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Foggy RootsSummer Sunset Series
with Foggy Roots: Unplugged
Mondays
August 1, August 15, & August 29
7 9 P.M.
$20/ticket
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street

Join the NHA for a special evening performance featuring Foggy Roots, Nantucket’s own reggae band, on the Whaling Museum’s gorgeous rooftop observation deck. Enjoy stunning views of the sunset on Nantucket Harbor and an evening of unforgettable music! Light bites & a cash bar will be available.

Monday, August 1 $20/ticket
Monday, August 15 $20/ticket
Monday, August 29 $20/ticket

Rob Garza (of Thievery Corporation)Summer Sunset Series
featuring Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Monday, August 8
7 – 10 P.M. (doors open at 7 P.M.)
$100/person (includes light bites
& cash bar)
Main Hall of Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street

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Join the NHA for a special evening performance featuring Ali Shaheed Muhammed, DJ and founding member of A Tribe Called Quest.

Light bites and a cash bar will be available. 

This performance will take place inside the Whaling Museum's MAIN HALL, under the great whale. 

Audio ArchitechsSummer Sunset Series
with Audio Architechs
Monday, August 22
7 10 P.M.
$20/ticket
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street

Join the NHA for a special evening performance featuring Nantucket's own Audio Architechs on the Whaling Museum's gorgeous rooftop observation deck. Enjoy stunning views of the sunset on Nantucket Harbor and an evening of unforgettable music. Light bites and a cash bar will be available.

Monday, August 22 $20/ticket

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

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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 wait list, 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.


New Party at the Oldest HouseThe 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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Building on the excitement of the Antiques Show Preview Party of past years, the New Party at the Oldest House delights party-goers like never before, now on a Saturday night!

This fabulous party under a tent at the beloved Oldest House is a night of sights, sounds, and tastes, featuring new elements like signature “New Party” cocktails, a bourbon bar, adventurous food stations, live music and dancing to The Sultans of Swing, Spanky’s Raw Bar, and beautiful lounges for relaxation. At every turn, guests will engage their imaginations with new creative visions and have a night they will never forget.


New party at 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. Special event landscaping by Arrowhead Nursery and 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.


Moby-Dick RehearsedMoby-Dick Rehearsed
August 9 12
7 P.M. (doors open at 6:30 P.M.)
$30/ticket performance only
$75/ticket performance & reception
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street

Back by popular demand! The NHA and Theatre Workshop of Nantucket (TWN) are pleased to present the return of the one-act play Moby-Dick Rehearsed. Written by Orson Welles in 1950, this play within a play is both a celebration of the stage and testimony of the enduring legacy of Herman Melville's masterpiece of American literature.

The final performance of the theatrical run includes a cocktail reception with the cast.

John Shea in Moby-Dick Rehearsed

Tuesday, August 9 $30/ticket
Wednesday, August 10 $30/ticket
Thursday, August 11 $30/ticket
Friday, August 12 $75/ticket (includes reception) 

Nantucket’s Offshore Wonders
with Underwater Photographer Ben Phillips
Sunday, August 14
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 evening lecture with international adventurer and photographer Ben Phillips as he invites us under the waves. From the waters surrounding Nantucket, Phillips’ filming and photography bring us closer to some of the deep water’s most diminutive dwellers and some of its most magnificent creatures.


In the Heart of the SeaIn the Heart of the Sea Film Screening
Sunday, August 21
6 P.M. (doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
$10/ticket
(Advance registration recommended)
Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street

Join the NHA for a special film screening of Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard’s film In the Heart of the Sea, an adaptation of Nantucket author Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book in the Whaling Museum’s main hall.

In the Heart of the Sea recounts the tale of the ill-fated Nantucket whaleship Essex which was stove by a whale in the Pacific Ocean in 1820, and later inspired Herman Melville’s classic Moby-Dick. It stars Chris Hemsworth as the Essex’s first mate Owen Chase, Benjamin Walker as Captain George Pollard, Cillian Murphy as second mate Matthew Joy, and Ben Wishaw as novelist Herman Melville. Tom Holland also stars as the young cabin boy Thomas Nickerson, and Brendan Gleeson as the same man, thirty years later.

Sunday, August 21 $10/ticket

Michael Harrison“What’s on That Shelf?”: A Glimpse into Hidden Treasures from the NHA Collection
Tuesday, August 23
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 “Getting There is Half the Fun,” highlighting travel and transportation through the years on Nantucket, including a model of a Singaporean boat made of cloves, circa 1850.


Michael Harrison“What’s on That Shelf?”: A Glimpse into Hidden Treasures from the NHA Collection
Tuesday, September 27
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 “The Gifts of Mrs. Durfee,” showing an eclectic mix of textiles and family objects given to the NHA in the 1920s and 1930s by Mrs. Mary Hatch Durfee, descendant of a Nantucket family.