NANTUCKET, MA –The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce that its spring 2014 Food for Thought lecture series will take place on Thursdays from February 13, 2014 through May 1, 2014. This free community program occurs every Thursday from Noon to 1 P.M. at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street.
The spring 2014 Food for Thought lecture series features presenters from Nantucket and beyond. Speakers include local authors, filmmakers, and representatives of businesses, organizations, and public-interest groups who provide engaging lectures on timely topics that are aligned with Nantucket’s rich culture and history. Audience members are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch while listening to the informative lectures at the Whaling Museum.
“Food for Thought provides a fantastic opportunity for Nantucket residents to learn more about the island and each other,” says Marjan Shirzad, NHA Director of Visitor Experience. “It is so rewarding to be able to offer Nantucketers a free, lunch-time community program on a wide range of topics, from history to the arts, music to good nutrition, right in the heart of downtown.”
The Food For Thought lecture series began in the fall of 2006. At that time, NHA Executive Director Bill Tramposch said, “The mission of the NHA is to infuse a greater appreciation and respect for the important historic role that Nantucket has played in national and world heritage. We also aspire to reach and serve diverse audiences as a year-round organization.” That mission is as central to the NHA today as it was then and the Food For Thought series is an integral part of the fall and spring programming schedule.
The 2014 Food for Thought program series is partially supported by a grant from the M.S. Worthington Foundation.
The 2014 February Food for Thought speakers are:
Thursday, February 13: Black History Month Lecture "Annie Nahar: Untold Courage" with Fran Karttunen and Barbara White
This lecture will discuss the story of Annie Nahar, a Nantucket native who moved to New Orleans and educated newly freed slaves after the Civil War. Annie Nahar was a beneficiary of the struggle for racial integration of the Nantucket public schools that had been waged by Eunice Ross. According to schoolmate Joseph Farnham, Annie could have passed for white, but she "was true to and dwelt with colored people."
Speaker Frances Karttunen graduated from Nantucket High School. Having earned a Ph.D. in linguistics, she spent three decades at the University of Texas at Austin. After returning home, she has dedicated her time to writing books about Nantucket history. Her latest work, Nantucket's North Shore: A Neighborhood History, will be published in June 2014.
Speaker Barbara White is a retired Nantucket public school teacher. Her book, A Line in the Sand, details the role Nantucket played in the history of school integration in the 1840s. She researched the life of Anna Gardner, a Nantucket school teacher who taught in the South during Reconstruction. She has recently finished a biography of Cyrus Peirce, who started the first public teacher training college in the United States.
Thursday, February 20: “Adventures on the High Seas: Sailing Across the Atlantic” with Alfie Sanford
Alfred Sanford has spent his life sailing, both coastal cruising and blue water passage-making. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in mathematics and MIT with a degree in architecture, he spent a few years in the business world in Boston before coming to Nantucket full-time to start Sanford Boat Company with his brother Edward. Sanford Boat Company developed and built the Alerion class sloop, a high-tech wooden replica of a famous historic vessel. With his partner Rick Wood, Sanford developed and operated Sanford Wood Marine, a large boatyard on San Francisco Bay.
In 1986 Sanford acquired Impala, a sailboat he had admired as a child. Since then, he has sailed her 75,000 nautical miles, including the 2011 crossing of the Atlantic with four young Nantucketers, the focus of this presentation.
Thursday, February 27: “Nantucket Wildfire Awareness” with the Nantucket Conservation Foundation and the Nantucket Fire Department
This multi-media presentation will focus on the Nantucket Conservation Foundation's Wildfire Risk Reduction Program, and features speakers from the Nantucket Fire Department.
Speaker Jim Lentowski is Executive Director of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation. A native of Chicopee, Massachusetts, Jim holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from UMass Amherst. Under his tutelage, the Foundation’s land holdings have grown from 1,200 acres to 9,000 acres, 30% of the island. In addition to his on-island interests, Jim’s professional activities include ongoing participation with the Land Trust Alliance and serving as a founding Steering Committee member of the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition.
For more information on upcoming Food for Thought programs at the Nantucket Historical Association, please visit www.nha.org or call (508) 228-1894.
2014 Food for Thought Lecture Series
February 13 – May 1, 2014
Noon – 1 P.M.
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street