People & Our Past
Discover an island steeped in history and home to a host of fascinating people from all walks of life.
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,...read more
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...read more
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...read more
On a cold and windswept afternoon on the last day of March, Nancy Thayer, best-selling author and new grandmother, spoke from the library of her historic Nantucket home of her life and career as she...read more
Maurice Gibbs knows a little something about the sea – its awesome power, its romantic allure, and its lonely isolation.
The retired U.S. Navy commander grew up on Nantucket during the 1930s and ’40s,...read more
“Throw out the lifeline across the dark wave.
There is a brother whom someone should save.
Oh, Who then will dare, to throw out the lifeline
His peril to share?”
– A Baptist hymn written by Rev. E.S....
Married to the CEO of Google, she is committed to using some of that wealth to benefit the world at large and the communities she lives in, whether it’s by investing in a local bookstore, buying property...read more
The Azores? Go to Sconset. Keep going. About 2,000 miles east of Nantucket. If your navigation is good, you’ll bump into a green and lush group of volcanic islands with many connections to Nantucket’s...read more
On July 26, 1956, the Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria sank to the bottom of the Atlantic 53 miles southeast of Nantucket, 11 hours after colliding with the Swedish liner Stockholm in a dense fog so...read more
The 1906 earthquake that rocked San Francisco, burning the city for three days, was the worst temblor ever to strike a mainland American city. Yet it left its most visible reminders in the most rural of...read more