People & Our Past
Discover an island steeped in history and home to a host of fascinating people from all walks of life.
By the time Henry Ford rolled his first Model T off the assembly line, in Detroit, Mich., in 1908, Nantucket was already trying to stay auto-free. There was a fear that the automobile would be dangerous on...read more
For five weeks last winter, Mark Ranney ditched the comfort of life at home for a decked-out former Wee Whalers mini-bus he had spent the pandemic converting into a cross-country, pirate-ship-themed...read more
The scent memory hit M.J. Mojer out of the blue one afternoon, like one of those fading snapshots taken decades ago that you might find in a drawer.
It was a simmering pot of jag, the iconic Portuguese...read more
Like all good hermit stories, some of the details are hazy. This story begins during the whaling days prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. A young man of modest means named Fred Parker somehow managed...read more
Sheila Lucey joined the U.S. Coast Guard fresh out of high school, looking for a short-term gig before she could begin a permanent career. A couple months later, she realized the Coast Guard could be that...read more
Rob Benchley met his wife Carol at a Fourth of July party thrown in a Codfish Park house that has since washed out to sea. The house is gone; the Benchleys have been married for close to 30 years. The...read more
Surfing is more than just a hobby for Ieva Aldins. It is a therapeutic part of her life that sharpens her focus and gives her a natural sense of euphoria. Aldins teaches meditation, but none of the...read more
Most Tuesday mornings, just before dawn breaks and when the birds start singing, I sit down with my laptop and begin to write “Here and There,” a weekly column that has been in The Inquirer and Mirror...read more
What started as a question of how to protect the houses on Baxter Road from toppling over the eroding 80-foot bluff has become a no-holds-barred match playing out in Conservation Commission meetings and...read more
To celebrate the pandemic drawing to an end, health director Roberto Santamaria bought tickets to see a band called Rammstein at Gillette Stadium in September. Rammstein is a German heavy-metal band, known...read more