School Vacation Week:
Spring Vacation Days
April 21 - 25, 2014
Monday through Friday
1:00 5 P.M.

Whaling Museum
Discovery Room, 13 Broad Street

Need a fun activity to keep the kids busy during April school vacation week? Join us for Spring Vacation Days, a free community program for children and their families. This program features different crafts and activities Monday through Friday during school vacation week. The fun lasts from 1 - 5 P.M. in the Discovery Room at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street.

Join the NHA staff for with games, crafts, activities, music, and more. This year we will explore the history of the NHA's many historic sites while making a different diorama each day.

We will also work on the Discovery Room's submission to the Arts Council's Giant Magic Daffodil Garden throughout the week. Help us create another unique masterpiece for this new tradition! 

Entrance to this FREE program is through the Discovery Room on Broad Street. 

This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Nantucket Golf Club Foundation. 

A Night (or two) of Poetry
Friday, May 2
Saturday, May 3, 2014
7:00 P.M. (doors open at 6:30 P.M.)
$20 per person
Greater Light, 8 Howard Street

In collaboration with Theatre Workshop of Nantucket

The NHA and Theatre Workshop of Nantucket bring you a magical evening of poetic  works, read by Nantucket actors and community members. Featured authors include Edna St. Vincent Millay, Tennessee Williams, W.H. Auden, Emily Dickinson, William Shakespeare, and others, directed by Meredith Martin.

A not-to-miss event in one of Nantucket's most treasured historic properties!

Buy Tickets Friday, May 2, 7 P.M.
Doors open at 6:30 P.M.
Greater Light, 8 Howard Street
Tickets: $20 per person

Buy Tickets Saturday, May 3, 7 P.M.
Doors open at 6:30 P.M.
Greater Light, 8 Howard Street
Tickets: $20 per person

Special Lecture & Book Signing: Philip Hoare: The Sea Inside
Monday, May 19
6 P.M.
$20 per person
Whaling Museum
Discovery Room, 13 Broad Street

Join us for the world-premiere of author Philip Hoare's publication The Sea Inside.

A love letter to the sea, part memoir, part travelogue, and part natural history, The Sea Inside is Hoare's most personal book yet. Hoare sets out to rediscover the sea, its islands, birds and beasts, on a year-long adventure. Beginning at Hoare's home near the UK's Solent Strait, then swimming out to wider circles, roughly in the pattern of whales' migration, Hoare explores London, the Isle of Wight, the Azores, Sri Lanka, Tasmania, and New Zealand in search of encounters with animals and people.

Rich with literary references and historical background, he navigates between human and natural history, meeting scientists and tattooed warriors, and animals from whales to bizarre creatures that may or may not be extinct. Hoare describes encounters with our favorite sea mammals: swimming alone with hundreds of dolphins, he feels sonar pulse tick through his body; living on a boat, he learns to recognize individual voices in a whale pod and describes the tender call of mother to child. Like the works of W.G. Sebald and J.A. Baker, Hoare's The Sea Inside takes us on an astounding journey of discovery.

A book signing will follow the presentation.

Buy Tickets Monday, May 19,
6 P.M.
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street
Tickets: $20 per person

Food for Thought Lecture Series
February 13 – May 1, 2014
Every Thursday
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!

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

Watch the videoThursday, February 13:
Black History Month Lecture “Annie Nahar: Untold Courage” with Fran Karttunen and Barbara White

This lecture will discuss the story of Annie Nahar, a Nantucket native who moved to New Orleans and educated newly freed slaves after the Civil War. Annie Nahar was a beneficiary of the struggle for racial integration of the Nantucket public schools that had been waged by Eunice Ross.

Watch the videoThursday, February 20:
“Adventures on the High Seas: Sailing Across the Atlantic”
with Alfie Sanford

Alfie Sanford has spent his life sailing, both coastal cruising and blue water passage-making. In 1986 Sanford acquired Impala, a sailboat he had admired as a child. Since then, he has sailed her 75,000 nautical miles, including the 2011 crossing of the Atlantic with four young Nantucketers, the focus of this presentation.

Watch the videoThursday, February 27:
“Nantucket Wildfire Awareness”
with the Nantucket Conservation Foundation

This multimedia presentation will focus on NCF's Wildfire Risk Reduction Program. Speaker Jim Lentowski is Executive Director of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation. Under his tutelage, the Foundation's land holdings have grown from 1,200 acres to 9,000 acres, 30% of the island.

Watch the videoThursday, March 6:
“An Artist's Residency at the Vermont Studio Center” with Mary Emery

Mary Emery is the Curriculum Coordinator for the NHA's 1800 House Historic Arts & Crafts program. In this talk, she will reflect on her December 2013 artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center, a program in which fifty artists from around the world are awarded a month-long opportunity to explore an art medium while living at the center. Emery's focus during her residency was on Solar Plate Printmaking, a fairly recent development in the intaglio printmaking world. Emery will discuss the process and perform a small demonstration.

