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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.)
$10/person
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street

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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.


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

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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.)
$25/person
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street

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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“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

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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.


Brooklyn BlowhardsJazz at the Museum: A Concert
with the Brooklyn Blowhards
Friday, July 22
6 P.M. (doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
$10/ticket
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street

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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.


Museum After Dark
Saturday, July 23
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street

Get ready to #ackMAD with us at the Whaling Museum this summer!

This unique event brings together the next generation in a one-of-a-kind museum setting for a night of celebration to benefit the Nantucket Historical Association.


Museum After DarkVIP Ticket
8 P.M. - Midnight
$150/person

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VIP early admission includes:

 

General Admission Ticket
9:30 P.M. - Midnight
$95/person

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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

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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

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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.


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

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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.


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2016 Nantucket by Design
August 2 – 7

New name, same great cause!  Building on thirty-eight years of the August Antiques Show and Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket, the Nantucket Historical Association is thrilled to present the 2016 Nantucket by Design week of events, our premier summer fundraiser, presented by Magellan Jets.

Join us this summer as we celebrate the very best in creative and inspirational design across many fields and disciplines. Supporting the NHA has never been so fun!

Nantucket by Design Chair: Maureen Fennessy Bousa


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Support the Nantucket Historical Association at a Leadership level and experience the best of our Nantucket by Design week of events!


Design VIP Package

Cocktail Party: Tuesday, August 2
6 P.M.
Design Luncheon: Wednesday, August 3
11:30 A.M. – 2 P.M.
$500/ticket

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Join us as we kick off Nantucket by Design’s week of dazzling events and meet our illustrious Design Luncheon speakers John Ike, Thomas A. Kligerman, and Joel Barkley at an exclusive cocktail reception at a private residence designed by their firm Ike Kligerman Barkley. Get up close and personal as you explore the design behind this private Nantucket residence!

The next day, join the designers at our fifth annual Design Luncheon at Great Harbor Yacht Club.

This Design VIP Package includes the VIP Cocktail Party and the Design Luncheon.


Design Luncheon
Sponsored by Farrow & Ball
Wednesday, August 3
11:30 A.M. 2 P.M.
$200/ticket
Great Harbor Yacht Club
96 Washington Street

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Join us for the fifth annual Design Luncheon, moderated by Hilary Gustafsson and featuring John Ike, Thomas A. Kligerman, and Joel Barkley of Ike Kligerman Barkley at Great Harbor Yacht Club. The luncheon will feature a champagne reception and a multimedia presentation by the designers, followed by a Q & A session.

Ike Kligerman Barkley is a renowned architecture and interior design firm that specializes in everything from personalized living environments to high-profile public buildings. With offices in both New York City and San Francisco, they serve clients from coast to coast and beyond, using both traditional handicraft and cutting-edge processes.

Ike Kligerman Barkley has received numerous awards including the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Award, the Decoration & Design Building Stars of Design Award, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) Julia Morgan Award and the ICAA Stanford White Award, as well as participating in Architectural Digest’s AD 100 since 1995. In 2010, they published their first book Ike Kligerman Barkley: Houses, and their second, The New Shingled House, in October 2015.


Boston Design CenterAll-Star Design Panel
Sponsored by Boston Design Center
Thursday, August 4
6 P.M.
$175/ticket
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street

Join us for the sixth annual all-star Design Panel, moderated by Nantucket and New York-based designer Susan Zises Green. In addition to being the NHA Design Panel moderator, Susan Zises Green has been a leader in the field of interior design for decades, using traditional and contemporary resources to create beautiful and comfortable interiors.

The Design Panel brings together some of the most outstanding design talent in the Whaling Museum for a topical discussion on the latest trends, followed by a cocktail reception on the museum’s rooftop observation deck. This year’s stellar lineup of designers consists of Nancy Braithwaite, James Huniford, Juan Montoya, Charles Pavarini, and Suzanne Rheinstein.

For ticket information, contact NHA Special Events Manager Stacey Stuart at or (508) 228-1894, ext. 130.


An Evening of Design with Tom Fazio
Sponsored by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Friday, August 5
6 8 P.M.
$175/ticket
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street

Join us for an evening of design with renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio of FAZIO Design, followed by a cocktail reception on the Whaling Museum’s rooftop observation deck.

With over forty years in golf course design, Tom Fazio and his staff of designers have been recognized for creating award-winning courses throughout the United States. No living designer has more credits on Golf Digest's list of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses and Golfweek's collection of America's Best.

Fazio believes that golf courses should reflect the natural beauty of their environments. Maintaining that principle, FAZIO Design strives to follow design priorities that include creating harmonious transitions from existing topographical conditions, developing courses that offer golfers of varying skill a challenging yet enjoyable experience, and providing each client with optimum use of the property.

For ticket information, contact NHA Special Events Manager Stacey Stuart at or (508) 228-1894, ext. 130.


The New Party at the Oldest House
Saturday, August 6
6 P.M.
$250/ticket for full party
$100/ticket for dessert & dancing
Oldest House
16 Sunset Hill

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Join us as we celebrate a week of design events with an evening of sight, sound, and taste, featuring design vignettes, music by the Sultans of Swing, fabulous food and drink at one of our most beloved properties, the Oldest House.

Under the tent, guests will be able to immerse themselves into design by relaxing in one of the four distinct lounge seating vignettes featuring the talents of Trudy Dujardin of Dujardin Design, Donna Elle of Donna Elle Seaside Living, Barbara Halsted of Fenwick House Design, and Michelle Holland of Nantucket House Antiques & Design Studio. Landscaping by Arrowhead Nursery & Furniture.

Trudy Dujardin of Dujardin Design Donna Elle of Donna Elle Seaside Living Barbara Halsted of Fenwick House Design Michelle Holland of Nantucket House Antiques & Design Studio

A Whale of a Picnic at the Oldest House
Sunday, August 7
11 A.M. 2 P.M.
$125/family of four
$25/additional ticket
Oldest House
16 Sunset Hill

Don’t forget to come back to the Oldest House and join us for a family-fun picnic featuring lunch, games and more! Rain or shine, we will be under the tent and around the property exploring Nantucket history through tours, games, crafts, and more. Don’t miss it!

For ticket information, contact NHA Special Events Manager Stacey Stuart at or (508) 228-1894, ext. 130.