale oil in London,...More Read more from The Tea Party: bad for business, Part 3 of 13

A different kind of sunken treasure, Part 4 of 13

View all articles in this series Summary: Little did anyone know in 1773 that the Rotches’ entanglement in Revolutionary politics...More Read more from A different kind of sunken treasure, Part 4 of 13

The Falkland gambit, Part 5 of 13

View all articles in this series Summary: The onset of war between Britain and the American colonies devastated Nantucket’s economy....More Read more from The Falkland gambit, Part 5 of 13

“No step between being clear, and death,” Part 6 of 13

View all articles in this series Summary: Unfortunately for Nantucket and for Rotch, troubles with Massachusetts were only beginning. The...More Read more from “No step between being clear, and death,” Part 6 of 13

Patriotism…and false flags?, Part 7 of 13

View all articles in this series Summary: Though both American and British officials believed he secretly supported the other side,...More Read more from Patriotism…and false flags?, Part 7 of 13

America’s first trade war: bad for business, Part 8 of 13

View all articles in this series Summary: Great Britain punished the victorious rebels by passing the Alien Duty immediately after...More Read more from America’s first trade war: bad for business, Part 8 of 13

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