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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The Schooner Roseway Arrives In Nahant | September 1, 2016


"Remembering the Valiant"

1 In 1955, Ray Palombo and Frank “Swede” McClain had a dream to build a boat that would allow them to lobster off shore. Many thought it couldn’t be done.

However, in October of 1963, after eight arduous years of building in the tight space between their homes on Forty Steps Lane, enlisting the help of anyone who would lend a hand, an 80-ft 90-ton dragger came to life, its launch bringing everyone from the towns people to Life Magazine to an emissary from President Kennedy to watch and support the launch of the Valiant.

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 by email, mail, or Facebook, or visit us at the Society and tell us your story.

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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

Wednesday and Thursday
1 PM Until 4 PM
Saturday, 10 AM Until 4 PM

2016 Nahant Calendar!

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

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Solar Winds Quintet

The end of summer finds the Solar Wiinds Quintet playing a program "Made in the USA" featuring compositions by American composers celebrating summer while it still lingers in our memory.

Sunday September 25, 2016 4-5:30 PM

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