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People & Our Past

Discover an island steeped in history and home to a host of fascinating people from all walks of life.

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The Questions: Blue Balliett

Blue Balliett, author of nearly a dozen childrens’ books, from “Chasing Vermeer” to her newest book “Out of the Wild Night,” has been inspired by the island where she met her husband and where they now...

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Triple Crown Connection

When Justify came barreling around the final turn at the Belmont Stakes with the lead, just a few hundred yards from immortality, Sol Kumin had a different feeling than usual. Normally one to jump up and...

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The Questions: Rob McMullen

Capt. Rob McMullen might have the best job on Nantucket. He spends his summers at the helm of the Wauwinet Lady, shuttling diners across Nantucket Harbor for lunch or dinner at TOPPER’S at the Wauwinet,...

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Mr. Conservation

There is a place, at the top of a little rise in the Shawkemo Hills, where you can clearly see the lighthouses of both Great Point and Sankaty in the distance. In the sightlines are the harbor and the...

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Jane Alexander: Actress, Author, Activist

They are some of her earliest memories. Jane Alexander couldn’t have been more than 2 or 3 when her family first started spending summers on Nantucket in the early 1940s. Her father was a surgeon, serving...

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Lessons in Life from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

It began the way documentary film projects sometimes do, with a conversation, with a simple question that seemed almost random at the time but which opened up the moment into something larger, something...

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At Ease on The Cliff

You might think it’s easy for two people whose businesses involve designing and furnishing other people’s homes to design their own living space.

But when interior designer Jennifer Sell and her husband...

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Into the Deep

Eric Savetsky is very far away from the offices of the Nantucket Islands Land Bank, where he is executive director. He is in a Zodiac, which has been motoring through the Norwegian fjords all day, looking...

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The Questions: Amy Zielinski

Amy Zielinski took over as executive director of Sustainable Nantucket this winter after a number of years as the event scheduler at Bartlett’s Ocean View Farm and then a brief stint at the Nantucket Land...

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Glacial Gift

Fourteen thousand years ago, Nantucket was a very different place.

Not an island yet, it has been described by geologists as a small rise of hills in an otherwise flat plain of land, covered by a shallow...

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