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
9 july 2014/csb

EVENTS & NEWS

Nahant Victorian Dance Weekend
August 8, 9, & 10, 2014

nahant weekend

Events Include:

  • Grand Viennese Ball
  • Seaside Soirée
  • World War I Era Concert and Tea
  • Seaside Promenade
  • Costume and Dance Classes
  • Live Music by Spare Parts
Friday evening we will enjoy a soirée at the spectacular seaside estate known as Egg Rock.

View more details on the Event Page

register now

You may register on-line or by mail
Pay by PayPal or check/money order (USD) made out to: Vintage Victorian

The weekend is sponsored by the Nahant Historical Society to help preserve Nahant's heritage as a summer haven. It has been organized for the last 23 years by Katy Bishop and her husband Ben, with the assistance of their children and friends; without their help the events would not be possible. Some venues and services are donated to help keep the costs down so that everyone can afford to attend. We hope you’ll be able to join us this year!


Advance Registration Prices:
FULL 3 DAY WEEKEND ADMISSION:
$65 per person, $30 student
FRIDAY ONLY ADMISSION:
$15 per person, $5 student
SATURDAY ONLY ADMISSION:
$40 per person, $20 student
SUNDAY ONLY ADMISSION:
$25 per person, $10 student
 
nahant weekend

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR FRIDAY AND SUNDAY
 
AT-THE-DOOR REGISTRATION SATURDAY ONLY FOR A $5 ADDITIONAL FEE
—IF SPACE IS AVAILABLE—
 
SPECTATORS WELCOME AT SATURDAY’S BALL, JOIN US IN THE BALCONY!

OTHER NEWS


Ellingwood Chapel
Concert Series

Visit the concert page for the latest schedule and related information.

  • Sunday, July 20th, 4:00 PM
    The Savoy Quartet with Simon Linn-Gerstein, cello. The Shubert Cello Quintet with a program of Dvorak and Haydn.


Here’s an event, sponsored by 01908.org, a revival of a little piece of Nahant’s past some of you might remember:

01908 Grand Pram
August 2, 2014
Tudor Beach
Registration is open now! Visit the 01908 page to register.

  • Free Kids’ race (13 & under)
  • One-person kayak race
    (13 & over)
  • One-person SUP race
    (standup paddle, 13 & over)
  • Grand Pram Race
    (ages 21 & over only)

CURRENT EXHIBITS:


PUBLICATIONS:

You can buy all these items through our Gift Shop
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

EVENT & NEWS ARCHIVE

Nahant Historical Society’s 39th Annual Meeting
Ralph Adams Cram by Ethan Anthony

NOTE: CHANGED DATE!
SUNDAY, May 18th 2014, 2:00 pm
Ellingwood Chapel, Greenlawn Cemetery
(National Registry of Historic Places)
195 Nahant Road, Nahant, Massachusetts

howe estate

Ralph Adams Cram is now renowned as a designer of American university and church buildings. Although often remembered for his traditional work, such as Ellingwood Chapel, he created, among others, the Federal Building skyscraper in Boston in the Art Deco style.
 
Illustration: Ralph Adams Cram by Theodore C. Marceau, circa 1911, courtesy Library of Congress


2014 Nahant Calendar Now Available!

calendar

This annual favorite, contains memorable views of Nahant and its people. Includes rare images both old and new.
 
Price: $12.00


Keep the Character in Your Old House
a lecture by Jane Hennedy, preservation consultant

SUNDAY, November 3,rd 2013
Serenity Room, Nahant Community Center
41 Valley Road, Nahant, MA

howe estate

Illustration: The Thomas Howe estate on Little Nahant, designed by the Boston firm of Wait & Gutter, hand-tinted illustration from American Architect and Building News, November 27, 1880, collections of Nahant Historical Society.


Nahant Makes The New York Times!

The Annual Nahant Victorian Dance Weekend, sponsored by the Nahant Historical Society, was honored with two pages of photographs by Bill Cunningham in the New York Times on 18 August 2013.

