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The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association
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All New Family Programs at
the MMA      
Carnivorous Critters and Crafts
Join us on Wednesdays beginning October 28th
at the Hinchman House Natural Science Museum, 7 Milk St.
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Ages 3.5 - 6 with adult
Members $5/ Non-Members $10
Program includes an up-close encounter with a live animal along with a related story and craft.

First Class: October 28th - "Halloween Under the Sea" by 
Kim Botelho (our Director of Education's own story) with Halloween craft.  Please register in advance, 1 adult per child is admitted free-of-charge.
Falconry: On the Hunt
Join us to learn about Nantucket's raptors and get an up-close look at the hawks and falcons in the MMA bird collections.  Afterwards, we will head out to Siasconset where we will join Tom Mulholland from Nantucket Hawking and Falconry to learn how he trains his birds and then we will watch them in action.  Drive yourself or jump in our van for the trip (limited capacity).

Saturday, November 21st
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Ages 8 and up
Members $25/ Non-Members $35

Education Programs
Afterschool Discovery Classes   
Explore the island's diverse habitats, learn how wildlife prepare for winter, and have fun with hands-on activities in the MMA's Science Museum.  We will pick your children up directly from school and then return them to the Nantucket Elementary School for a 5PM pick up.
5 Week Series
Tuesdays, November 17 - December 15
2:20 PM - 5:00 PM
Ages 7-11
Members $150/Non-Members $200
Maximum capacity of 10
Register Here
Winter Discovery Camp  
STEAM: Art and Science Collide
MMA is moving full STEAM ahead with our Winter Discovery Camp.  Campers will have fun with hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math activities.  We will explore Nantucket's diverse habitats, build and launch rockets, program robots through obstacle courses, build a robot to take home, learn how animals are inspirations for new technologies, and more. 

December 21, 22, 28, 29, 30
8:50 AM - 1 PM
Ages 7-11
Members $250/ Non-Members $325
Maximum capacity of 10
Register Here       
What's Up For October 2015
Did watching the total lunar eclipse last month excite you?  Are you now more curious and interested in the dark sky?  See what NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory suggests looking out for in the sky during the month of October.  Let us know what you see!
Watch Now

Mathematical Model of Nantucket's Bay Scallop Population Published 



After a decade of work, Dr. Valerie Hall, a Research Associate with the Maria Mitchell Association, has produced a mathematical model that helps fishery managers and fisherman understand how the Nantucket Bay scallop population survives environmental variation in Nantucket's waters. Her work was published in the online journal Marine and Coastal Fisheries on October 2, 2015.
Maria on WGBH News
On October 2, WGBH News interviewed our very own Jascin Leonardo Finger, Deputy Director and Curator of the Mitchell House, Archives, and Special Collections, for the radio station's program "This Week in Massachusetts History."  On October 1, 1847, Maria Mitchell discovered a comet.  She is America's first female astronomer and an inspiration to many women and men today.  Listen to the interview here

   Welcome New Members!


We are excited to announce that we will be acknowledging our newest members in each E-Comet.  The MMA is a strong community and we are excited to welcome our newest members and their families:


Marsha Fader

Constance Cocroft Brown

Pat and Richard Brauman

Judith Deutsch

Lisa and Porter Dawson

Colleen and Randy Tartow

New Member Benefits!
We have updated our membership program! 
Check out what has changed here.
Become a member today and your membership will be valid for 15 months!
  Because members really do have more fun!
Stargazing Hours 
October Open Nights will be on the 19th and 20th
 from 7:30PM to 9PM.
Open Nights are free for Members and $10 for Non-Members.  View distant stars and galaxies using the largest public telescope on the East Coast.
Host Your Next Event Under
the Stars
  Want to provide your guests with an unforgettable and unique evening?  Host them at our Loines Observatory.  Our gorgeous deck overlooks sensational sunsets and at night, the stars glitter like diamonds with a brightness only Nantucket can provide.  An astronomer will be at your service to show your guests majestic planets and star clusters through our world class telescopes.  This location is perfect for cocktail parties, birthday parties, corporate events, rehearsal dinners, and much more!
For more information, please call Lauren at
508-228-9198 or email:
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October 8, 2015 

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Board and Staff


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

Mary Archibald (Bebe) Poor, D.V.M.  

Katherine Rhode, Ph.D.
Eileen Rudden

Anne P. Strain
Edward Symes, III



Administration (508)228-9198
David Gagnon, Executive Director

Joan Alison Stockman, Director of Finance & Administration

George Donnelly, Director of Development & Communications

Sarah Erichsen, Development Coordinator

Lauren Berlin, Administrative & Marketing Assistant
Astronomy (508)228-9723
Gary Walker, Interim Director of Astronomy/Astronomer and Telescope Engineer
Vladimir Strelnitski, Ph.D.,
Maria Mitchell Observatory's Director Emeritus 
Mitchell House & Archives and Special Collections (508)228-2896
Jascin Leonardo Finger, Deputy Director & Curator of the Mitchell House, Archives, and Special Collections
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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