People & Our Past
Discover an island steeped in history and home to a host of fascinating people from all walks of life.
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...read more
"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...read more
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...read more
At the height of the whaling era, Siasconset, at the east end of the island, offered a restful haven for wealthy Nantucketers.
It was not considered fashionable, but as a change from the ordinary....read more
￼It all began on a humid Sunday evening back in July 1973. Sitting around a patio table at the Opera House restaurant just a block from Nantucket Harbor, some of the island’s finest sailors were not happy....read more
The first thing that comes to mind when I see an old, broken-down wooden boat is, “We’ve got to get her up and running.” This is a thought that I’ve had quite a few times over the years and has seen me as...read more
For some, August is the beginning of the end: Time to think about heading back to school, or returning to the office.
For those of us on Nantucket, the northeasterly winds are just bringing in the dog...read more
As far back as he can remember, Jim Genthner always knew he wanted to be on the water. With that purpose in mind, he made his dream a reality, building the 31-foot Friendship Sloop Endeavor in his parents’...read more
Just when we think our love affair with the Red Sox has ended, along comes “Francona: The Red Sox Years” to remind us why we happily followed our team of idiots into post-midnight, extra-inning delirium...read more
Over a million DAFFODILS have been planted on Nantucket over the past several decades, and each year the number of yellow, orange and white flowers has multiplied, especially along Milestone Road, in...read more