A Night of Holiday MagicA Night of Holiday Magic
Saturday, December 10
5 – 8 P.M.
FREE for children & NHA members
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street

Join your friends at the Whaling Museum for a special evening filled with the sights and sounds of the holidays! Gaze at the amazing assortment of trees in the Whaling Museum, sing along to holiday carols, make ornaments, and much more.

Guests will be treated to an array of live performances, including holiday songs by the Accidentals & Naturals, Nantucket High School’s honor choir, and selections from “The Nutcracker” by the youth dancers of Nantucket Ballet. Raise a cup of cheer in the Discovery Room, where seasonal treats await you!

Presented with the generous support of the Community Foundationís ReMain Nantucket Fund


Food for Thought Lecture Series
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street

Food for Thought features authors, filmmakers, businesses, organizations, and public-interest groups who provide engaging lectures on timely topics related to Nantucket. All participants are encourage to bring a brown bag lunch and join us for a different lecture every week!

Speakers for the Spring 2017 series will be announced soon.

If you missed any of this season’s lectures, you can view them below or on the NHA YouTube channel.

Jeffrey Kovach and the Quaker Meeting HouseThursday, October 13:
“Contrary to the Advice of Friends: Disownments and Transgressions in the 18th Century Nantucket Quaker Women's Meeting” with 2016 E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Fellow Jeffrey Kovach

From the establishment of the Quaker Monthly Meeting on Nantucket in 1708, the women's business meeting served a vital role in regulating marriage on the island. Toward that effort, the women's meeting oversaw instances of bigamy, incest, fornication, and exogamy within its membership. NHA Verney Fellow Jeffrey Kovach explores this important demonstration of public authority by the 18th century women's meeting that would help build the foundation for 19th century female activism.

Thursday, October 20:
Moby-Dick Limericks” with Christine Harding

Join writer Christine Harding as she presents a reading of her series of limericks inspired by Moby-Dick, presented alongside artist Susan Boardman’s embroidered narratives which were also based on Herman Melville’s classic tale.

Family and Childrens Services of Nantucket Executive Director Tessandra Pearson Thursday, October 27:
“A Look at Family and Children’s Services of Nantucket” with Executive Director Tessandra de Alberdi

Family and Children’s Services of Nantucket Executive Director Tessandra de Alberdi will explore the historical impact of mental health and addiction on Nantucket, and explain the organization’s current plans and services to meet the growing community need.

Nutritionist Kathleen Minihan Thursday, November 3:
“Nutrition, Health, and Enjoyment” with Nutritionist Kathleen Minihan

With an overabundance of nutrition information and opinion surrounding nutrition in relation to health and wellness, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Join founder of MiniNutrition Kathleen Minihan as she reviews key principles and tools to help guide you in establishing nutrition patterns to help set the right path to health.

Photographer Katie KaizerThursday, November 10:
“Capturing the Moment” with Photographer Katie Kaizer

Join Nantucket Photographer Katie Kaizer as she gives her insight and advice on capturing the special moments with friends and family during this upcoming holiday season.


Nutritionist Kathleen Minihan Thursday, November 17:
“The Status of Humpback and North Atlantic Right Whales in Our Waters” presented by the Center for Coastal Studies

Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) staff present the latest information on humpback and North Atlantic right whales off the coasts of Nantucket and Cape Cod.  Humpback whales in this region have been catalogued and studied by CCS since 1976 in a robust study including photo-ID, biopsy genetic work, and satellite tagging. Additionally, nearly half the remaining population of rare, endangered North Atlantic right whales come to the waters of Cape Cod and Nantucket to feed and socialize. CCS has been collecting data on individual right whales and their habitat requirements since 1984, gleaning information critical for the species' survival.

Novation Media LogoFood for Thought media sponsorship generously provided by Novation Media.

The 2016 Food for Thought series is made possible in part by the M.S. Worthington Foundation.

Check the NHA Calendar for more upcoming programs.