Scary Stories at the Old Gaol on October 292014 NHA Diversity Festival
Sunday, November 16
11 A.M. –4 P.M.
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad St.

Join the NHA as we bring together the island’s cultural communities in a free day of celebration at the Whaling Museum with specialized programming for non-native English speakers. Throughout this festive day, the NHA will offer museum tours led by community volunteers in languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, French, Bulgarian, Thai and more, along with instruction for an array of family arts and crafts activities in multiple languages. Attendees will enjoy a day spent reflecting upon the island’s rich heritage in new and entertaining ways, including a Nantucket photo portrait station, games and delicious refreshments for all.

This program is made possible with generous support from ReMain Nantucket, the Community Foundation for Nantucket, and the Nantucket Cultural Council, a local agency, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Sponsorship provided by ReMain Nantucket Sponsorship provided by the Nantucket Community Foundation Sponsorship provided by the Mass Cultural Council


NHA and TWN present The SantaLand DiariesThe SantaLand Diaries
Thursday, December 18 and Friday, December 19
6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
$40 per person
Greater Light, 8 Howard Street

TWN and the NHA present two evenings of David Sedaris' SantaLand Diaries & Season's Greetings at the historic Greater Light. Adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello, directed by TWN Artistic Director Justin Cerne and featuring the return of John Shea and Gabrielle Gould whose last appearance on the stage together was 2010's Blackbird. Join these actors as they tell the hilarious tales of working as an "Elf" in Macy's "Santaland" all the way through to the horrifying and dreaded "Christmas Letter."

This promises to be a night to remember!

Thursday, December 18 $40 per person
Friday, December 19 $40 per person


Food for Thought Lecture Series
Every Thursday starting October 2
Noon–1 P.M.
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad St.

Our popular Food for Thought lecture series returns to the Whaling Museum for the 2014 season. Bring your brown bag lunch and join the fun!

Food for Thought features authors, filmmakers, businesses, organizations, and public-interest groups who provide engaging lectures on timely topics related to Nantucket.

Musicians Susan Waterfall, Allan Pollack, and Julian Waterfall Pollack founders of the Memdocino Music FestivalThursday, October 2:
"Creating the Mendocino Music Festival" with Musicians Susan Waterfall, Allan Pollack and Julian Waterfall Pollack

Join musicians Susan Waterfall, Allan Pollack, and Julian Waterfall Pollack as they share their experience founding and running the Mendocino Music Festival, a thriving Californian music festival now in its twenty-ninth year.

Joe HaleThursday, October 9:
"Illuminating the World" with the Global BrightLight Foundation Co-founder Joe Hale

Co-founder of the Global BrightLight Foundation and Nantucket resident Joe Hale describes his mission to bring light to the world's most impoverished communities.

Museu da BaleiaThursday, October 16:
"Whaling in Madeira" with Historian and NHA Staff Member Bob Hellman

NHA staff member Bob Hellman, an authority on historic whaling, will introduce highlights from Madeira’s recently renovated Museum of the Whale and provide historic tidbits about whaling in Madeira, an archipelago off the coast of Portugal. Includes a screening of a short film about the twentieth-century history of whaling in that region.

Ben ShattuckThursday, October 23:
"Creative Writing and History" with NHA Verney Fellow Ben Shattuck

2014 NHA Verney Fellow and author Ben Shattuck will explore his creative process, and extensive research, in envisioning the world of his forthcoming novel about eighteenth-century Nantucket.

Amy Jenness photo by Laura PlessThursday, October 30:
"Four Centuries of Nantucket Seasons" with Author Amy Jenness

Learn why presidents always visit Nantucket in the autumn and why Nantucketers have so much to celebrate in the summer with Amy Jenness, author of the recently-released book This Day in Nantucket History, as she shares tales of Nantucket’s rich history by season.

Author Barbara White and her new book Live to the TruthThursday, November 6:
"Cyrus Peirce, Radical Thinker" with Historian and Author Barbara White

Local historian and NHA Research Fellow Barbara White presents the findings of her new biography of radical educator Cyrus Peirce, a man ahead of his time who advocated for women’s rights, emancipation, and the peace movement on Nantucket in the 1830s.

Yoga Instructor Nantucket Sup YogaThursday, November 13:
"Keeping ACKtive" with Yoga Instructor Caitlin Marcoux

Yoga expert and breast cancer survivor Caitlin Marcoux reveals her fresh and creative tips for keeping fit and staying grounded.


NHA Robyn & John Davis Chief Curator Michael HarrisonThursday, November 20:
“Patent Models and the Invention of Safety at Sea” with NHA Robyn
& John Davis Chief Curator
Michael Harrison

NHA Robyn & John Davis Chief Curator Michael Harrison will discuss inventions dreamed up by Americans in the nineteenth-century to mitigate the dangers of working and traveling on the water.

NHA Robyn & John Davis Chief Curator Michael HarrisonFood for Thought media sponsorship generously provided by Novation Media.

The 2014 Food for Thought series is made possible in part by the M.S. Worthington Foundation.

Check the NHA Calendar for more upcoming programs.