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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 Best of Nantucket

 

Nantucket is one of the most wonderful places in the world, both to visit and to live. From its natural beauty to its rich and storied history, to its sophisticated dining, entertainment and...

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The Monaghan Sisters of Greater Light

Nantucket is hospitable to eccentrics. A great tradition of “Nantucket characters” has contributed significantly to the cultural landscape of the island-such figures as town crier Billy Clark; Captain...

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Minor League Hoop Dreams

Jason Briggs never had any hoop dreams. He was never a player, never a fan. So what is he doing on the sidelines of the tiny Nantucket Boys & Girls Club gym, watching a small group of pick-up basketball...

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Restoring the historic Appleton Organ

For more than 150 years the pipe organ at the Methodist Church has accompanied the hymns sung by its congregation each Sunday, enduring the test of time as an example of master craftsmanship and a symbol...

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The Constant Gardener

This is a story about nourishment of a couple different varieties. It is about community, faith, life, death, work, preaching, personal history – and garlic.

The garlic in question hangs drying in the...

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New Life for the 1800 House

Nantucket’s 1800 House, located at 4 Mill St., was just another old building until the Nantucket Historical Association renovated it four years ago into a haven for people to celebrate early American arts...

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A Gift From The Sea

The cargo from the Gaelic Prince littered the island’s eastern shore with chunks of greasy white stuff. Islanders didn’t know what it was, but saw dollar signs.
—An excerpt from the book “Throw Out the...

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Memories, with Love

As August begins and sailors gear up for Nantucket Race Week, culminating with the Opera House Cup race, we pay tribute to the woman who started it all. Gwen Gaillard founded the Opera House Cup in 1973,...

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Richard Verney

If you’ve ever walked the moors on an August morning just as the light haze begins to burn off, you can relate to Richard Verney, president of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, when he says how...

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Remembering Marie Giffin

Whether in her office at The Inquirer and Mirror or on stage at Straight Wharf Theatre, Marie Giffin wasa commanding presence.

Mrs. Giffin, who died April 28 at 77 after a long illness, was owner and...

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