Eric Jay DolinBrilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse with author Eric Jay Dolin
Wednesday, June 29
Lecture at 6 P.M.
(doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street



Join the NHA for a special lecture and book signing with Eric Jay Dolin, author of Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse.

Dolin tells the story of how American lighthouses contributed to the growth and prosperity of the United States and the keepers and their families who kept the lights shining. Dolin is also the author of When America First Met China, Fur, Fortune, and Empire, and Leviathan.

A book signing will follow the presentation.

Hanna in Her GardenHanna in Her Garden:
An Afternoon at Greater Light
Wednesday in July
July 6, July 13, July 20, & July 27
2 P.M.
Greater Light
8 Howard Street

Join Nantucket artist and photographer Beverly Hall as she brings alive the spirit of Hanna Monaghan in this free theatrical series. Hanna and her sister Gertrude, who transformed Greater Light from a livestock barn into their summer home and artistic retreat in the 1930s, were daring, eclectic, and passionate about the arts. Hall breathes new life into Hanna Monaghan as she reads from Hanna’s writings and memoirs.

Rob Garza (of Thievery Corporation)Summer Sunset Series featuring
Rob Garza (of Thievery Corporation)
Monday, July 11
7 – 10 P.M. (doors open at 7 P.M.)
$75/person (includes light bites & cash bar)
Tucker's Roofwalk, Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street



Join the NHA and Nantucket DJ's Audio Architechs for a very special evening session with Rob Garza (of Thievery Corporation) on the Whaling Museum's gorgeous rooftop observation deck. Enjoy stunning views of the sunset on Nantucket Harbor and an evening of unforgettable music.

Tickets are $75/each and include light bites.
A cash bar will be available.

Rob Garza (of Thievery Corporation) Audio Architechs

Big Path CapitalChuck Geschke Chuck Geschke,
co-founder of

A Conversation with Chuck Geschke
Tuesday, July 19
4 P.M. (doors open at 3:30 P.M.)
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street



Join the NHA and Big Path Capital for our inaugural economic lecture and cultural program! NHA experts highlight Nantucket’s key economic role in American history, followed by a conversation with Chuck Geschke of Adobe Systems led by Big Path Capital Managing Partner Shawn Lesser.

Big Path Capital is hosting the Impact Capitalism Summit on Nantucket on July 20-21, 2016.  More information is available at www.impactcapitalismne.com.

Don Sineti“Drawn to Whales” Workshop with Don Sineti
Tuesday, July 19 &
Wednesday, July 20
1:30 – 2:30 P.M.
Free for NHA members or with purchase of museum admission
Whaling Museum Discovery Room
13 Broad Street

Join the NHA and award-winning illustrator Don Sineti as he uses art and music to teach children of all ages about whales and how to draw them!

Don Sineti“Sea Songs & American Classics” Family Concert
with Don Sineti
Wednesday, July 20
6 P.M. (doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
$5/ticket (FREE for children under 2)
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street



Join Mystic Seaport’s Don Sineti at the Whaling Museum for a family evening of sea chanteys, whaling ballads, and Americana folk classics. Sing along to patriotic tunes as Sineti delights audiences of all ages with his booming voice, accompanied by instruments like the banjo and concertina.

Don SinetiJazz at the Museum: A Concert
with the Brooklyn Blowhards
Friday, July 22
6 P.M. (doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street



Join the NHA and the Brooklyn Blowhards for a special one-night performance at the Whaling Museum. The Brooklyn Blowhards perform sea chanteys and whaling songs, drawing inspiration from the free jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler. Their group includes some of the leading improvisers from the jazz and new music scene.

Michael Harrison“What’s On That Shelf?” A Glimpse into Hidden Treasures from the NHA Collection
Tuesday, July 26
6 P.M. (doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
$5/general public
FREE for NHA Members
(Advance registration recommended)
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street



Join NHA Robyn and John Davis Chief Curator Michael Harrison for an evening of exploration and fun as we delve into the NHA’s rich collection of artifacts and pick a “shelf” of objects to highlight. This month’s theme is “Life & Death,” celebrating the life cycle of islanders throughout Nantucket’s history.

Jennifer MaxwellDown to the Sea in Ships featuring Jennifer Maxwell
Wednesday, July 27
7 P.M. (doors open at 6:30 P.M.)
$5 for NHA members
$10/general public
(Advance registration recommended)
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street



Back by popular demand, the NHA is thrilled to present Grammy-nominated pianist Jennifer Maxwell as she performs a one-of-a-kind live accompaniment to the 1922 silent film Down to the Sea in Ships on the NHA’s beautifully restored 1925 Steinway grand piano! This one-night only performance will allow audiences to hear a new interpretation of the film’s original score, arranged by Maxwell herself. Using musical archives from the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Maxwell incorporated certain pieces that were played during the film’s initial release in 1922, along with original music from William Perry, who later composed another score for the film in the 1970s. This silent classic film also features an early appearance by movie star Clara Bow.

Free Fun Fridays
Friday, July 29
10 A.M. – 5 P.M.
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street

Enjoy free admission to the Whaling Museum on Friday, July 29 as part of Highland Street Foundation’s 8th Annual Free Fun Fridays summer event series. This annual tradition gives visitors the chance to experience many of the most treasured cultural and historical venues in Massachusetts. Eighty institutions across the state are participating this summer and will offer families free admission to their programs and activities. #SeeMoreSummer

To learn more about this program and other participating institutions, click here.

Rob CocuzzoTracking the Wild Coomba:
The Life of Legendary Skier Doug Coombs

Lecture and Book Signing
with author Rob Cocuzzo
Wednesday, August 3
6 P.M. (doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
$25/ticket ($5 from each ticket will be donated to the Doug Coombs Foundation)
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street



Join the NHA for the exclusive world book launch of Robert Cocuzzo’s first full-length book Tracking the Wild Coomba: The Life of Legendary Skier Doug Coombs. Arguably the greatest adventure skier to ever live, Doug Coombs pioneered hundreds of first descents down the biggest, steepest, most dangerous mountains in the world. He graced magazine covers, wowed moviegoers, became the face of top ski companies, and ascended as the king of big mountain extreme skiing. Beyond a biography, Tracking the Wild Coomba is an adventure story that takes readers into the extreme mountains where Doug Coombs pioneered a new era of skiing. A book signing and author reception will follow the talk.

$5 from every ticket will be donated to the Doug Coombs Foundation.

Hands-On History
Daily from July 1 – August 31
(closed on Friday, July 8)
1:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Free for NHA members or with purchase of museum admission
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street

Looking for something to do with the kids this summer? Join us for Hands-On History, a summer program full of crafts and activities for the whole family! 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.

The summer 2016 daily schedule for crafts is:

Mondays: Whale Mobiles & Whirligigs
Tuesdays: Arrowheads & Coral Necklaces
Wednesdays: Scrimshaw
Thursdays: Tea Cups & Dancing Masks
Fridays: Lighthouses & Signal Flags
Saturdays: Sailors Valentines & U’u Clubs
Sundays: Whaleboats & Whale Stamps

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

Please note: There will be no Hands-On History on Friday, July 8.

Food for Thought Lecture Series
Returns Fall 2016
Noon – 1 P.M.
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street

Our popular Food for Thought lecture series returns to the Whaling Museum for the fall 2016 season.

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.


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.