Mocha Dick: The Legend and Fury Children's BookMocha Dick: The Legend and Fury Children's Book Signing with
Brian Heinz & Randall Enos

Saturday, August 23, 2014
13 P.M.
NHA Museum Shop, 11 Broad Street

Mocha Dick: The Legend and the Fury is an eye-catching picture book that presents the history of the legendary sperm whale behind the Herman Melville classic, Moby-Dick. First sighted off the coast of Chile in 1810, he waged over 100 battles with whalers and became the hunter rather than the hunted. This engrossing children's book has the look of a nineteenth-century sensational newspaper story, with a modern sensibility of empathy for the hunted whales. 

Author Brian Heinz and illustrator Randall Enos will appear at the NHA Museum Shop to sign copies of the book that will be available for sale. Enos will also present samples of his work and discuss the process that goes into illustrating a book.


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.


girl painting in the Greater Light GardenPainting in the Greater Light Garden
Every Wednesday, July 9–August 27
9 A.M.–12 P.M.

$5 per person
Greater Light, 8 Howard Street

Join the NHA for a series of watercolor workshops for the whole family at its Greater Light historic property. Located on an historic in-town street, the Greater Light garden recalls the days of the Nantucket art colony in the 1930s and serves as an ideal setting for artistic expression. This is a drop-in program, and all supplies are included.


Nantucket A Film by Ric BurnsLate Night at the Museum
Every Sunday through August 31, 2014
57 P.M.
Free for NHA members
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street

Looking for the perfect evening activity downtown before dinner? Join us for Late Night at the Museum every Sunday through August 31! The museum galleries and special exhibitions will be open from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. A special late-night screening of Nantucket, a film by Ric Burns, will screen at 5:30 P.M. Don't miss one of the best deals in town this summer!


Hands-On History in Whaling Museum Discovery RoomHands-On History
Daily from July 1–August 31
1:30–4:30 P.M.

Free for NHA members or with purchase of museum admission
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street

Hands-On History offers children and their companions the opportunity to create crafts inspired by artifacts in the NHA collection. Each craft is designed to encourage participants to visit the Whaling Museum and explore the historical significance of the artifacts and souvenirs that Nantucketers carried home from their journeys aboard whaleships.

Hands-On History is free for NHA members or free with regular museum admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The summer 2014 schedule for crafts
Mondays: China teacups & dancing masks
Tuesdays: Scrimshaw
Wednesdays: Wampanoag arrowheads & whirligigs
Thursdays: Whale mobiles & rope bracelets
Fridays: Whaleboats & whale stamps
Saturdays: Lighthouses & signal flags
Sundays: Sailors' valentines & coral necklaces


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.