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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One of the Best

Ray Coursen did not have the kind of culinary or oenological upbringing that would have tabbed him for a future as one of the top wine producers in California’s fabled Napa Valley.

He grew up on his...

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The Stages of Mark Kenward

When Mark Kenward takes the stage at the Nantucket Wine Festival to perform his one-man show, his character will likely feel familiar to islanders.

“It’s about a man who is trying to hold onto his land...

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Nantucket Cottage Hospital

“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...

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The Whale and Nantucket

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.”...

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The Best of Nantucket


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...

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The Monaghan Sisters of Greater Light

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...

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Minor League Hoop Dreams

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...

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Restoring the historic Appleton Organ

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...

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The Constant Gardener

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...

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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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