The Museum of African American History is dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans in New England from the colonial period through the 19th century.




M A A H    N A N T U C K E T   C A L E N D A R

Nantucket Campus  |  29 York Street, Five Corners  |  508.228.9833


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Absalom Boston




New Guinea Walk & Talk

Saturday | August 30, 2014* | 5:00pm

MAAH Admission fees apply* | Reservations encouraged

Depart from 29 York Street | Five Corners


Join us at the African Meeting House on Nantucket for a walk

through the New Guinea community with Site Manager Kimal McCarthy. 

See the Seneca Boston-Florence Higginbotham House, where whaling captain

Absalom Boston grew up, and explore the neighborhood where the island's

 African and Native residents settled in the 18th and 19th centuries.  |  (508) 228-9833


*General admission:  $5.00

Youth 13 - 17 years and seniors 62+: $3.00

Members and all children 12 years & under: free.


Previous New Guinea Walk & Talk dates:

July 12, 19 and 26 | August 9 and 22*

*August 22 was a special New Guinea Walk & Talk for


MAAH Music: Jazz Before Sunset
Sundays | 6:00pm

July 27 | August 31, 2014

29 York Street  |  Five Corners  |  Nantucket
Concert | MAAH admission fees apply

The Museum continues its Jazz Before Sunset summer concerts,

which kicked-off in May, and feature such Nantucket locals and

music artists as Jason Sullivan, Aidan Sherry, and ECliff Graves.

These and other popular instrumentalists will welcome the public for

evening performance this summer in the African Meeting House,

one of the Museum's National Historic Landmarks.

Come join us and bring your friends and family

to enjoy these live jazz music events.


Stay tuned for more

great things on the horizon!


Wonderful programs are coming to the African Meeting House:


The African Schol on York Street


Researching Nantucket's African American History


MAAH Music: Nantucket Christmas Stroll Concert


....and much more to be announced.





Nantucket Strolls:

Forgotten Byways

with Augusto C. Ramos

and Dr. Frances Karttunen



Dr. Claire Andrade-Watkins


Nantucket Strolls: Forgotten Byways

Film Presentation by Professor Claire Andrade-Watkins

Saturday | August 16, 2014 | 5:00pm
29 York Street  |  Five Corners  |  Nantucket
Film screening  |  Q&A  |  Reception

MAAH Admission fees apply


A formidable duo of Nantucket residents is working to ensure permanent public recognition of the island's people of color: African Americans, Cape Verdeans, Wampanoags, and Pacific Islanders. Dr. Frances Karttunen, a "descended Nantucketer,” is a linguist and ethnohistorian. Augusto “Augie” C. Ramos is a successful businessman, now retired, and patriarch of the Cape Verdean community. Both are featured in a new work-in-progress being created by historian and filmmaker Dr. Claire Andrade-Watkins.  Her film is documenting the duo's part in the history they preserve and their dedication to fair and equitable representation of the island's rich history, in addition to sharing how their extraordinary collaboration has led to some significant 'saves' of historical burial grounds and landmarks.


Join Dr. Andrade-Watkins for a presentation of Nantucket Strolls: Forgotten Byways in the Museum's African Meeting House on Nantucket.  Through the filmmaker's developing story of Ramos' and Karttunen's efforts to determine what to save, preserve and record of the history and the landmarks relating to the island's community of color, what emerges is a parallel story of these two respected icons.


Dr. Andrade-Watkins is Associate Professor of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College; 2014 Fellow, Swearer Center for Public Service, Brown University; and founder and president of SPIA Media Productions, Inc.   She is passionate about her research on the history of Cape Verdean communities. 


*MAAH Event and Daily Admissions

General admission:  $5.00

Youth 13 - 17 years and seniors 62+: $3.00

Members and all children 12 years & under: free.  |  (508) 228-9833


Florence Higginbotham

 (1897 - 1972)



The Florence Higginbotham Story:
Her Legacy Lives On!

