Kurkpatrick Dorsey author of WHales & NationsLecture & Book Signing
with Kurkpatrick Dorsey:
Whales and Nations

Monday, September 8
6 P.M.(doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
$5 per person
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street



Join the NHA for a special lecture and book signing with Kurkpatrick Dorsey, author of Whales and Nations: Environmental Diplomacy on the High Seas. Before commercial whaling was outlawed in the 1980s, diplomats, scientists, bureaucrats, environmentalists, and sometimes even whalers themselves attempted to create an international regulatory framework that would allow for a sustainable whaling industry.

A book signing will follow the presentation.


John Mitchell Author of Sanctuary

Creative Writing Events with John Mitchell

Mass Audubon SocietyMitchell is author of the Scratch Flat Chronicles, a series of five books detailing his incredible 40-year journey to restore and revitalize a single square mile of land in eastern Massachusetts. During his time on the land and in his books, Mitchell explores issues of time, place, and the endurance of the natural world. He is also the editor of the award-winning Sanctuary magazine, published by the Mass Audubon Society, and, in 2000, was presented with the New England Booksellers’ Award in recognition of his exceptional body of work.

Special Lecture: "Time, Place, and the Preservation of Landscape"
Thursday, September 11
6 P.M.(doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
$10 per person
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street



The NHA is excited to John Mitchell to Nantucket for a special lecture exploring the interrelationship between a strong sense of place and landscape preservation.

The Craft of Writing: A Discussion with John Mitchell
Saturday, September 13
10 A.M.-1 P.M.
$25 per person
Greater Light, 8 Howard Street



The NHA is excited to welcome John Mitchell to Nantucket for a one-day creative writing workshop exploring ideas of place, space, and the craft of writing itself.


Twelve Angry Men
Friday, September 12
7 P.M.(doors open at 6:30 P.M.)
$20 per person
Quaker Meeting House, 7 Fair Street



The NHA and Theatre Workshop of Nantucket (TWN) are pleased to present a reading of Reginald Rose’s iconic courtroom drama, Twelve Angry Men.

Beyond the shadow of a doubt: One lone jury raises this question and creates one of the most compelling drama’s to ever walk upon the stage. Twelve Angry Men centers on the deliberation of a jury over a homicide trial. At the top, all jurors are in agreement of guilty verdict until one lone member murmurs the question of reasonable doubt. Originally produced for television in 1954, re-written for the stage in 1955 and produced as a film in 1957, Twelve Angry Men is as relevant today as ever as a courtroom drama that explores the repercussions of our decisions in life, and death.


The NHA's newly restored Old GaolNHA Old Gaol
Community Reception
Tuesday, September 16
46 P.M. (guided tour at 4:30 P.M.)
Old Gaol, 15R Vestal Street

Join the NHA for this free event to celebrate the recent restoration of the Old Gaol historic property (old English spelling, pronounced ‘Jail’).  At this open house, community members can enjoy light refreshments and experience this historic site with a guided tour at 4:30 P.M. by Mark Avery, NHA Director of Historic Properties, and Betsy Tyler, NHA Obed Macy Research Chair.

This year-long restoration project was made possible by a matching grant from the Massachusetts Preservation Project Fund through the Massachusetts Historical Commission, Secretary of the Commonwealth, William Francis Galvin, Chairman; the Abiah Folger Franklin Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution; the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Nantucket Community Preservation Committee.


The NHA's Oldest HouseFour Centuries Domestic Tour
with the NHA & MMA

Saturday, September 20
10 A.M.–Noon
$5 per person
Oldest House, 16 Sunset Hill

A unique collaborative walking tour with the curator of the Mitchell House at the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association, and a NHA historic site Interpreter that looks at the changes in domestic life over four centuries and how it shaped homes, buildings, neighborhoods, and land use.  Participants should meet at the Oldest House, with the tour ending on Main Street.  Cost is $5 per person at the door. Cash only.


Walden Chamber PlayersWalden Chamber Players Concert
Friday, September 26
7 P.M.(doors open at 6:30 P.M.)
$10 per person
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street



The NHA is pleased to present the return of the world-famous Walden Chamber Players for two performances at the Whaling Museum this autumn.

One of the most exciting and versatile chamber groups performing today, the Walden Chamber Players will bring together rousing and eclectic combination of classical instrumentation with a piano quintet ensemble that draws from a rich palette of sources and styles. Friday evening’s performance will feature the following classical pieces:

Mozart: Piano Quartet in Eflat, KV493
Brahms: Horn Trio
Fauré: Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 15


Waterfall Pollack Family Concert
Thursday, October 2
6 P.M.(doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
$10 per person
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street



Join the NHA for an unforgettable night of music featuring the Waterfall Pollack Family. Co-founders of the Mendocino Music Festival, pianist Susan Waterfall and composer/saxophonist Allan Pollack will perform with their son Julian, a musical prodigy and accomplished pianist. Featuring a range of musical styles from classical to hip hop to jazz, this special concert will also feature engaging conversation with the Waterfall Pollacks about music in our changing world and the importance of place in the musical community.


Food for Thought Lecture Series
Every Thursday starting October 16
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.


Check the NHA Calendar for more upcoming programs.