Continuing with our regional focus,
today we share history about the
Nantucket–Florida Connection  
Chart of the Gulf Stream, 1782, Timothy Folger, Benjamin Franklin, George Le Rouge. Ink on paper; 18 ½ x 24 in. Gift of the Friends of the Nantucket Historical Association. MS1000-2-2-10.
Nantucket vs. Florida
  • ACK
  • Population: 15,000
  • Island
  • Beautiful Beaches
  • Whaler's Lane
  • NHA- 15 Properties
  • Quiet Season in Winter
  • Tourist Economy
  • 50 Square Miles
  • Cranberry Bogs
  • No NFL Teams
  • New England Salt Box
  • Nantucket Railroad
  • MIA and 16 others
  • Population: over 21 million
  • Peninsula
  • Beautiful Beaches
  • Alligator Alley
  • Walt Disney World- 4 Theme Parks
  • Quiet Season in Summer
  • Tourist Economy
  • 65,755 Square Miles
  • Citrus Farms
  • 3 NFL Teams
  • Art-Deco Architecture
  • Flagler Railraod System
The Curator's Corner
with Dan Elias, Robyn & John Davis Chief Curator
Henry Emerson Tuttle, one of the foremost bird artists of the twentieth century, saw and drew this female Pileated Woodpecker in the Okeefenokee Swamp in 1929. Native of Illinois, he studied at Yale University, and was president of a residential house there. He married Isabelle Hollister Tuttle. As a child, Tuttle was in poor health, and developed a habit of sitting and observing birds, which translated into a lifelong passion for depicting birds through the medium of drypoint etching. He served as curator of prints at the Yale University Art Gallery in the 1930s and 1940s. Isabelle and Emerson summered on Nantucket. 

Photo: Pileated Woodpecker, 1929. Henry Emerson Tuttle. Ink on paper, 9" x 7". 2007.38.1
“The Life and Work of Addison Mizner,”
with Richard Rene Silvin

Watch Rene Silvin’s 2018 guest lecture at the Whaling Museum, co-sponsored with the Nantucket Preservation Trust, about Addison Mizner, noted architect, and his achievements in Palm Beach.
History Topic:
Right Whale Migration to Florida
By Bob Kucharavy

At the end of fall, and with the winter months approaching, some Nantucketers plan their migration to warmer weather for a few months. They aren’t the only mammals planning to head south. North American right whales migrate seasonally and may travel alone or in small groups.

Each fall, some right whales travel more than 1,000 miles from the feeding grounds in colder waters to the shallow, coastal waters of South Carolina, Georgia, and northeastern Florida. These waters in the southern United States are the only known calving area for the species.

Photo: Whale tail by Richard Sagredo via Unsplash.
History Topic:
The Right Whale...but the Wrong Story.
By Jack Fritsch

The Right Whale is so often in the news of late as its numbers in the North Atlantic decline ever further. Throughout history this species has perhaps been the most familiar of its kind, and it has been said that it was called the Right Whale because it was the right whale to catch. The explanation is attributed to whalemen, who were purported to describe the Right Whale as being found close to shore, swimming slowly on the surface, docile, staying afloat after dying, and having a high blubber content… thus the right whale for their pursuit.

Photo: G. B. Ellis Copper Engraving, Philadelphia, 1825.
1800 House
Nantucket Shell Mirrors Made Easy
With a shout-out to our friends in Florida, Mary Lacoursiere, NHA Peter M. and Bonnie J. Sacerdote Chair of Education and Community Relations, shares tips and tricks to create beautiful shell mirrors with materials found at home. Mary makes it easy to get a stunning result and demystifies the process for everyone.
History Topic:
Preservation Institute: Nantucket
In the summer of 1972, the Preservation Institute: Nantucket began its first classes to teach architects the many faces of historic preservation. Bringing fourteen students from colleges around the United States, this program began to supply towns and state governments with experts to address the growing desires to keep old ways intact during a period of intense modernization. While some people today value Nantucket as an architectural time-capsule, that was not always the case — and it took the teamwork of a professor from the University of Florida and a New York businessman to set this preservation mindset in motion.

Photo: Group portrait of the Preservation Institute: Nantucket Class of 1981. P22003.
Digitization & Transcription Update
Of all the whaling voyages documented in our Ships’ Logs collection, only one log records a trip to Florida. In 1791 the brig Polly sailed down the east coast, headed for Haiti, Cuba, and Florida.

Though the state of this log poses challenges for transcription with its faded ink and tattered pages, a closer look at this volume would reveal the voyage’s success (or lack of), and may provide insight on why this whaling circuit was so unusual.

Help us transcribe the Polly and other volumes!
The NHA thanks Connie and Tom Cigarran for their visionary gift to support this
digitization and transcription project. 
Congratuatlons to our very own Florida State University graduate!

Sara David, NHA Digitization Archivist, completed her Masters of Science in Information this week! Sara is dedicated to digitization and transcription here at the NHA.
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