Thursday | July 17, 2014 | 6:00pm
29 York Street | Five Corners
Reception follows | MAAH admission fees apply*

Meet Florence Higginbotham's daughter-in-law, Angeleen Campra, who will share recollections of "Mother Florence," her late husband Wilhelm, and memories of the Higginbotham family's years on Nantucket. MAAH Executive Director Beverly Morgan-Welch will interview Dr. Campra about Florence's love and care for the Seneca Boston-Florence Higginbotham House, and her commitment to preserving it and the adjacent African Meeting House as treasures of the Museum.

The evening's highlights include hearing from Florence's great grandson, DeAngelo Muhammad, who, with his wife and four children -- Florence's great-great grandchildren -- will be visiting the island and experiencing the family history for the first time.


Angeleen visited Nantucket for the first time in 1968 with her partner and Florence's son, Bill, who grew up on the Island. She was immediately taken with the island's history and was privileged to enjoy long conversations with Mother Florence about the past.  She attended the University of San Francisco and the California Institute of Integral Studies and is an independent scholar and cultural observer with interests in human representations of divinity, concerned with historical omissions and revisions – what has been silenced, denigrated, or denied – and their impact on present culture. Angeleen lives in San Francisco and currently works as the Administrative Dean at The Sanville Institute for Clinical Social Work and Psychotherapy in Berkeley, California and is an editor and writing coach.


Space is limited | Nantucket RSVP | (617) 725-0022 x222 | Directions



Bill Oliver


Chandelier Dedication and

Toast to William "Bill" Oliver

Thursday | June 26 | 6:00pm

29 York Street | Five Corners | Nantucket

Donations welcome

In 1837, Nantucket's Masonic Lodge donated a chandelier for the African School and church at the center of the New Guinea community. On June 17 of that year, a notice of gratitude appeared in the Nantucket Inquirer:

"The Colored Baptist Church and Society of Nantucket express their thanks to those Gentlemen who have recently furnished their Meeting House with an elegant chandelier." 

- From Barbara White's A Line in the Sand

Join us as we dedicate a new chandelier in the African Meeting House donated by the Union Lodge, and recognize the benevolence of current members and their Masonic Brothers from the early 1800s.

We also invite you to help the Museum and the community show our appreciation for William "Bill" Oliver's many years of outstanding service, abundant hospitality, and great care for the Meeting House and the Seneca Boston-Florence Higginbotham House as our Nantucket Site Manager. Bring photos of Bill in action at MAAH programs over the years to add to our memories.


Space is limited | Nantucket RSVP | (617) 725-0022 x222 | Directions


Jason Sullivan & Aidan Sherry


MAAH Music: Jazz Before Sunset

at the African Meeting House

Sunday | May 25, 2014 | 6:00 - 7:00pm
29 York Street | Five Corners | Nantucket

$5 suggested donation


This MAAH Music presentation features Jason Sullivan and Aidan Sherry, Nantucket locals and music artists, who welcome the public to an evening concert in the Museum's African Meeting House. Come and hear the unique sounds of guitars playing a jazz duet. Bring your friends and family to enjoy this live music event in our National Historic Landmark during Memorial Day Weekend.


Space is limited | Nantucket RSVP | (617) 725-0022 x222 | Directions


One Book, One Island:
Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

Peter Panchy:"Attitudes on

Race in the US: South and North"
Wednesday | March 12 | 2014 | 5:30pm

Museum of African American History

African Meeting House  |  29 York Street  |  Five Corners

Harper Lee always considered To Kill A Mockingbird to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature. Published in 1960, Mockingbird went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic. Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, Lee's book takes readers to the roots of human behavior -- to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos.

As Mockingbird also reflects the evils of racial intolerance, bigotry and prejudice, Peter Panchy, history teacher and former principal of Nantucket High School, will introduce the book and lead a discussion on "Attitudes on Race in the US: South and North."


This OBOI event will be hosted by the Museum's African Meeting House, one of 12 collaborating organizations who select a book for the community to read each year, distribute free copies and organize a series of events related to the book. Each year, the goal is to foster a love of reading and help build a sense of community.


African Meeting House c1885


Celebrate Black History on Nantucket

Saturdays  February 15 and 22, 2014  11am - 1pm

Museum of African American History  |  African Meeting House

29 York Street  |  Five Corners  |  Nantucket
Free and open to the public  Donations welcome


Join us for special Black History Month presentations in the African Meeting House, the most vivid reminder of a thriving nineteenth-century African American community on Nantucket. The Meeting House is the only public building constructed and occupied by blacks in the 19th century still standing on island. 


