New Arrivals, New Voices

Opening in conjunction with the 2014 NHA Diversity Festival, New Arrivals, New Voices invites visitors to consider the history of diversity on Nantucket, from the days of the Wampanoags to the days of tourism. In this exhibit, visitors will see how English settlers in the seventeenth-century; Azorean mariners in the nineteenth; and El Salvadoran, Bulgarian, Thai, and Nepalese families today met the common challenges of learning a new language, making a living, and finding a place to live.

At the heart of the new exhibit lies an oral-histories project spearheaded by Obed Macy Research Chair Betsy Tyler called “New Voices: Nantucket’s Diverse Immigrant Populations,” supported by a grant from Mass Humanities, the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. After over a year of collecting stories of recent Nantucket immigrants, the NHA will share them via a touch-screen computer.

Two-minute excerpts from nine recently collected oral histories of immigrants from countries such as Brazil, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Lithuania, Mexico, Philippines, and Thailand .

To hear their stories click on an image below:

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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