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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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Nancy Thayer

On a cold and windswept afternoon on the last day of March, Nancy Thayer, best-selling author and new grandmother, spoke from the library of her historic Nantucket home of her life and career as she...

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Maurice Gibbs

Maurice Gibbs knows a little something about the sea – its awesome power, its romantic allure, and its lonely isolation. 

The retired U.S. Navy commander grew up on Nantucket during the 1930s and ’40s,...

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The Human Face of Shipwrecks

“Throw out the lifeline across the dark wave.
There is a brother whom someone should save.
Oh, Who then will dare, to throw out the lifeline
His peril to share?” 
– A Baptist hymn written by Rev. E.S....

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The Philanthropy of Wendy Schmidt

Married to the CEO of Google, she is committed to using some of that wealth to benefit the world at large and the communities she lives in, whether it’s by investing in a local bookstore, buying property...

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The Azores

The Azores? Go to Sconset. Keep going. About 2,000 miles east of Nantucket. If your navigation is good, you’ll bump into a green and lush group of volcanic islands with many connections to Nantucket’s...

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Andrea Doria

On July 26, 1956, the Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria sank to the bottom of the Atlantic 53 miles southeast of Nantucket, 11 hours after colliding with the Swedish liner Stockholm in a dense fog so...

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The Earthquake Trail

The 1906 earthquake that rocked San Francisco, burning the city for three days, was the worst temblor ever to strike a mainland American city. Yet it left its most visible reminders in the most rural of...

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