Come hear stories presented by Nantucket Site Manager Kimal McCarthy about Seneca and Thankful (Micah) Boston, who built their own home, while their son Absalom Boston helped to erect the Meeting House on land they originally purchased. The building served as a church, a school for African children, and welcomed all, including Native Americans, Cape Verdeans, Quakers, educators, and abolitionists.  Visit this National Historic Landmark, adjacent to the Seneca Boston-Florence Higginbotham House (currently undergoing restoration), both symbols of the sophistication of a black community and its dedication to changing the world.

Space is limited | Nantucket RSVP | (617) 725-0022 x222 | directions


Birthday Celebration for Dr. King

Honoring the Life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday January 20, 201  12:00PM

United Methodist Church | 2 Centre Street Nantucket
Free and open to the public

The theme for Nantucket's 2014 MLK Day Celebration is Honoring Dr. King's Life and Work: Discovering Inspiration for the Future. Hosted by the Museum and the Nantucket Interfaith Council, this program will feature representatives of the island's diverse communities reading the words of Dr. King and of Nelson Mandela, a selection of film clips, special performances, interactive presentations of African American hymns, audience sing-a-long and more.


Space is limited | Nantucket RSVP | (617) 725-0022 x222 | directions







African Meeting House


Nantucket Holiday Stroll

 A holiday celebration of poetry and music

Friday | December 6 | 2013

Museum of African American History

African Meeting House  |  29 York Street  |  Five Corners

Don't miss this festive evening featuring an artistic medley of poetry, vocal and instrumental performances. The Museum once again is participating in the Nantucket Christmas Stroll Concert Series, this year with a line up of local islanders, including MAAH's new Nantucket site manager*:

Paul Connors, vocalist

Justina James, vocalist

Kimal McCarthy*, poetry reading

Jake Vohs, pianist/ vocalist

Jacob Williams, guitarist/ vocalist


On the 40thanniversary of this annual event, embrace the undeniable charm of Nantucket Noel, a throwback to an old fashioned New England holiday tradition with carolers singing, lights twinkling, and celebratory concerts around the island.  Bring your family, friends, and neighbors - the more the merrier.


Space is limited  |  |  (508) 228-9833



Workshop featuring NHA's Betsy Tyler

Wednesday  |  October 30, 2013  |  10:00am

Nantucket Historical Association Research Library

Quaker Meeting House  |  7 Fair Street  |  Nantucket


Join us for a workshop introducing participants to the resources of the Nantucket Historical Association’s Research Library, with emphasis placed on resources for the study of African American history on Nantucket. Tour the library with Betsy Tyler, NHA’s Obed Macy Research Chair and editor of Historic Nantucket, and learn about the varied collections — manuscripts, photographs, research papers, genealogies — and be introduced to NHA's online research databases.


Ms. Tyler is the author of dozens of Nantucket house histories and several neighborhood guides for the Nantucket Preservation Trust,  as well as ’Sconset: A History; Sometimes Think of Me: Notable Nantucket Women Through the Centuries; and The ’Sconset Actors Colony: Broadway Offshore, published by the NHA.

Space is limited  |  |  (508) 228-9833



Explore Nantucket Sites with NHA's Mark Avery

Nantucket Historical Association

Friday  |  September 27, 2013  |  4:30pm

Museum of African American History

29 York Street  |  Five Corners  |  Nantucket

Reception follows  |  Admission fees apply

Take a virtual tour with Mark Avery, Director of Historic Properties for the Nantucket Historical Association, and explore some of the key landmarks of Nantucket Town and the historic New Guinea neighborhood. His talk will focus on the history of the built environment of Nantucket, including important landmarks of the African-American community around the present day Five-Corners area of town.

Join us and discover new insights about island's history through such sites as the Museum's African Meeting House (c1820), a National Historic Landmark where gatherings to campaign against slavery were held in the 19th century, and the Seneca Boston-Florence Higginbotham House (c1774), which dates before the Revolutionary War.The discussion will also delve into the greater national significance and context that surrounded these landmarks.

