History Quiz Bowl
Saturday, March 7
6 P.M. (doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
$50 to register a team
FREE for audience members
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street

The ultimate Nantucket history trivia competition returns to the Whaling Museum! This light-hearted competition and community program, now in its sixth year, features teams going head-to-head for “history glory” and fabulous prizes in front of a lively audience of friends, family and local community members. This year’s questions will be derived from information found in award-winning island author Nat Philbrick’s book, In the Heart of the Sea, soon to be released as a major motion picture from Warner Bros. Entertainment and Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard. Teams are encouraged to read the book as an information source and study-guide before this year’s competition.

Teams will have the opportunity to register as a group of three members or register as a two of two members and enlist the help of an NHA “lifeline” player who will officially join their team on Quiz Bowl night! Lifelines will be assigned at random that evening in front of the live audience.

For team registration, please fill out the Registration Form (PDF) and send it in with your payment.

Contact Corey Fabian Borenstein with questions or for further information at or 508-228-1894 ext.112.

Treasures from the Vault: Still Life Sketching at Greater Light
March 14, 21, and 28
10 A.M. – Noon

$20 per person
Greater Light, 8 Howard Street

Join guest artist instructors from the Artists Association of Nantucket for an artistic retreat at Greater Light spotlighting artifacts and historical objects pulled from the NHA’s collection for one day only. Treasures from the Vault features instruction in basic drawing elements including lines, texture, shading, and composition, as well as insider’s access to treasures of Nantucket history. Don’t miss this intimate opportunity to engage with artifacts and explore your creative side!

Please bring your own supplies. Space is limited.

Sketching: Jugs, Pots, and Bowls
with instructor David Lazarus
Saturday, March 14
10 A.M. – Noon

Focused on sketching ceramic objects, this session features historical artifacts made of clay and porcelain, including a mochaware jug, a 19th-century soup tureen, coffee pots and creamers, and more.

Sketching: Lamps and Lanterns
with instructor David Lazarus
Saturday, March 21
10 A.M. – Noon

Drawing inspiration from lighting of the past, this session features objects used to illuminate daily life on Nantucket, including kerosene lamps, historic tin and pewter candlesticks, a small glass-lens lantern, and more.

Sketching: Tools and Baskets
with instructor MJ Levy Dickson
Saturday, March 28
10 A.M. – Noon

Heighten your sketching skills with the challenge of different shapes and textures in this session including a carved wooden goose decoy, a 19th-century lightship basket, a powder horn, and more.

Winter Discovery Days
February 2 – March 27
Mondays – Fridays
3 – 5 P.M.

Whaling Museum Discovery Room
13 Broad Street


Entrance to the program is through the Discovery Room door on
Broad Street

Need a fun activity for the kids this winter? Join us for Winter Discovery Days, a free after-school program for children and their families. Join the fun with games, crafts, artifacts, and stories, featuring a different theme and corresponding take-home crafts every week.

Extended hours will be offered during school vacation week, February 24-28, 2014, from 1 - 5 P.M.

Weekly Calendar:
February 2-6 Earth Science
February 9-13 Women’s History
February 16-20 Nantucket’s Marine Jobs
February 23-27 Nantucket Whaling
   (Extended hours for Winter Vacation Week)
March 2-6 Sea Shells
March 9-13 Island Origins
March 16-20 Nantucket Economy
March 23-27 Nantucket and the Civil War

Winter Discovery Days is made possible by a generous grant from the Nantucket Golf Club Foundation.

Food for Thought Lecture Series
Every Thursday starting February 12, 2015
Noon – 1 P.M.
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street

Our popular Food for Thought lecture series returns to the Whaling Museum for the 2015 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.

See previous Food for Thought lectures on the NHA YouTube channel.

Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals President Pam Murphy with two dogsThursday, February 12:
“Animal Welfare on Nantucket” with Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals President Pam Murphy

Learn about exciting new initiatives that can benefit you (and your pets!) with Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals President Pam Murphy as she shares the latest details on the NSHA’s growing roster of community programs.

Frances Karttunen and the cover of her book Nantucket's North ShoreThursday, February 19:
“Nantucket’s North Shore: Uncovering a Neighborhood History” with Historian Frances Karttunen

Local historian Frances Karttunen shares previously unseen photos and stories about Nantucket’s North Shore, from the early English settlers at Eel Point through to the Great Harbor and today’s Town of Nantucket. A book signing with the author will follow the talk.

Actor Neville Richen and Captain Absalom BostonThursday, February 26:
“A Portrayal of Captain Absalom Boston” with actor Neville Richen

Nantucket’s own Broadway-experienced actor Neville Richen provides a rich and vibrant interpretation of the life of Absalom Boston, the first African-American captain to sail a whaleship. Presented in collaboration with the Museum of African American History, the performance will be followed by a Q&A with Richen and play director Kate Hamilton-Pardee.

Betsy Tyler  President Pam Murphy with two dogsThursday, March 5:
“Nantucket Voices: The NHA Oral History Program” with Obed Macy Research Chair Betsy Tyler and NHA Oral History Intern Jacob Horton

The NHA’s Obed Macy Research Chair Betsy Tyler and Oral History Intern Jacob Horton will discuss the importance of oral histories, focusing on the NHA’s recent New Voices oral history project.

Thursday, March 12:
“Envisioning a New Elementary School for Nantucket” with NPS Superintendent Michael Cozort

Get the inside track from Nantucket Public Schools’ Superintendent Michael Cozort on the current state of Nantucket’s public schools and learn more about proposals for a new elementary school.

Thursday, March 19:
“Citizen Science on Nantucket” with Linda Loring Nature Foundation Director of Research Sarah T. Bois

Pitch in and get involved with on-island science research! Join Sarah T. Bois, Director of Research and Education at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation, as she details all the best ways to become a Citizen Scientist.

Thursday, March 26:
“The Secrets of Good Event Planning” with Event Designer David M. Handy

Event designer David M. Handy serves up the secrets to entertaining successfully in your home or at your next event.

Thursday, April 2:
“Inspired by Greater Light” with Photographer Beverly Hall

Artist and photographer Beverly Hall spotlights the NHA’s historic Greater Light property featuring Hanna Monaghan’s original monologue. She will also present an in-depth look at her Greater Light photographic series and discuss how the property has inspired her work.

Thursday, April 9:
“Building Your Brand” with Nantucket blACKbook’s
Holly Finigan

Connect, attract, and grow your brand! Join Nantucket blACKbook’s Holly Finigan as she reveals her top tips for getting the most out of social media and online marketing.

Thursday, April 16:
“From Renovation to Education” with ReMain Nantucket Executive Director Melissa Philbrick

ReMain Nantucket Executive Director Melissa Philbrick provides the inside track on ReMain’s major 2015 projects, including the renovation of 22 Federal Street.

Thursday, April 23:
“Inside the Stove by a Whale Exhibition” with NHA Robyn & John Davis Chief Curator
Michael Harrison

Join Michael Harrison, NHA Robyn & John Davis Chief Curator, for a sneak preview of “The World of the Essex,” a new exhibit featuring artifacts and stories surrounding the infamous maritime disaster that inspired Moby-Dick.

Thursday, April 30:
“Restoring the Hadwen House Garden” with NHA Landscape and Garden Manager Kathrina Marques

Expert gardener and NHA Landscape and Garden Manager Kathrina Marques will discuss upcoming plans to restore and renovate the Hadwen House’s historic garden on Main Street.

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

The 2015 Food for Thought series is made possible in part by the M.S. Worthington Foundation.

Check the NHA Calendar for more upcoming programs.