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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10 People Who Make a Difference

Sarah Alger

Nantucket, like many small towns scattered throughout New England, still holds an Annual Town Meeting each spring to decide its municipal business. Many consider it the last true form of...

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Privateers and the War of 1812

The battle raged close to shore. Years later one man, who was 16 years old on that October evening in 1814, remembered hearing people watching from a rooftop on Orange Street, pointing out the flashes of...

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Hoop Journey

The moment Josh Butler thought to himself that there might actually be a basketball life after college came in a small gym in Philadelphia.

This was in the late spring. His college career had just ended....

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Modern Man

Vladimir Kagan’s house is abuzz with young people.

Two girls work on their computers completely oblivious to the activities around them. A tall blonde woman is introduced as the housekeeper, but she is...

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Comfortably Elegant

Trudy Dujardin has been decorating Nantucket homes for several decades and knows a thing or two about Nantucket style. Known for her classic rooms, she aims to make Nantucket’s natural beauty very much a...

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George Bassett: A Life on the Water

George Bassett claims to have the best office on the island, and he may very well be right.

The director of marine operations for Nantucket Island Resorts’ workplace is perched at the end of Swain’s...

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A Passion for the Sea

The Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, of which the Nantucket Opera House Cup is a part, has become the leading international circuit for classic sailing races. Now celebrating its 10th year, Officine...

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The Last of the Offshore Fishermen

It’s dawn. The sun is just starting to wake up. The bow of a 65-foot steel fishing boat parts the waters 40 miles south of Nantucket. The fishing boat launches a harpoon aimed at a swordfish. It strikes....

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Living with the Past

One of the most anticipated events taking place on Nantucket each summer is the NANTUCKET ANTIQUES & DESIGN SHOW held under the tent at Bartlett’s Ocean View Farm. This is a major fundraising event for the...

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Par for the Course

It wasn’t too long ago when golf at MIACOMET consisted of nothing more than nine flat and uninteresting holes. But in the span of just 13 years the course has been transformed into one of the premier...

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