Space is limited  |  |  (508) 228-9833



Featuring Pianist Robbie Berhman and Vocalist Paul Connors

Thursday  |  August 29, 2013  |  12noon


Museum of African American History

29 York Street  |  Five Corners  |  Nantucket


Reception follows  |  Admission fees apply

Join us in the African Meeting House for a performance of songs, from
Scott Joplin to Irving Berlin, featuring pianist Robbie Berhman and vocalist
Paul Connors.

Ragtime was developed in African American communities, predates jazz and the explosion of sound recordings, and became widespread through the sale of published sheet music and piano rolls. Its name is believed to be a contraction of the term “ragged time,” which refers to its rhythmically broken melodies.

Space is limited  |  |  (508) 228-9833







Ambassador Luis CdeBaca

Vaughn Bagley and

Estevan Rael-Gálvez


Tuesday  |  August 20, 2013  |  7pm


Museum of African American History

29 York Street  |  Nantucket


Reception follows  |  Admission fees apply

Although the institution of slavery has been outlawed, human trafficking continues in the United States and around the world.

The Museum’s historic African Meeting House on Nantucket, where gatherings to campaign against slavery in the 19th century were held, hosts a panel discussion on the complexities of today’s human trafficking.  

An Ambassador from the United States Department of State, Luis CdeBaca (top left), Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, will be joined by Vaughn Bagley (center left) most recently of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s anti-trafficking unit and the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez (bottom left), Senior Vice President of Historic Sites for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The program will begin with a film presentation of Journey to Freedom, which draws startling similarities between the anti-slavery movement that occurred in America’s early history and the modern abolition movement.  This event continues the Museum’s yearlong commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with special exhibit, lectures, concerts, and educational programming, all under the banner of Freedom Rising.

Space is limited  |  |  (617) 725-0022 x222

MAAH Event and Daily Admissions

General admission:  $5.00

Youth 13 - 17 years and seniors 62+: $3.00

Members and all children 12 years & under: free.







Weekly Summer Series




Local Historians, Performers

and Other Special Guests


July and August, 2013

Thursdays  |  12noon

(unless otherwise noted)


Museum of African American History

29 York Street  |  Nantucket


Nantucket history and the New Guinea community's

role in the Civil War with historians, music and poetry.

Call to confirm time and topic for each week's Nantucket Talk.

Space is limited  |  |  508.228.9833


Annual Frank and Bette Spriggs Lecture


Black Northern Activists and the

Meaning of the Civil War



Dr. Stephen Kantrowitz

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 3:00pm

Museum of African American History

29 York Street  |  Nantucket

Free and open to the public.

Reception and book signing follow

Join us in the Museum's Nantucket African Meeting House as Dr. Stephen Kantrowitz discusses his acclaimed book, More than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829-1889. The epic struggle to abolish slavery in the United States takes on new dimensions when seen through the eyes of the free black activists of Massachusetts, as they recruited white allies and fought to be regarded as fellow citizens.

Dr. Kantrowitz, a native of Brookline, Massachusetts, is a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His first book, Ben Tillman and the Reconstruction of White Supremacy, was a New York Times Notable Book that won several scholarly awards.

Space is limited | | (508) 228-9833

PAST PROGRAMS 2010 - 2012
Image: Paul Connors - Vocalist and Guitarist



featuring a performance by

Paul Connors
Vocals with Guitar

Join us in the Nantucket African Meeting House

for a delightful concert by Paul Connors (left) performing
Bing’s Tunes: Jazz and Pop Music from 1926 to 1979,

songs from movies and radio shows, plus

Hawaiian, Irish, and cowboy songs.


Saturday September 8 at 2:00 pm


Museum of African American History

29 York Street  |   Five Corners


RSVP: Please confirm your attendance:

 (617)725-0022 x222.

Image: Dr. Louis Wilson, Professor, Scholar, Author

Annual Frank and Bette Spriggs Lecture



featuring a presentation by

Dr. Louis Wilson
Professor, Scholar, Author

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm

African Meeting House, Nantucket
29 York Street (Five Corners)

The American Revolution was a defining moment in the formation of what became the United States of America. The men and women who fought in that conflict have, for the most part, been memorialized. Unfortunately, this history gives little account of the many black soldiers who fought in the war.

