NHA University Virtual Event, Notable Nantucket Women—A Panel Conversation

Tune in for a NHA University virtual lecture with Dr. Valerie Paley in conversation with scholars of notable Nantucket women, spanning from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries, held via Zoom.



Dr. Valerie Paley is vice president, director of the Center for Women’s History, and chief historian at the New-York Historical Society. A graduate of Vassar College, she holds an MA in American Studies and a PhD in History from Columbia University. Paley serves on the board of the Nantucket Historical Association and is a member of the Nantucket Women’s Initiative committee.

Michael R. Harrison is the Nantucket Historical Association’s Obed Macy Research Chair. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he holds an MA in Museum Studies from The George Washington University. Harrison’s knowledge of Nantucket history is far reaching, and his recent research has focused on the history of Petticoat Row.

Dr. Jeffrey Kovach is a professor at Charter Oak State College in New Britain, Conn. He holds an MA in History from William Paterson University of New Jersey and a Ph.D. in History from University of Massachusetts–Amherst. The 2016 recipient of the E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Fellowship, Kovach’s research focused on Quaker women in eighteenth-century Nantucket.

Jamie Stiehm is a Washington journalist and public speaker, whose op-eds and essays on politics and culture have been widely published, including in the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer,  and Chicago Tribune. She holds a BA in History from Swarthmore College and an MA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Stiehm is now at work on a biography of Nantucket-born Quaker leader Lucretia Mott, with the research funded by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.

Betsy Tyler is a Nantucket Historical Association Research Fellow and served as the inaugural Obed Macy Research Chair. She holds a BA in English from the University of North Carolina–Greensboro and an MSLS in Library Science from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. Tyler’s knowledge of notable Nantucket women is extensive, as evidenced by the biographies she wrote alongside Susan Boardman’s embroidered narratives in “Sometimes Think of Me”: Notable Nantucket Women through the Centuries. Her biography on Nantucket whaling wife Susan Veeder, A Thousand Leagues of Blue: The Pacific Whaling Voyages of Charles and Susan Veeder of Nantucket was published by the NHA in 2019. She is currently researching Phebe Folger Coleman.


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