E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Fellowship

Information on the 2019 E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Research Fellowship will be available fall 2018.

In an effort to enhance the public’s knowledge and understanding of the heritage of Nantucket, Massachusetts, the Nantucket Historical Association offers an annual fellowship, the E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Fellowship. Established in 1999, the award encourages research in the collections of the Nantucket Historical Association Research Library and is open to academics, graduate students, and independent scholars. The Nantucket Historical Association is the principal repository of Nantucket history, with extensive archives, collections of historic properties, and art and artifacts that broadly illustrate Nantucket’s past. Topics of research for recent scholars have included health aboard whaleships, women at sea, scrimshaw, samplers, local artists, Nantucket’s architectural heritage, Quakerism, the African-American and Cape Verdean communities, the Quaise Asylum, and abolitionism.

Verney Fellows

Research Topics and Resulting Publications

Meaghan M. Fritz
“American Widows Willed: Extralegal Citizenship and the Literature of Womanhood”
Jeffrey Kovach
“Economics of the Leadership of the Quaker Women’s Meetings on Nantucket in the Eighteenth Century”
Sarah Crabtree
Tinker, Traitor, Coward, Spy!: The (mis)adventures of William Rotch”
Ben Shattuck
“History-based fiction: Edwin Chase”
Edward D. Melillo
 “Out of the Blue: Nantucket and the Pacific World”
Seth Bruggeman
“Ships in a Bottle: The History of American Maritime Museums in the Twentieth Century”
Brigid Harmon
“Feasts, Flogging and Famine: Complex Foodways on Nantucket Whaleships”
Elizabeth Watts Pope
“Life of Phebe Folger Coleman”

Research for dissertation: “The Fruits of an Island Education in Phebe Folger’s Commonplace Book”

David Milne
 “Curatorial & Interpretive Study of NHA Properties”
Bette S. Weidman
 “ ’Sconset-born Charles Frederick Briggs: Early New York Novelist and Editor” Historic Nantucket, Vol. 58, No. 3 (Summer 2008)
Debra McManis
“A Study of New England Farming”
Town Farms & Country Commons: Nantucket’s Agricultural History
“Nantucket’s Native Foodways” Historic Nantucket, Vol. 59, No. 1 (Spring 2009)
Renée Bergland
 “American Ideas About Women Scientists in the Nineteenth Century”Maria Mitchell and the Sexing of Science: An Astronomer Among the American Romantics
Eric Jay Dolin
 “The Whaling Industry”Leviathan: the History of Whaling in America (available at the NHA Museum Shop)
Susan Lebo
 “Native Hawaiian Whalers in Nantucket, 1820-60” Historic Nantucket, Vol. 56, No. 1 (Winter 2007)
Alison M. Gavin
“Poor Farms in Nineteenth-Century New England”

“The Asylum at Quaise: Nantucket’s Antebellum Poor Farm” Historic Nantucket, Vol. 52, No. 4 (Fall 2003)

James Alsop
 “Medical Practice on Nantucket Whaleships”
Lisa M. Tetrault
 “Phebe Hanaford: Early Universalist Minister”
“A Paper Trail: Piecing Together the Life of Phebe Hanaford”  Historic Nantucket, Vol. 51, No. 4 (Fall 2002)
Christina Gessler
“Harvest of the Heart: Themes from the Diaries of Nineteenth-Century New England Farm Women”

“Researching the Diary of Martha Fish, a Nantucket Farm Woman” Historic Nantucket, Vol. 49, No. 4 (Fall 2000)

Lloyd Pratt
“Reading Habits of Nineteenth-Century Nantucketers”

Archives of American Time: Literature and Modernity In the Nineteenth Century

“Literate Culture and Community in Antebellum Nantucket,” Historic Nantucket, Vol. 49, No. 3 (Summer 2000)

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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