Dr. Louis Wilson, Professor of African and African American History at Smith College, has captured through his research the names of more than 800 men who served in Revolutionary War army units from Rhode Island. In his talk, Dr. Wilson will share the personal stories of these men who fought to liberate their country from tyranny while their own personal freedom was not guaranteed.

Dr. Wilson’s present research is focused on two areas: African Americans in the American Revolutionary War and free blacks in Rhode Island prior to the Civil War. His most recent works include an article published in the book “Love Across the Color Line” and the completion of “Americans” (co-authored, Houghton Mifflin, 2004), a series of high school social science text. He has been a senior Fulbright researcher at the University of Cape Town, South Africa; a visiting professor of American Studies at the University of Hamburg; and a fellow at the
W. E. B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University.

Click here to RSVP for this free event.

For more information or questions, please contact Cara Liasson
at or (617) 725-0022 x222

Summer hours: Monday through Saturday, 11am-3pm
General admission: $5.00; youth 13 - 17 years and seniors 62+: $3.00;
Members and all kids 12 years & under: free.

"Recovered Lives 4: The Pompey Family"
Thursday, August 30

12 noon

With Frances Karttunen who will discuss the legacy of the Pompey family, a prosperous and

talented family with Nantucket roots whose story begins in the 1700’s with their namesake, a slave named Pompey who was manumitted, to Edward Pompey, a whaler/merchant and subscription agent of the Liberator and Sampson Pompey, a Civil War Veteran and member of the

Grand Army of the Republic in the 1800’s.

"Recovered Lives 3: The Rev. James Crawford"
Thursday, August 23

12 noon

Reverend James Crawford

With Frances Karttunen who will discuss the life of Rev. James Crawford, an ex-slave who became an ordained Baptist minister and was pastor for over forty years at the Nantucket Meetinghouse.

"On Being Site Managers

for the African Meeting House"

Thursday, August 16

12 noon

With Frank and Bette Spriggs, the Museum of African American History’s first

Nantucket Site Managers, who ran the Nantucket sites from 1999-2009.


How We Did It:

The Restoration of the African Meeting House
Saturday, August 11

2:00 pm

Helen Seager

Helen Seager, Founder, Friends of the African Meeting House on Nantucket, will give an illustrated talk about how she and a community of volunteers worked together to restore the Nantucket Meetinghouse in the 1990’s and raised awareness of the site’s history and significance.

"Recovered Lives 2: Cyrus Peirce"
Thursday, August 9

12 noon

Cyrus Peirce

With Barbara Ann White, Nantucket author, who will talk about Cyrus Peirce, a leading abolitionist as well as an educator. Peirce was the first director of the first teacher-training school in the United States, the founder of the Lexington Normal School, the first school in what evolved into the state university system of Massachusetts, and the first principal of Nantucket High School.

"Life in Codfish Park"
Thursday, August 2

12 noon

With Joan Wilson-Godeau who will talk about the lives of her parents and their contemporaries

who made their home down below the Sconset Bank in Codfish Park from the middle of the

1920s onward.

"Recovered Lives 1: Annie Nahar"
Thursday, July 26

12 noon




Barbara Ann White



Frances Karttunen

Annie Nahar was a graduate of Nantucket High School who followed the example of teacher

Anna Gardner and went from Nantucket to New Orleans at the end of the Civil War to teach

children newly released from slavery.

With Nantucket authors, Barbara Ann White, (A Line in the Sand: The Battle to Integrate Nantucket Public Schools, 1827-1847), and Frances Karttunen, (The Other Islanders: People Who Pulled Nantucket's Oars).

"Nantucket's Union Lodge"
Thursday, July 19

12 noon

With Francis W. Pease, a Nantucket native and businessman who has been an active Mason since 1946 and will discuss the history of Freemasonry (from 1771 to the present), the oldest and largest fraternity in the world, and how Nantucket’s Union Lodge is an example of a typical masonic lodge.

"The Reconstruction of Great Point Lighthouse: Documentary Photographs"

Thursday, July 12

Come witness the rebirth of New England’s most powerful light! Photographer Rob Benchley has drawn from a variety of sources to create a gripping show of photographs that reveal the resurrection of Great Point Lighthouse from its ruins on the day after the 1986 storm that toppled it.

