One Book One Island 2016
March 11 – March 20

One Book One Island (OBOI) is a collaborative project of community partners and sponsors that seeks to promote reading, literacy and community by encouraging everyone on Nantucket to read, discuss and reflect upon the same book.

The 2016 selection is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, the author of the best-selling book The Secret Life of Bees. Set in Charleston, South Carolina in the early 1800s, The Invention of Wings is a compelling story about the search for freedom and empowerment of two women – Hetty “Handful” Grimké, an urban slave, and Sarah, the Grimké’s idealistic daughter, who both strive for lives of their own.

Books are available at Annye’s Whole Foods, Bookworks, Mitchell’s Book Corner, Nantucket Atheneum, Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Nantucket Dreamland, Nantucket Historical Association, and Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror. Please consider being a “One Book Recycler” and return your book after it has been read or pass along to a friend!

Click here for the full list of OBOI events.

One Book One Island: Grimké Sisters Performance
Saturday, March 12
4 – 5 P.M.
Quaker Meeting House
7 Fair Street

Enjoy a special One Book One Island performance by Susan Lenoe and Lani Peterson as the Grimké Sisters at the historic Quaker Meeting House property.

One Book One Island: Food for Thought “Slavery and the Struggle for Abolition in Nantucket” with Historian
Fran Karttunen
Thursday, March 17
Noon – 1 P.M.
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street

Join us for a special Food for Thought lecture inspired by Sue Monk Kidd’s story of the Grimké sisters in The Invention of Wings and its many points of contact with Nantucket’s history. This talk will present vignettes of Nantucket abolitionists Elihu Coleman, Lucretia Coffin Mott, Captain Edward J. Pompey, Anna Gardner, Eliza Starbuck Barney and Nathaniel Barney, Cyrus Peirce, and the Reverend James Crawford.

One Book One Island: Closing Reception
Sunday, March 20
5 – 7 P.M.
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street

Free and open to the public, the One Book One Island closing reception will feature beverages, music from Nantucket’s Shep Cats, and Charleston-inspired cuisine provided by Annye's Whole Foods.

Food for Thought Lecture Series
Thursdays begining February 18, 2016
Noon – 1 P.M.
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street

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.

Thursday, February 18:
“Irish Songs of the Sea” with Musician Paul Connors

Musician Paul Connors entertains us with a variety of Irish folk songs. Be part of the crew and sing the chorus of the sea shanties!


Thursday, February 25:
“NHA Oral History Showcase” with NHA Oral History Fellow
Jacob Horton

Join the NHA’s Oral History Fellow, Jacob Horton, as he profiles collectors of oral history on Nantucket during the 20th century and provides details of the NHA’s latest initiative, the Volunteer Oral History Club.

Check back soon for the March & April speakers!

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

Winter Discovery Days
Mondays – Fridays
February 1 – April 1

(closed Friday, February 5
& Friday, February 12, 2016)
3 – 5 P.M.
Whaling Museum Discovery Room
13 Broad Street

Need a fun activity for the kids this winter? Join us for Winter Discovery Days, a free afternoon 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 22 - 26, 2015, from 1 - 5 P.M.

Entrance to the program is through the Discovery Room door on Broad Street. The Winter Discovery Days program is free to all children and their families. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No reservations required.

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

Check the NHA Calendar for more upcoming programs.