Watch the videoThursday, March 13:
“Adventures Motorcycling Around the United States” with David Dunn

Dave Dunn is a travel writer and filmmaker from Nantucket Island. Dunn has traveled around the United States on his motorbike to some of the most forgotten cities and towns the country has to offer. Dunn continues to travel, documenting the places he goes and the people he meets. In this presentation, Dunn will share his experience in which he hopped on his motorbike and spent a month on the road in the middle of winter in an attempt to help others, followed by the series of unforgettable encounters that transpired.

Watch the videoThursday, March 20:
“Behind the Scenes” with Jay Craven

Independent filmmaker Jay Craven has written, produced, and directed six feature films including Where the Rivers Flow North, A Stranger in the Kingdom, The Year That Trembled, Disappearances, and Northern Borders. His newest film, Peter and John, will begin filming on Nantucket beginning in April 2014. In this presentation, Craven will discuss his previous work as a director, and share behind-the-scenes information about his upcoming production on the island.

Watch the videoThursday, March 27:
“Tracking the Nantucket Railroad” with Lee Saperstein

Lee Saperstein serves on the Committee of Roads and Right of Way, the Cemetery Commission, and has served as Secretary of the Article 68 Work Group, which worked on rules for applying fertilizer on Nantucket. For his presentation, Saperstein will share iconic photos and information about the now defunct Nantucket Railroad, and the latest developments on preserving its place in Nantucket’s history.

Robert CocuzzoThursday, April 3:
“A Writer’s Journey into the Deep” with Rob Cocuzzo

Robert Cocuzzo came to Nantucket when he was seventeen to work as a fisherman. He later moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where he helped start an online ski magazine and began writing professionally. A writing position at N Magazine brought Cocuzzo back to Nantucket, and today he is the editor of the publication. He spent this past winter living in a remote skiing village in the French Alps, where he continued research for a forthcoming book. This will be the focus of his presentation as he discusses the lure of adventure and the price many pay to pursue it in the big mountains.

Jason BridgesThursday, April 10:
“Building Your Brand” with Jason Bridges

Leaving Nantucket's food industry after 11 years, Jason started Nantucket Bike Tours in 2011, accidentally created a digital media consulting business in 2012, and also works part time for the Town of Nantucket as their Digital Public Outreach Specialist. His marketing philosophy concentrates brand growth by collaboration and giving back to the island community. In his presentation, Bridges will demonstrate how building relationships via community involvement and the digital handshake can take your marketing to the next level.

Mary Malavase with her DaffodilsThursday, April 17:
“How to Show an Award-Winning Daffodil”
with Mary Malavase
Mary Malavase is a member of the Nantucket Garden Club and on the committee for the annual Daffodil Flower Show as well as an accredited judge for the American Daffodil Society (ADS). She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the ADS as National Youth Chairman. Malavase assists the flower show committee in helping people to stage and enter their daffodils at the show.   In her presentation, Malavase will show people of all skill levels how they too can be victorious at this year’s 40th annual Daffodil Flower Show, sharing tips and tricks of the trade from her years of experience.

Nantucket Cottage Style PaintingThursday, April 24:
“Inside the Nantucket Cottage Style Exhibition” with Robert Frazier

Join Robert Frazier, Curator of Exhibitions at AAN, as he gives a behind the scenes look into the creation of the new major 2014 exhibition “Nantucket Cottage Style: Drawing Inspiration from the Oates-Euler Collection” at the Whaling Musum. In the 1960s, Nantucket experienced a seminal influx of artists and artisans that rejuvenated the art colony born on the island fifty years earlier. Collectors Andrew Oates and William Euler were at the heart of this transformative period. Andy and Bill's vision for a "life well lived"—epitomized by decades of collecting crafts and fine arts—fueled an island lifestyle based on the beauty and simplicity of cottage-style living. This new exhibition, opening April 25, 2014, is a collaboration between the Artists Association of Nantucket and the Nantucket Historical Association.

The NHA Old GaolThursday, May1:
Special Preservation Month Lecture “Restoring the Old Gaol” with Mark Avery

In honor of National Preservation Month, join NHA Director of Historic Properties Mark Avery as he takes an insider’s look at the restoration of the historic Old Gaol property. Built in 1806 and originally dubbed the “New Gaol’ (old English spelling, pronounced ‘Jail’), this wooden structure at 15R Vestal Street was the town’s House of Correction facility until 1933. One of the oldest surviving jails in America, it is important not only for its age and unique construction, but for its role in the history of local law enforcement. The town closed the property and deeded it to the NHA in 1946. This property, now known as the “Old Gaol,” is being restored by the NHA with generous support from the Community Preservation Committee, the Massachusetts Historical Commission, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Check the NHA Calendar for more upcoming programs.