The light’s reconstruction was done by local contractor Augusto “Augie” Ramos and his son Rookie.

Thursday Noontime Talks

are held at The African Meeting House

27 York Street

Dedicated to Renee Oliver & Eleanor Jones

(508) 228-9833


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Come learn about the extraordinary Reverend Louise Baker (1846-1896), one of the first ordained women ministers in the USA. She served as pastor of Nantucket's North Congregational Church for many years. She was also a supporter of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, and a published poet.

Thursday Noontime Talks

are held at The African Meeting House

27 York Street

Dedicated to Renee Oliver & Eleanor Jones

(508) 228-9833


Nantucket African Meeting House

Hosts Gospel Concert  


Saturday * April 14 * 2pm

MAAH Nantucket * 27 York Street * Five Corners

African Meeting House - Nantucket    

Image: Jessica Heuser, Soprano

Jessica Heuser

Renowned soprano Jessica Heuser will perform a concert featuring various Gospel and spiritual music selections.  Accompanied by pianist Robby Berhman, Heuser will be joined by her students.  Click here for more information about MAAH's Nantucket Campus. 


Hours/Admission/Directions:  Museum entrance fees apply.  Accessible for all.
Click to request more information or call 508-228-9833.


“Jazz People”

Nantucket's 6th Annual One Book, One Island Finale

An Afternoon of Jazz and Poetry
Featuring renowned poet, songwriter, author, and educator

Regie Gibson
and Musician Paul Connors

February 19 • 2 – 4pm • 2012

29 York Street • Nantucket, Five Corners

Music and spoken word in the African Meeting House close week of events designed
to foster the importance of life-long learning and provide multiple opportunities for cultural
enrichment in the Nantucket community. Accessible for all.

Admission fees apply [link], unless otherwise noted.

For details about additional events:

Contact MAAH Nantucket

Email • or
Phone • 508.228.9833






Theatre Workshop and
Nantucket Comedy Festival
(Nantucket Atheneum)



FEBRUARY12th - 19th

Nantucket's 6th Annual
One Book, One Island
featuring Dashiell Hammett's
The Maltese Falcon

(Nantucket African Meeting House and other venues)


August, 2011


Events on Nantucket


(See below for July, 2011 events.)

Brown Bag Lunch Series
July and August
Thursday’s Noon to 1 P.M.

Aug. 25

Brown Bag Lunch:Dr. Francis Karttunen: Lucretia Coffin Mott, Abolitionist and Feminist (Noon to 1 P.M.)

Aug. 25

Spriggs Lecture: Elise Lemoire author of Black Walden; 2 P.M. <Details>

Aug. 26

Meet the musician night:Come meet Rio Clemente, David “Happy” Williams and Jake Vohs; 4 – 6 P.M.

Aug. 27

Jazz Festival: Rio Clemente, piano; David “Happy” Williams base; Jake Vohs, drummer
Tickets: $25.00
Location: First Congregational Church


Please consider the African Meeting House as the location for your wedding ceremony.

In order to help preserve these historic sites please make a contribution.

Past August 2011 Events:

Aug. 04

Brown Bag Lunch:Barbara White: Anna Gardner"A Disturber of Traditions" - Teacher of Freedmen (Noon to 1 P.M.)

Aug. 10

New York School of Interior Design (NYSID): Come hear the students report on the findings and research on the Boston Higginbotham House; 2 P.M.

Aug. 11

Brown Bag Lunch:Barbara White and Dr. Francis Karttunen: Colored Cemetery (Noon to 1 P.M.)

Aug. 18

Brown Bag Lunch: Dr. Francis Karttunen: Free Will Immigrants: Nantucket’s Cape Verdean Heritage (Noon to 1 P.M.)

Aug. 19

Lecture:Ames Fellowship Recipient Dr. Denise Patton, UMASS: Of Educational Value? 3 Generations of African Americans and the Nantucket Public Schools; 7 P.M.


July, 2011


Events on Nantucket


(See below for June, 2011 events.)

Brown Bag Lunch Series
July and August
Thursday’s Noon to 1 P.M.

