April 2, 2015

The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association
E-Comet Newsletter

    Science Festival a Great Success
The Nantucket Science Festival was a huge success!
Be sure to check out pictures on our Facebook Page.

Watch a Video of the Science Festival Here!
Nantucket Science Festival 2015
Nantucket Science Festival 2015


April Vacation Camp


Join us for our first Spring Discovery Camp, Back to Nature, during April vacation.



WHEN: Monday, April 20 - Friday, April 24th  

TIME: 8:50AM - 1:00PM     AGES: 6-11


Locations are subject to change based on weather: 
Monday: Squam Swamp     Tuesday: Sanford Farm
Wednesday: Alter Rock/Gibbs Pond     Thursday: Masquetuck
Friday: State Forest

Where: 59 Milk Street Extension
When: Friday, April 10
Donations Encouraged


Daring Daughters of Nantucket 
Join MMA Curator Jascin Finger for a walking tour concerning the lives of Maria Mitchell and Nantucket's famous and infamous women, as well as lesser known women of the island.
WHEN: May 2 
TIME: 10:00AM-12:00 PM 
Call 508-228-9219 to register. $10 Members, $15 Non-Members. 

Feed and Meet the Animals Registration Open 
Come and meet the animals of the Aquarium and the Natural Science Museum! Watch them get fed and  learn about them up-close. Programs start June 15. Register now

Carnivorous Critters    
9:30AM-10:00AM     Mon., Wed., Fri.
Natural Science Museum 

Feeding Frenzy 
9:00AM-10:00AM     Mon.-Sat.     Aquarium 


Discovery Camp Scholarships
Thanks to a generous grant offered by EGCF, a nonprofit foundation, the Maria Mitchell Association is offering up to 12 scholarships for eligible Nantucket residents and visitors.

Dr. Michael West: Time's Mysteries 
"One of the great mysteries of time is why it only goes in one direction - always toward the future. We can move forward and backward in space, but, as far as we know, it's impossible to go backward in time. . ."
Read more in the Inquirer & Mirror.

Photograph courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope

Island Women's History
Grace Brown Gardner was a long-time educator, not just on Nantucket, but also in New Bedford, Fall River, and at the Framingham North School.

 She was also an avid scrapbooker. Learn more about how her 52 scrapbooks help researchers of Nantucket's history on
Maria Mitchell's Attic.

Photograph Courtesy of the
Nantucket Historical Association

International Dark Sky Week April 13-18

International Dark Sky Week is a time to celebrate and preserve the wonders of the dark night sky.

Did you know that two thirds of American's cannot see the Milky Way where they live because of light pollution?

We are lucky here on Nantucket because skies are still dark, but if we don't work together to reduce light pollution, then we could lose our spectacular skies someday too. Find out more here.  


Members Receive Exclusive Benefits
Members receive exclusive benefits,  
such as discounts on Discovery Classes, Nature Walks,  
Lectures, and other programs.  

Looking for a Place to Volunteer?

The Maria Mitchell Association welcomes any and all who wish to volunteer.
For inquiries and more information, please email info@mariamitchell.org.

Connect with us:


Maria Mitchell's Attic
A blog about Maria Mitchell, the Mitchells, and the Mitchell House

Also follow our Astronomy news and tweets from @ACKstronomy.

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Nantucket, MA 02554
(508) 228-9198
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Board and Staff


John L. Daniels, President
Deb Manus, First Vice President
Helene M. Weld, Second Vice President
Michael Nelson, Treasurer
Patricia L.R. Brennan, Ph.D., Clerk
Howard Blitman
Patty Gibian 
Judy MacLeod
Malcolm MacNab, M.D., Ph.D. 
Toni McKerrow

Mary Archibald (Bebe) Poor, D.V.M  

Eileen Rudden
Anne P. Strain
Edward Symes, III
John Hartner
Katherine Rhode, Ph.D.



Administration (508)228-9198
John L. Daniels, Interim Executive Director

Joan Alison Stockman, Director of Finance & Administration

George Donnelly, Director of Development & Communications

Sarah Erichsen, Development Coordinator
Astronomy (508)228-9723
Michael West, Ph.D. Director of Astronomy
Vladimir Strelnitski,
Maria Mitchell Observatory's Director Emeritus 
Gary Walker, Astronomer & Telescope Engineer

Mitchell House & Archives and Special Collections (508)228-2896
Jascin Leonardo Finger, Deputy Director & Curator of the Mitchell House
Natural Science (508)228-9198
Andrew Mckenna-Foster, Director of Natural Science
Education (508)228-9198
Kim Botelho, Director of Education 

Research Associates 
 Robert Kennedy, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow
Edith F. Andrews, Ornithologist Emeritus
Peter Boyce,  Ph.D., Research Associate
Valerie A. Hall, Ph.D., Research Associate

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