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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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“A Thousand Leagues of Blue”

The captain is drunk. His mistress is on the ship. He is ferrying passengers from island to island in the South Pacific, not paying any attention to the whales he’s sailed thousands of miles to hunt.

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The Battle for the Bluff

The Sconset Bluff and Sankaty Light in October 2003.

The 30-year battle with erosion on the Sconset Bluff has become more than about finding a workable and acceptable engineering solution to save the houses along Baxter Road from falling into the sea, as...

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The Pandemic of 1918

The epidemic hit the island like a thundering wave. Everybody knew what was happening on the mainland. The now-iconic photos were simply the news of the day then: New York City cops wearing surgical masks,...

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The Skipper Restaurant

“I remember the huge winch that was at the bow, and the graceful curve of her deck and bulwarks. Even at a young age I could appreciate the magnifi- cent view across the Easy Street Basin, and of course no...

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People Who Make a Difference

People Who Make a Difference

 

The 10 people we have chosen in 2019 as Nantucket’s People who Make a Difference for their assortment of talents and gifts they give back to their community are Alan...

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Adventures in Paradise

Every sailing story is really a story about a boat. Thor Heyerdahl’s raft in “Kon-Tiki,” Ahab’s doomed but fictional Pequod and the very real and equally doomed Essex. The last two sailed out of Nantucket;...

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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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Inn-side a Family Business

Kevin Withrow has hotels in his blood. He learned to walk in New York’s famed Barbizon Hotel and played football with the bellboys in the lobby of The Royalton.

“I have very vague memories of New York...

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Two-wheeled Tradition Rolls On

Jasper Young was 12 years old when he first put on a Young’s Bicycle Shop shirt and hat, and started working for his father. Seventeen years later, he’s standing behind the front counter at the bike shop...

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A Legacy of Practicing Law

Sometimes it is not only about a love of the law, or the excitement of courtroom battles. Sometimes being a lawyer is about family, tradition and a connection to the community.

Jessie Glidden Brescher...

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