People & Our Past
Discover an island steeped in history and home to a host of fascinating people from all walks of life.
There are many houses in our lives, some in places we will never forget.
What we remember is often a mix of landscape, memories and people who lived there with us. Or perhaps it’s simply the way the...read more
Kelly Fidler and U.S. Marine Cpl. Tim Donley tied the knot on Nantucket on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Shimmo home of Erwin and Stephanie Greenberg. The wedding was thrown by island friends who were...read more
In her fifth work of fiction, Anita Diamant makes a return to the first-person narrative of her first novel,“The Red Tent.” But this time the structure of the narrative puts the female storyteller in a...read more
For 29 years, Tom Proch was the culinary genius at The Club Car,
￼Joe Pantorno’s iconic island restaurant, named after the dining car that was once part of Nantucket’s shortlived railroad. But that all...read more
On the evening of July 13, 1846, a faulty stovepipe in a hat store on Main Street ignited the Great Fire, and it swept through downtown Nantucket without discrimination, its flames consuming nearly...read more
Susie Boardman sits on her couch, her caramel-colored Norwich terrier Sukey curled up beside her while she listens to the crisp British voice of actress Tilda Swinton reading those familiar words, “Call me...read more
In the end all that remained was a harrowing story, a nightmare of survival in the Pacific Ocean. Soon after the survivors returned home, the story of their journey to the edge of the known world, the...read more
Nantucket, like many small towns scattered throughout New England, still holds an Annual Town Meeting each spring to decide its municipal business. Many consider it the last true form of...read more
The battle raged close to shore. Years later one man, who was 16 years old on that October evening in 1814, remembered hearing people watching from a rooftop on Orange Street, pointing out the flashes of...read more
The moment Josh Butler thought to himself that there might actually be a basketball life after college came in a small gym in Philadelphia.
This was in the late spring. His college career had just ended....read more