Adult Programs

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Interpretive Walks

A Walk with Maria Mitchell Through Nantucket Town Register

A unique collaborative walking tour that brings the natural and historical world of Nantucket together in one! How would Maria have interpreted what she saw on a stroll through downtown Nantucket? Learn not only about her history and the historic buildings and landscape, but also how she would have enjoyed the natural world around them. Limited Space, reservations necessary. Please call 508-228-2896 to register.

Saturday May 9 10am - 12pm

Members: $10
Non-members: $15

Pre-registration required. Please call 508-228-2896 to register.

Maria Mitchell and the Daring Daughters of Nantucket

Join the curator of the Mitchell House for a walking tour concerning the lives of Maria Mitchell and Nantucket’s famous and infamous women, as well as the lesser known women of our island.  Learn why whaling, Quakerism, and the isolation of an island afforded these women opportunities that women elsewhere in America at the time were not afforded.

Saturday, October 3, 10am-12pm

Members: $10
Non-members: $15

Pre-registration required. Please call 508-228-2896 to register.

Early-bird Bird Walk Register

Join Ginger Andrews, Nantucketer and naturalist, on an early morning birding trip. This is a great opportunity to learn about the common bird species on Nantucket. No experience necessary and a vehicle is also not required.  Some binoculars are available for loan.

Program Information Page- Directions, what to bring, what to expect

Friday 6:30am-8am
July 17 to Sept 11

Members: $5
Non-members: $10

Pre-registration required. Please call 508-228-9198 to register or register online.

Four Centuries Domestic Tour

A unique collaborative walking tour with the Curator of the Mitchell House, Nantucket Preservation Trust’s Executive Director and the Nantucket Historical Association’s Education Staff that looks at the changes in domestic life over four centuries and how it shaped homes, buildings, neighborhoods, and land use.  Participants should meet at the Oldest House on Sunset Hill (tour will end on Main Street).

Saturday, May 30, 10am-12pm
Saturday, September 12, 10am-12pm

$10 per person

Pre-registration required. Please call 508-228-2896 to register.


Historic Mortar and Plaster Demonstration

Come learn about the fantastic scientific process behind slaking lime for mortar and plaster (see it boil and bubble!) and how you can preserve your historic house using centuries old techniques. Island architectural conservator and mason Pen Austin utilizes historic processes to work on historic chimneys and historic plaster both on and off the island. Witness the process of slaking mortar, the importance of using historically accurate methods that help to ensure the stability of your chimney and your home, and the evolution of the fireplace and hearth!

Saturday, June 6, 10am -12pm

FREE in celebration of Nantucket's Preservation Month

Please call 508-228-2896 to register.

Preserving the Monuments of Our Ancestors: How to Properly Clean Historic Gravestones

Join the curator of the Mitchell House and the Prospect Hill Cemetery Association historian for a short talk about stone monuments and their conservation.  The class will then move to the Prospect Hill Cemetery where participants will learn how to properly clean stone monuments.  Class will be hands on so wear appropriate clothes and bring protective eyewear (sunglasses will suffice).  Please Note: This class is to teach others so that they may clean their family’s stone monuments.  One must speak with the sextant of a cemetery before doing this.  One must not work on stones not belonging to their family unless it is through a special program that has been condoned by the cemetery and other officials.

Limited space, reservations necessary.

Saturday, June 13, 10am - 12pm

Members: $10
Non-members: $15

Please call 508-228-2896 to register.

Check the calendar for upcoming programming.