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The original digital exhibition, installed at Greater Light and on which this web version is based, was made possible by a gift from Jay Bauer in memory of his wife Binnie Bauer.


Karen MacNab (voice of Hanna Monaghan)
Elizabeth Oldham (voice of Dr. Selina Tetzlaff Johnson)

The Peekers
Doug Burch
Patti Clinton
Daniel “Pat” Crowther
Margaret “Tinka” Esteban
Frances Karttunen
Patricia Keady
Eileen McGrath
Francis Pease
Lyn Storer
Bruce Watts

Curated by

Benjamin Simons, Former NHA Robyn & John Davis Chief Curator

Designed and Produced by

Al and Mary Novissimo, Novation Media, Nantucket


Mary Novissimo
Benjamin Simons

Research Assistance

Georgen Charnes
Marie Henke
Elizabeth Oldham

Curatorial Assistance

Sarah Parks

Copy Editor

Elizabeth Oldham

Oral Histories Conducted by

Julie Broadbent, 2010 NHA Education Intern
Claire White, 2010 NHA Education Intern


Jeffrey Allen Photography
Tony Dumitru
Beverly Hall
Samuel Kissel
Al Novissimo
Mary Novissimo
Caroline Sollmann, 2011 NHA Curatorial Intern

Interactive Environment, Video Editing and Animation, Audio Recording and Editing, Digital Restoration

Novation Media, Nantucket


Greater Light on Nantucket, A Memoir, Hanna D. Monaghan. Philadelphia: Hill House, 1973.

Greater Light, Preservation Institute: Nantucket (PI:N), Historic Structure Report No. 102, 1983.

Greater Light, Nantucket, Massachusetts, Preservation Institute: Nantucket (PI:N), Historic Structure Report, 1995.

Greater Light: A House History, Betsy Tyler. Nantucket Historical Association, 2007.

“Interview with Dr. Selina Johnson,” Lori Susanne Smith, Preservation Institute: Nantucket (PI:N), 1983.

“The Greater Light: Condition, Restoration, Conservation Report,” Nantucket Historical Association, 1982.

The Greater Light, Lori Susanne Smith, Preservation Institute: Nantucket (PI:N), 1983.

Nantucket Historical Association Artifact and Archive Collections

Selected Images Courtesy of

Hanna D. Monaghan Trust

The Collections of the Nantucket Historical Association

Preservation Institute: Nantucket

The Old Brick Layer. Photograph by Gertrude Jekyll. Old West Surrey (1904)

Chip Webster & Associates, Greater Light Restoration Plans, 2008


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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