Nahant Historical Society

41 Valley Road, Nahant Massachusetts 01908 781-581-2727

Our mission is:
“To acquire, preserve and interpret artifacts of Nahant, Massachusetts, illustrating its history, prehistory and that of people associated with it, for the enjoyment, education and enrichment of the public. ”

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Last updated
26 apr 2016/csb
crocuses february 2016

crocuses, February 2016, photo by Katy Bishop

Remembering the Valiant
Sunday July 17, 2016

valiant In 1963 the 80 foot, 90 ton, Dragger "The Valiant" built and christened in Nahant by Ray Palumbo and Frank “Swede” McClain and launched at Wharf Beach amid town-wide interest (no school that day!) and with national acclaim (Life Magazine sent a photographer). This summer the Society is planning a program highlighting this memorable event. Do you have photos or a special gem of a memory you could share to enhance our extensive archives? If so please forward them to us (at the address to the left), either by email, mail, facebook, or visit us at the Society and tell us your story. We are also looking for pictures! Remember the Valiant–How a community came together to build and launch a dream. July 17, 2016, 2 to 4 p.m. , Serenity Room at the Community Center. Short lecture presentation, followed by an open forum sharing of memories about the building and launching of the Valiant. There will also be a photo exhibit with a few artifacts on display. We’re always looking for photographs and memories to add to our collection. Share them here, email them to the Society, or come visit us at 41 Valley Road!

Launch of the Valiant, Nahant Historical Society Collection

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2016 Nahant Calendar!

This year’s theme is
“Nahant in Stereoscopic Views”
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Nahant Community Center

Come visit and learn about Nahant’s rich historic heritage in our quarters here at the Nahant Community Center, formerly the Valley Road School. We welcome researchers and urge you to visit our Hodges Reference Room and its library and archives facilities. We invite you to visit our premier major exhibition, entitled Nahant on the Rocks. This retrospective illustrates in a lively format the legendary and seldom told story of Nahant and its people. Nahant on the Rocks opened in 2003 to rave reviews. In 2004 this exhibition won one of the most prestigious museum awards: the Certificate of Commendation from the American Association of State and Local History.
History is fun! Come join us.

The Nahant Historical Society is a member of the following organizations:
American Association of State and Local History
New England Historic Genealogical Society
New England Museum Association