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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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New Life for the 1800 House

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...

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A Gift From The Sea

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...

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Memories, with Love

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,...

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Richard Verney

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...

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Remembering Marie Giffin

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...

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Nancy Thayer

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...

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Maurice Gibbs

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,...

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The Human Face of Shipwrecks

“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....

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The Philanthropy of Wendy Schmidt

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...

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The Azores

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...

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