Maria Mitchell’s 200th Birthday Events

Maria Mitchell's 200th Birthday Speaker Series

David Baron

David Baron is the author of American Eclipse in which Maria Mitchell was one of the featured astronomers. Baron is a journalist, author, and broadcaster who has spent his thirty-year career largely in public radio. He has worked as an environmental correspondent for NPR, a science reporter for Boston’s WBUR, and health and science editor for PRI’s The World. He currently serves as scholar in residence at the University of Colorado’s Center for Environmental Journalism.

Wednesday, June 27th
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Free to all!

Nantucket Atheneum

Dava Sobel Register Here

Dava Sobel, a former New York Times science reporter, is the author of LongitudeGalileo’s DaughterThe Planets, and A More Perfect Heaven. She has also co-authored six books, including Is Anyone Out There? with astronomer Frank Drake. A long-time science contributor to Harvard Magazine, AudubonDiscoverLife, Omni, and The New Yorker, she continues to write for several on-line and print publications. Her current book is The Glass Universe, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017 published in December 2016.

Wednesday, July 25th
7:00PM - 8:00 PM


Nantucket Historical Association's Whaling Museum

J. Drew Lanham

J. Drew Lanham is a professor of wildlife at Clemson University, where he holds an endowed chair as an Alumni Distinguished Professor and was named an Alumni Master Teacher in 2012. His research focuses on songbird ecology, as well as the African-American role in natural-resources conservation. Lanham is also an author and award-nominated poet; his first solo work, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, was published in 2016. Drew received his B.A. and M.S. in Zoology, and his Ph.D. in Forest Resources, from Clemson. He is also a board member of the National Audubon Society.

Wednesday, August 22nd
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Free to all!

Nantucket Atheneum

Special Events

Research Center Grand Opening

After a major multi-year renovation to the Science Library, on the site of the Historic Mitchell Schoolhouse, the building will be finished and celebrated with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to commemorate all who have helped with the effort.  The new lab and classroom within the Research Center will be open to scientists and students and the century old collection of samples representing the flora and fauna of Nantucket will find a permanent and environmentally stable home.

Invite only event.


Friday, May 25th

Comet Chaser Family Event at Cisco Brewers

Cisco Brewers will help celebrate Maria Mitchell’s 200th year with this family friendly event with outdoor science activities. The celebration will also feature the release of a signature cocktail called “Comet Chaser” with proceeds supporting the Maria Mitchell Association.

Sunday, June 3
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Nantucket Red-Tie Soirée

Join us for a fun-filled and exciting evening as the Maria Mitchell Association presents the Nantucket Red-Tie Soirée. This is our largest fundraiser of the year and we’re pulling out all the stops. Along with some great surprises, you’ll enjoy an open bar, exceptional food, and great music from the Perry Rossi Band. And yes, we’ll also have Spanky’s Raw Bar!

Tickets will be sold closer to the date!

Sunday, July 8
Sankaty Head Golf Club
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Maria Mitchell's 200th Birthday Party and Parade

Every year, the Maria Mitchell Association holds a celebration of the organizations’ namesake, but this year will be a big one! To celebrate the monumental 200th Birthday of America’s first female astronomer, there will be the usual hands-on family science activities and refreshments, but also a children’s parade leading up to the party from the MMA Aquarium. Special proclamations in Maria Mitchell’s name will be made and plenty of fun for the whole family!

Wednesday, August 1
Vestal Street Campus
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Free for all!

Meteor Shower Party

Join our Astronomy staff on the beach for a viewing of the Perseid Meteor Shower. This is one of the brightest meteor showers of the year with sixty meteors per hour expected!

Weather permitting.

Surfside Beach
Sunday, August 12 10:00 PM -
Monday, August 13 12:00 AM

Maria Mitchell Women in Science Symposium Register

The Maria Mitchell Association and its partners will bring together women involved in STEM for an engaging meeting that will connect women in all disciplines. Both students and professionals will be encouraged to attend. The Symposium will feature a keynote speaker and a series of lectures, meetings, round tables, and salon-style group discussions.

Friday & Saturday, October 5-6
Boston Metro Area

Special Activities and Programs

NHA Exhibit of Maria Mitchell

The Nantucket Historical Association will host an exhibit curated by the MMA’s Deputy Director & Curator of the Mitchell House, Archives, and Special Collections, Jascin Leonardo Finger with the NHA’s curator Michael Harrison. The exhibit will hold rarely displayed items that capture the life and times of Maria Mitchell.

Starting Friday, March 30

Nantucket Historical Association's Whaling Museum

Women in Science Panel Discussion

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mitchell’s birth (August 1, 1818) the Maria Mitchell Association and the Nantucket Atheneum host a discussion with island women scientists who will talk about what drew them to a career in science, what that journey was like and how we can inspire girls to want to be scientists.

The panel includes: Karen Beattie (Nantucket Conservation Foundation), Sara T. Bois (Linda Loring Nature Foundation), Regina Jorgenson (Maria Mitchell Association),  Emily Molden (Land Council)  and Tara Riley (Town of Nantucket). The panel will be moderated by Emily Goldstein-Murphy (Maria Mitchell Association).

Wednesday, March 21
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Free admission

Great Hall of the Nantucket Atheneum

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