People & Our Past
Discover an island steeped in history and home to a host of fascinating people from all walks of life.
“The increasingly higher value placed on human life is an infallible indication of higher civilization. To conserve human life on this isolated island, it is imperative that the conditions under which...read more
Herman Melville’s classic novel, then titled “The Whale,” was first published in England 160 years ago, in October 1851. In November of the same year, the first American edition appeared as “Moby-Dick.”...read more
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...
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...
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