The Nation of Nantucket

Lofting a Haven 12 1/2.  Photograph courtesy of Finger Boatworks, Nantucket.

In my posts for “The Nation of Nantucket,” I have talked about a mix of things.  A few of my posts have been about boat building, something that has become a...
Maria Mitchell, ca. 1865.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association.

You might wonder what or how Maria Mitchell could be connected to Melville.  Funnily, they share the same birthday – although Melville was born a year later on...
This Centre Street building was once a Quaker meetinghouse.  Photograph courtesy of the author.

A Quaker Woman’s Influence in the World’s Quaker Community

From time to time, I hope to introduce you to some lesser known members of our community who walked our streets long ago.  My focus will be heavily on women –...
Annie Jump Cannon.

From time to time, I hope to introduce you to some lesser known members of our community who walked our streets long ago.  My focus will be heavily on women –...
William Mitchell's Schoolhouse before it became the MMA Science Library.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association.

William Mitchell, father of Maria Mitchell, was born on Nantucket on December 20, 1791 to Nantucket Quakers Peleg and Lydia Mitchell, both native Nantucketers...
Nantucket dorymen.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

With the demise of whaling in the mid-nineteenth century, Nantucketers sought a new way of making a living, but a familiar one: fishing.  You see, before they...
Anna Gardner.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

From time to time, I hope to introduce you to some lesser known members of our community who walked our streets long ago.  My focus will be heavily on women –...
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Well, after not showing my face on Main Street for the Daffodil parade since I was probably a child, I will be there – well, indoors at least. I am pleased to...
A much later boat being worked on, ca. 1925, at South Beach Boatyard.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

I have not written about boats, boatbuilders, or sailing in some time.  But maybe it is time again as we think of spring and summer to come – wherever they are...
Grace Brown Gardner.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

It’s Women’s History Month – Learn Something New About The Women Who Shaped Our Island Home! From time to time, I hope to introduce you to some lesser known...
Maria Mitchell, ca. 1865.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association.

This was written by Maria Mitchell just a few days after the entry I shared with you a few weeks ago.  And it continues to concern snow and below freezing...

The following is a journal entry from one of Nantucket’s daring daughters – Maria Mitchell. Jan 23. {1857}Foreseeing that the thermometer would show a very...

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