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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Surfin’ Ack

Standing in the parking lot that overlooks the island’s popular Nobadeer Beach, planes fly above a cluster of SURFBOARDS that line the sand, waiting to be used.

A group of guys in wetsuits stand nearby,...

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How Does My Garden Grow

It’s a struggle to get people to garden, and I ought to know, for I’ve been trying to do so for nearly 50 years.

In 1975 we started to broadcast “The Victory Garden” on PBS. It was based on the simple...

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50 Years of Land Conservation

From the walking trails of Sanford Farm and Tupancy Links, to the rolling hills of the middle moors – including 131 newly-acquired acres at Norwood Farm – to the tupelo forests of Squam Swamp and the...

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Classical Music in an Historic Space

Since 1959, the Musical Arts Society of Nantucket has been enriching island culture, inviting world-renowned artists like the late American folk-singer Odetta, the Guarneri String Quartet, Grammy...

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The Questions

What brought to you to Nantucket?
My mom read an article in the paper about the great fishing on Nantucket in the 1960s. She knew my dad, an accomplished angler, would love it, so off we went. One dog,...

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A Mission of Preservation

If you’ve ever wanted to get a peek behind the façade of some of the stately Orange Street homes where whaling captains once lived, this month is your chance.

The Nantucket Preservation Trust is holding...

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How did you first get to Nantucket? Tell us your story.

I came to Nantucket with a college boyfriend whose family has a house on the island. I’m from the Rocky Mountains and I can’t remember if I had...

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25 People Who Make a Difference

The people on the following pages contribute to island life in a variety of ways to enhance the Nantucket experience for all of us. From their contributions in commerce to conservation, health care and...

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A Dog’s Life

"I could talk dog all day," Joyce Jaskula admitted with a smile.

We were standing in her basement stairwell, its three walls covered from top to bottom and side to side with colorful ribbons, photos and...

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The NHA’s “Other Museum”

The Nantucket Historical Association was founded in 1894 by concerned citizens with the express purpose of making "an active search for all sorts of relics ... before it is too late and these valuable...

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