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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 Short, Sweet Life of the Nantucket Railroad

A large crowd had gathered at the foot of Main Street to see the locomotive, which had been christened Dionis. It was the Fourth of July 1881. The Dionis was decorated with flags. It was belching smoke and...

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The Future is Electric

It is a clear-skied Thursday afternoon in the Mission District of San Francisco. Ben Parker is sitting at a table in a Mexican restaurant called Chuy’s Fiestas talking about the path between finding an...

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Philanthropy on Nantucket

There are dozens of nonprofit and charity organizations on Nantucket dedicated to doing good work, from fostering art and culture to protecting soul-soothing open space. They enrich the lives of residents...

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The Birth of Island Traffic

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...

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A Man, His Dog, and the Open Road

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...

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Island Food, Island Culture

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...

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A Big Fish and a Sharp Knife: The Journey of Edmar Piano

“I was in high school. I was still going fishing but at the same time I was gang-banging. And I got caught up,” he said. “As soon as I got out of juvenile hall, they stuck me in that program and I was...

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The Hermit of Quidnet

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...

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Women Rule the Waterfront

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...

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Rob Benchley

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...

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