Workshops & Lectures

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Historic Bake Oven Demonstration

Have you ever wondered how a woman of the nineteenth century or earlier used a bake oven?  Have a historic fireplace or bake oven in your home that you would like to use for cooking?  Then join the Mitchell House and Nantucket Preservation Trust as we visit a private historic home on the island for a cooking demonstration and tasting with the homeowner and a discussion concerning the development of chimneys, fireplaces, and bake ovens with island historic masonry expert Pen Austin.

Limited space, reservations necessary.

Saturday, May 17, 3pm

NPT/MMA Members: $10
Non-members: $15

Please call 508-228-9198 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 7, 10am-12pm

Members: $10
Non-members: $15

Please call 508-228-2896 to register.

Historic House Maintenance Primer

Join island historic preservation carpenters Sanford Kendall and Nathan Killeen of Nathan Killeen Old House Restoration, island historic plaster and historic masonry expert Pen Austin, and old house window expert Brian Fitzgibbon for a detailed talk about how to keep your historic house in top form.  We will discuss plaster, paints, windows, chimneys, and more, and learn how you can live in an old home comfortably and still preserve its historic fabric!  We will start at the Mitchell House and visit a few other historic private homes nearby where work has been performed recently by these three experts.


CANCELLED: Saturday, September 6

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, September 20, 10am-12pm

$5.00 per person

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