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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 Questions

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...

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Designer Elisa Allen: Breaking the Mold

“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...

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On the Road Again

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...

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Victorian Gem

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...

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Downsizing in Style

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...

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The House that Mac Built

Try to imagine the small community of Nantucket Island 60 years ago.

In 1956 the year-round population of 2,500 souls was largely concentrated within a mile of Main Street, which was the center of...

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Young at Heart

Lisa and David Lazarus were living in a house they adored on York Street when they learned last year it had been sold. Their landlord gave them about a year’s notice to find a new place, but it was harder...

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Living in Color

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been drawn to beautiful things,” writes Gary McBournie in the introduction to “Gary McBournie Living In Color:

A Designer Works Magic With Traditional...

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CLASSICS Under Sail

Now in its 44th year, the OPERA HOUSE CUP, part of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, is about competition and racing wooden sailboats on the open water. But there was a time, in its earlier days, when...

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Bon Anniversaire!

In the ever-changing restaurant landscape on Nantucket, few places can boast the high level of consistency and quality found at a French bistro that has dominated the dining scene on Broad Street for the...

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