Special Lecture Series at NHA Whaling Museum

Nantucket's Portuguese HeritageNANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) welcomes NHA Research Fellow, Frances Karttunen for a special three-part lecture series at the whaling museum on Nantucket’s Portuguese Heritage.

The lectures will highlight the archipelagos that contributed to Nantucket’s Portuguese community, a photographic journey to the Cape Verde Islands and the Azores Islands, a history of Azoreans on Nantucket, and a grand finale of photos of individuals of Nantucket’s Portuguese community.

Frances Karttunen is a twelfth-generation Nantucketer, and a descendent of the first English settlers who came to the island in 1659. She earned a Ph.D. in linguistics and spent three decades at the University of Texas at Austin working on research projects that took her to Mexico, Finland, and Hawaii. After retiring and returning home, she has dedicated her time to writing books about Nantucket history. Her most recent work, Nantucket’s North Shore: A Neighborhood History, took twenty years from original concept to publication and was published in June 2014.

March 11, 2:00 p.m.
The Archipelagos of Nantucket’s Portuguese Community & A Photographic Journey to the Cape Verde Islands

March 18, 2:00 p.m.
A Photographic Journey to the Azores

March 25, 2:00 p.m.
The History of the Azoreans on Nantucket

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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