Food for Thought: Every House Tells A Story with Mary Bergman

Celebrating One Book One Island, a community reading project presented by the Nantucket Atheneum with a mission to connect Nantucket readers through the written word.

Discover the historic houses on Nantucket that have been featured in works of literature, with Mary Bergman, Executive Director of Nantucket Preservation Trust, as we celebrate our OBOI event.

This year’s book is The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom. Winner of the 2019 National Book award.

“A book of great ambition…The Yellow House tells a hundred years of [Broom’s] family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America’s most mythologized cities.” (sarahmbroom.com). Broom’s debut memoir is the story of her family and her home in New Orleans. And a story of that city’s pull on her in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.Themes of race, discrimination, home, and identity make this a timely, relevant, and essential read for 2021.

This webinar will not be recorded, please tune in live.


Mary Bergman is the Executive Director of the Nantucket Preservation Trust. A writer and historian, Mary has long been fascinated by Nantucket’s built environment. She works to uncover the stories of the people who built and lived in the island’s historic homes and to protect our historic structures, streetscapes, and sense of place. Mary received a BA in American Studies from Smith College and an MA in Public History from American University.

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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