Moby-Dick Marathon
Friday, October 21
Noon – 6 P.M. at the Atheneum
6 P.M. – 10 P.M. at the Whaling Museum

Saturday, October 22
10 A.M. – 9 P.M. at the Atheneum

Sunday, October 23
10 A.M. – 2 P.M. (approximately) at the Atheneum

Nantucket Atheneum, 1 India Street
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street

The Nantucket Atheneum and the NHA of Nantucket present the Annual Moby-Dick Marathon, a community reading of Herman Melville's classic novel about whaling and obsession.

We have implemented a few changes this year! Instead of a straight-through reading, we will be splitting the reading into three days. The Moby-Dick Marathon will begin at Noon on Friday, October 21, 2016, at the Atheneum and move to the Whaling Museum at 6 P.M. and conclude at 10 P.M. It will then move back to the Atheneum at at 10 A.M. on Saturday morning and run until 9 P.M. that evening. The final day of the Moby-Dick Marathon will start at the Atheneum at 10 A.M. on Sunday, October 23, 2016 and conclude at approximately 2 P.M. 

Want to read a chapter? Sign-ups begin on Monday, October 3, 2016 at the circulation desk at the Atheneum.

Questions? Contact Amy Jenness at (508) 228-1110, ext. 118 or

Spooky Stories at the Old Gaol
Wednesday, October 26
6 P.M. (doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
$5/person at the door
Old Gaol
15 Vestal Street

Harvest FairJoin the NHA and Theatre Workshop of Nantucket for an evening of spooky stories at the NHA's Old Gaol historic property! Listen to haunting tales told by costumed actors in a one-of-a-kind historic setting. Get in the Halloween spirit with this all-ages family event!

Tickets are only $5 per person (cash only) and will be sold at the door. Please note: Seating is first come, first served, family style on the ground in the open elements.

Rain date: Thursday, October 27 at 6 P.M.

Food for Thought Lecture Series
Thursday's Begining October 13
Noon – 1 P.M.
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street

Join us for the return of the Food for Thought lecture series at the Whaling Museum this fall!

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

Did you miss any of the previous lectures? View them 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 Pearson

Family and Children’s Services of Nantucket Executive Director Tessandra Pearson 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.