People & Our Past
Discover an island steeped in history and home to a host of fascinating people from all walks of life.
Fourteen thousand years ago, Nantucket was a very different place.
Not an island yet, it has been described by geologists as a small rise of hills in an otherwise flat plain of land, covered by a shallow...read more
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...read more
After 44 years in the charter-fishing business, Captain Tom Mleczko officially passed the torch to his son Jason this summer. But that doesn’t mean he has retired.
Tom is something of a local living...read more
Craig Arnold was just four years out of Nantucket High School when he attended the second Nantucket Project in 2012 on an Inquirer and Mirror fellowship.
The budding entrepreneur, who had spent time in...read more
Barbara Elder has spent the last 36 years in the musical arts on Nantucket, teaching, performing and mentoring students of all ages. Now she is the new president of the Nantucket Arts Council. We caught up...read more
Evan Schwanfelder has been on the island just over a year. After serving as a museum educator and site interpreter for the summer at the Nantucket Historical Association, the avid fisherman and musician...read more
“I do what I do out of joy and then I apply it to a business perspective, rather than the other way around,” interior designer Elisa Allen says.
I first met Allen several years ago when she was putting...read more
Some nights after work, after stepping out of his tractor-trailer rig, and working with his crew to unload 20,000 pounds of what amounted to the possessions that describe our lives, Finn Murphy would crack...read more
When George Korn and his late partner, artist Richard Kemble, bought the Victorian house at 14 Pleasant St., it was in good condition. As avid cooks, the only major renovation project they deemed important...read more
Anyone who lives on Nantucket, or visits in the summer, has at one time or another been to the RJ Miller salon. Bob Miller’s clients go back three generations and are a loyal bunch. It is a touchstone and...read more