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New Book Releases to Celebrate the Holidays

Frosted storefront windows twinkle with the glow of holiday bulbs and Main Street is lined with trees. A festive wreath on the Nantucket Atheneum’s front door welcomes locals and tourists alike, providing a quiet refuge in the colder months. Once more, the island is dressed for the season. Our library shelves get a dose of […]

Toddler Time in the Weezie Library

Join us for a fun and engaging 25-30 minute story time for toddlers ages 18-36 months. Free admission. No reservation required, but program is limited to first 10 toddlers and their caregivers. Tickets available at the Children’s Desk when the library opens.

A Degree of Freedom: The Life and Legacy of Frederick Douglass

By Elizabeth Kelly Atheneum Reference Librarian On August 10th 1841, an ordinary steamboat made its ritual passage across the sound from New Bedford to Nantucket Harbor. Upon it, however, sailed an extraordinary man—one who would use the power of his own experiences to fight the institution of slavery. His name was Frederick Douglass. Born a […]

Women in Atheneum History

By Caitlin Kelly Atheneum Reference Librarian Throughout its long history, Nantucket has produced no dearth of strong, influential women. The Nantucket Atheneum, in a slightly shorter time-span, has had the good fortune to showcase the talents and inspiring words of many such women. Below are the stories of the abolitionists, suffragettes, and one astronomer who […]

The Abolitionist Movement

The Atheneum Celebrates Nantucket’s Anti-Slavery Movement and Local Abolitionists By Caitlin Kelley, Atheneum Reference Department The Atheneum had the great privilege of working with PBS’s American Experience to include Nantucket’s rich abolitionist history in their television series, The Abolitionists. While conducting research for this project, we found a rich trove of information on the three anti-slavery […]

Music in the Morning

Join Lizza Obremski for fun and engaging songs, singing games, and movement activities aimed at teaching musical skills to the very young. Space is limited and tickets are required. Tickets will be handed out on first-come, first-served basis at the Weezie desk. Tuesdays (for ages 2-7) 9:45 – 10:30 am Gallery Free admission, with a ticket Check the […]

Cold Turkey Plunge Returns For 18th Year On Thanksgiving Day 2019

This year the Nantucket Atheneum Cold Turkey Plunge turns 18!  This annual Atheneum fundraiser features hundreds of spectators and swimmers who brave the cold waters at Children’s Beach on Thanksgiving morning to benefit the Weezie Library for Children. Complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and pastries are generously provided by local businesses. Individual Plungers and teams are […]

Interwoven Stories: A Nantucket Stitching Gam Launches October 1

The Artists’ Association of Nantucket and the Nantucket Atheneum kick off a one year community-based stitching and textile project at the Atheneum’s Great Hall on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 1 pm. Anyone interested in the project is invited to attend the kick off and learn more about Interwoven Stories, Pick up a free kit of […]