July 7:

Francis Karttunen: Captain Boston Had a Wife: The Maritime of Hannah Cook Boston

July 14:

Helen Seager: Evolution of the Black Heritage Trail


Francis Karttunen: The Remains of the Indians: What Became of Nantucket’s Wampanoag’s?

July 28:

Barbara White: Cyrus Peirce "Live to the Truth" - the story of an educator and an abolitionist.

June, 2011


Events on Nantucket
June 4:
Preservation Month:
Tour and light refreshments;
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

June 11:
Docent workshop; 10:00 a.m.
Consider being a docent at an exciting place.
Meet your neighbors and enjoy the fun!
Call 508-228-9833

June 18:
Dr. Kathryn Cramer Brownell
Visiting Assistant Professor at Boston University
Topic:  “Stars for Freedom: Hollywood and the Civil Rights Movement.”

2:00 p.m.

Celebrate on June 18th
Juneteenth: Barbeque to follow: Special thanks to Rocky Fox from the Chicken Box for helping with the barbeque.

Treasures from the Collection; Bibles
Saturday April 30 to October 2, 2011

The Bibles date from 1804 to 1929.

They are part of the collections and treasures of the African Meeting House, some of its members when the building was a church, and the Boston/Higginbotham House families. Stop by, read the various inscriptions, and enjoy!

The Museum of African American History
African Meeting House
Seneca Boston-Florence Higginbotham House
27 & 29 York Street
(Five Corners)
Nantucket, MA


Northern White Cedar

Short, twisted trees on Nantucket, painting by Theodore Robinson (USA)
in 1882

Wampanoag Canoe, Plimouth Plantation, Massachusetts

The Museum of African American History
African Meeting House
Seneca Boston-Florence Higginbotham House
27 & 29 York Street
(Five Corners)
Nantucket, MA



Dale Gary, Town Arborist
Topic: Nantucket Trees

Saturday, April 2, 2011, 2 P.M.

Mr. Gary has been working on Nantucket for more than twenty years. He is the Town Arborist or Tree Warden. Mr. Gary will focus on our Nantucket trees. He desires to speak to your questions about our native trees as well as those that have been planted here.

Please come with your questions and concerns.

Open Daffodil Weekend
Saturday, April 30; 11 A.M. to 1 P.M.
Sunday, May 1; 1 – 3 P.M.

Treasures from the Collection; Bibles
Saturday April 30 to October 2, 2011

The Bibles date from 1804 to 1929. They are part of the collections and treasures of the African Meeting House, some of its members when the building was a church, and the Boston/Higginbotham House.

Stop by, read the various inscriptions, and enjoy!

Original Hospital on West Chester Street

The Museum of African American History
African Meeting House
Seneca Boston-Florence Higginbotham House
27 & 29 York Street
(Five Corners)
Nantucket, MA

Dr. Margot Hartmann, President & CEO
Nantucket Cottage Hospital
“Nantucket’s Hospital in Its One-hundredth Year”
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
7 P.M.

As part of a year-long observance of its centennial year, the Nantucket Cottage Hospital has begun to "honor its past" and "celebrate the future." Dr. Margot Hartmann, president and CEO of the hospital, will look at the beginnings, the milestones, and the accomplishments of Nantucket Cottage Hospital since its founding in 1911.
After a brief look at the history of NCH and the hospital "by the numbers," Dr. Hartmann will explain some of the challenges in providing around-the-clock emergency, in-patient and long-term health care on an island thirty miles out to sea.

Image: Rev Edward Blackman

Rev. Edward Blackman

Monday, January 17, 2011

12 noon

Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance
“Celebrating Sacrifice”

A talk by Rev. Edward Blackman, Museum of African American History Advisory Council.

Location: Summer Street Church, One Summer Street, Nantucket.

Free admission.

Co-sponsored by the Interfaith Council and the African Meeting House, Museum of African American History.

