Who was Phebe Lovelace?

Phebe Lovelace was a heroic resident of Nantucket’s Asylum for the Poor On February 21, 1844, fire broke out in...More Read more from Who was Phebe Lovelace?

The Unemployable Herman Melville

After all this time, we are still learning a little more about Herman Melville’s decision to sign on a whaleship...More Read more from The Unemployable Herman Melville

Journal of the No-Name Storm

Also known as “the Perfect Storm” The following is an excerpt from Susan Beegel’s diary of the October 30 storm...More Read more from Journal of the No-Name Storm

Did men from New Guinea Nantucket neighborhood participate in the Civil War?

About twenty men of color who identified Nantucket as their hometown served in the Union Navy and the Union Army...More Read more from Did men from New Guinea Nantucket neighborhood participate in the Civil War?

Ships of the Boston Tea Party: Eleanor, Beaver, and Dartmouth

The Boston Tea Party was the culmination of a series of events that steadily aroused the ire of colonists who...More Read more from Ships of the Boston Tea Party: Eleanor, Beaver, and Dartmouth

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 genius”?

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 genius”?

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

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