“Dear Absent Ones”

The Seafaring Pinkhams

This exhibition looked at Nantucket seafaring through the eyes of the Pinkhams, a local family whose sons and daughters went to sea over multiple generations. Explore stories of adventure, love, melancholy, and loss through the family’s letters, clothing, toys, furniture, and portraits. The exhibition featured a group of Captain Seth Pinkham’s letters to his family and friends, which were acquired at auction for the NHA in 2016 through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

“Dear Absent Ones”: The Seafaring Pinkhams was made possible in part by the generous support of the Charina Endowment Fund.

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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