Christmas Stroll

Nantucket, MA

An Evening of Music
Friday, December 3, 2010
4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Come enjoy the music
Refreshments: Hot cider and cookies

Leonard Germinara is MC

4:00 – 4:30 P.M. Owen LaFarge, Pianist

4:30 – 5:00 P.M. Jake Vohs, Guitarist, Drummer
and Vocalist

5:00 – 5:30 P.M. Armen Ghazaryan, Violinist

5:30 – 6:00 P.M. Tim Comings and Paul Connors,
Vocalists with guitar

6:00 – 6:30 P.M. Jim Sulzer, Classical Guitarist

6:30 – 7:00 P.M. Neville Richen, Special Reading

7:00 P.M. the winner of the Nantucket Lightship Basket will be announced


  • Jazz Co
  • Spoken Word Nantucket

Please consider the African Meeting House as the location for your wedding ceremony.

In order to help preserve these historic sites: Please make a contribution.

Image: Seagrille Restaurant Logo

November 19, 2010 (During Dinner Hours)

Have dinner at the Seagrille Restaurant to benefit

the African Meeting House

The Seagrille Restaurant earlier this year instituted (for the off season) Friday nights as Non-Profit Night.  On these non-profits nights proceeds are given to a selected non-profit. We are pleased to announce that the African Meeting House was selected. 

Image: Margot Montgomery Bedroom Design

November 6, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

Interior Simplicity

Featuring Margot Montgomery
Owner of Nantucket Interiors. 

Margot Montgomery is an interior designer who has been living and working on Nantucket since 1980, Margot Montgomery has clients in Massachusetts, New York and California. This year is the 25th anniversary of her business.

African Meeting House Nantucket

Charles Walker


Like the black children shown in this engraving, Sarah Roberts was denied entrance to school because of her color. “Turned Away from School,” Anti-Slavery Almanac, Boston, 1839

[Image from the Massachusetts Historical Society website, "Long Road to Justice; the African American Experience in Massachusetts Courts"]

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

2 pm

Charles Walker: Lecture

Sarah Roberts vs. the School Committee of Boston, the birth of Jim Crow. An in depth discussion of the Sarah Roberts vs. The School Committee of Boston, 5 Cushing 198 (1850).


Saturday, September 18, 2010

2 pm

Distance and Home: African American Family Life in Late-19th Century Nantucket

Ames Fellow Lecture with Teresa D. Bulger, 2010 James Bradford Ames Fellow. PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley explores the development and change of African American family life on Nantucket over the course of the late-19th century, as various family members stayed on the island, others left for places like New York and California, and returned after years elsewhere. This lecture provides a holistic perspective of these families, tracing the successes and crises they faced in the complicated economic, political, and social context of the post-bellum north.

NOTE: This lecture will also be presented at UMass Boston Campus Center, Alumni Lounge on September 16. RSVP:

Rio Clemente

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Museum of African American History
African Meeting House
Seneca Boston-Florence Higginbotham House
27 & 29 York Street
(Five Corners)
Nantucket, MA


Rio Clemente’

Robby Behrman, Master of Ceremonies

"Meet the Artists" Reception:
5 pm - 7 pm,
Courtyard @ European Traditions, 12 Straight Wharf

Concert: 7 pm
First Congregational Church

Concert tickets are on sale for $20 at The Bean, Natucket Bookworks, The Tennis Loft, and the African Meeting House.

Rio Clemente, who performed here on April 24th, is returning for a September 1st concert at First Congregational Church.  Event is co-sponsored by: Jazz Co, the African Meeting House, and the First Congregational Church. The September 1 concert will be at 7 P.M. Robby Behrman, will be the M.C.

Included in the program will be Armen Ghazaryan, a gifted classical violinist, and Paul Connors, a vocalist, specializing in jazz and blues from the 20’s and 30’s.

Nantucket Lightship Basket Raffle


Nantucket Lightship Basket

The Museum of African American History
African Meeting House
Seneca Boston-Florence Higginbotham House
27 & 29 York Street
(Five Corners)
Nantucket, MA

Nantucket Lightship Basket Raffle

Beginning Daffodil Weekend we will raffle an original Nantucket Lightship Basket, made and donated by Dr. Thomas Springer.

Raffle tickets will sell for $5.00 each and will be sold through Christmas Stroll, Friday, December 3. The basket is 11”d x 7” h; handle, base, and rim are made of cherry. The basket is valued at $1,200.00. Please see attached pictures.

The winner will be announced during our Christmas Stroll program
at 7 pm, December 3, 2010

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