July 3, 2014

The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association
E-Comet Newsletter

The Maria Mitchell Association Presents
An Evening with the Stars

Sunday, July 13, 2014
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Sankaty Head Golf Club

Cocktails & Light Buffet

 Music by Perry Rossi

Featuring a silent auction & a raffle for a downtown parking space.  


For more information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please visit our website.

Junior Historians
(Ages 7-10)

Programs offered on Tuesdays & Thursdays starting July 8th:
  • Nantucket Girls
  • Games of Long Ago
  • Scrapbooks & Dreams
  • Mystery History Ghost Tour
  • Mashop & the Puckwudgies: Nantucket Native American Legends
  • Keep the Lights Burning
  • Mitchell House Sampler
For more information or to pre-register, visit our website or call 508.228.9198

New Exhibits at the Aquarium & Museum

Thanks to local charter boat captain Marc Genthner on the Just Do It Too and Josh Eldridge at Critter Cruise, the Aquarium has some great animals including a trigger fish, smooth dogfish, striped bass, sea robins, and more!  Our 1 in 10 million orange lobster, sea horses, and the tropical flying gurnard are also on display.  Things change all the time so no visit is the same!


The Museum has several new exhibits.  Recently, some young naturalists donated a crayfish they found wandering Nantucket.  We just installed a new barn owl box exhibit and our baby snapping turtle just emerged from its winter nap.  When you visit, the tortoise might be out roving the lawn during its daily walk.  The museum is also an excellent place for a shady picnic during the heat of the day - there is lots of seating surrounded by native plants.


Visit us at the Aquarium or Natural Science Museum
Monday-Saturday, 10AM-4PM
Or sign up for one of our programs!  

Hands-On Astronomy Programs!

ARTstronomy * Blast Off! * Robot Explorers *
Stars & Senses Night Hike * Astrophotography * AstroKids Nights


 For more information or to register for activities, visit our website. 

Summer Discovery Camp & Teen Programs
(Ages 5-15)

Discovery Camp is underway and the kids are all having a great time!
Register today to reserve your spot!

Discovery Camp Scholarships Are Still Available!

Thanks to a generous grant offered by the EGCF, a non-profit foundation, the Maria Mitchell Association is offering up to 24 scholarships for eligible Nantucket residents and visitors.  The grant reduces the cost of the Discovery and Naturalist Leadership Programs by 80% with the purchase of a Family Membership for $25.00.

For more information or to download an application, visit our website.  


If you have any questions, please call us at 508.228.9198 or email Kim Botelho, MMA's Director of Education. 

Upcoming Astronomy Lectures

Galileo, Shakespeare, van Gogh: 
Creative Reactions to the End of the World

by Prof. Bill Harris
Where: 33 Washington Street
When: Thursday, July 10th
Time: 7-8PM

Stars As Clues To A Galaxy's History
by Prof. Gretchen Harris
Where: 33 Washington Street
When: Tuesday, July 15th
Time: 7-8PM

Not Your Grandfather's Universe:
Progress In Modern Astronomy
by Prof. Katherine Rhode
Where: 33 Washington Street
When: Thursday, July 17th
Time: 7-8PM

Free Admission

Barn Owl Box Visits

Dr. Bob Kennedy, MMA Senior Research Fellow, visited Nantucket from June 30 to July 2 to start the annual census of the Barn Owl Boxes in the MMA Nest Box Program.


Photo of the successful visit to the Barn Owl Box at the McKerrow home where they found several young Barn Owls and an egg.


A full report on Bob's visit will be included in an upcoming e-comet. If you have a Barn Owl Nest Box and have not yet joined the program, please do, so that your Barn Owl family can be included in the annual census!


Learn more about the new Nantucket Barn Owl Nest Box Program! 

Birthday Parties at MMA!

Come celebrate your child's birthday with us.  We are now offering private birthday parties June through October!

For more details on booking a party, visit our website.

Stargazing Nights at Loines Observatory

Where: 59 Milk Street Extension
When: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
(Weather Permitting)
Time: 9-10:30PM

Members: Free
Non-members: $10/person

2013 Annual Report

You can now view our annual report online.

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Board and Staff


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

Mary Archibald (Bebe) Poor, D.V.M  

Eileen Rudden
Anne P. Strain
Edward Symes, III
Helene M. Weld



Administration (508)228-9198
Janet E. Schulte, Ph.D., Executive Director
Joan Alison Stockman, Financial Administrator

Kyra Taylor, Administrative Assistant
Astronomy (508)228-9723
Michael West, Director of Astronomy, Ph.D.
Vladimir Strelnitski, Maria Mitchell Observatory's Director Emeritus, Ph.D.
Gary Walker, Astronomer and Telescope Engineer

Mitchell House & Archives and Special Collections (508)228-2896
Jascin Leonardo Finger, 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 
         Robert Kennedy, Senior Research Fellow, Ph.D.         
Edith F. Andrews,Ornithologist Emeritus
                                            Peter Boyce,  Research Associate, Ph.D.                                        
           Valerie A. Hall, Research Associate              

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