The coverage can be found on
The New York Times website:
howe estate

The 22nd Annual Nahant Ball Weekend’s theme was An Evening in Vienna, with a Grand Victorian Ball on Saturday night at the Town Hall and Waltzing Through Time Concert with formal tea at the Community Center, and a Victorian promenade to East Point on Sunday. The weekend was organized by Katy and Ben Bishop and live music both days was provided by Spare Parts who can be heard on our CD: Dancing by the Shore. This was Mr. Cunningham’s first trip to Nahant and he enjoyed his time on our little penninsula immensely. Next year’s Dance Weekend will be held 8-10 August 2014.


The 2013 Paterson Lecture
The Caning: The Assault That Drove America to Civil War
by Stephen Puleo
SUNDAY, September 29,th 2013 at 2:00 pm
Serenity Room, Nahant Community Center
41 Valley Road, Nahant, MA

charles sumner As part of the Society’s commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, we present The Caning—The Assault That Drove America to Civil War by Stephen Puleo. This features a longtime summer visitor to Nahant, Charles Sumner, the illustrious United States Senator from Massachusetts from 1851-1874. An acclaimed orator, Sumner used his talents to passionately advocate the abolitionist cause. On May 22, 1856 in the United States Senate Chamber, he was brutally attacked and beaten by the ardent pro-slavery Congressman Preston Brooks from South Carolina. Come and learn more about this astonishing story that accelerated our nation and Nahant into the Civil War.

For more details see the Paterson Lecture page


01908 art gala

The Society is honored to be this year’s beneficiary for the 01908 Art Gala on September 7th and the very generous donation received to be used for our vital services as Nahant’s small museum. We are most grateful to the 01908 Committee for this extra-ordinary festival, which attracted all ages. The Society sends deepest thanks to all the artists, attendees and volunteers who made this fabulous event possible.

Nahant Historical Society
cordially invites you to
our first Conservation Clinic:
Saving a President’s Gift & Other Stories

with Monique Fischer & Amanda Malkin

TR SUNDAY, June 9, 2013
at 2:00 pm

Serenity Room, Community Center, 41 Valley Road, Nahant
 
~After the presentation, the conservators will advise attendees on care of their personal photographs or documents as time permits~
 
Monique Fischer is Senior Photograph Conservator & Amanda Malkin is Samuel H. Kress Conservation Fellow of the Northeast Document Conservation Center, Andover, MA
 
This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments served.
 
Parking is limited but shuttle service will be available at St. Thomas church’s lot at 248 Nahant Road one half hour before and after the program.


SPECIAL EVENT:
Our 38th Annual Meeting
SUNDAY, April 28, 2013 - 2:00 pm
Serenity Room, Community Center, 41 Valley Rd.
Elizabeth Cary Agassiz:
Ahead of her Time and of her Time

by Anne C. Bromer

1890s couple dancing Nahant author, scholar and rare book seller will share her work on a fascinating 19th century Nahant author, scientist and educator
 
This lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments served. Parking is limited but alternate shuttle service will be available at St. Thomas church’s lot at 248 Nahant Road one half hour before and after the presentation


The 2012 Annual Meeting
USS Constitution and the War of 1812
By Historian Margherita Desy
SUNDAY March 25th at 2 pm
For more details see the Annual Meeting page


Costume Workshops 2012
Regency Dressmaking, January 7
Fashions of the Titanic Era, February 25
Pre-registration is required.


The 2011 Paterson Lecture
The Spirit of Christmas Past:
Four Centuries of Christmas in New England
By Kenneth C. Turino
SUNDAY December 4th at 2 pm
For more details see the Paterson Lecture page


APPRAISAL DAY
November 6, 2-4pm
Nahant Community Center


Annual Garden Party
Sunday August 14, 2:00 pm
Poetry by Nahant Bay
For more details see the Event page


Nahant Victorian Day Ball
An evening in Vienna
a Victorian Ball, Saturday, July 7, 2012!
featuring music from our own CD:
Dancing by the Shore: Victorian Music from Nahant
Spectators Welcome, there’s a great view from the balcony!


Concert:
Music of the Titanic Era
with Live Music by Spare Parts

Sunday July 8, 2012
Serenity Room, Nahant Community Center


Nahant: A Garden of Art, 2012
Sunday, July 29th, at North Spring, 66 Ocean Street

AUTUMN FAIR
September 25, 10am-3pm
Nahant Community Center


New Exhibit:Drawn to Nahant
May 14-August 31 2008
in the Serenity Room


LAWN PARTY
August 24, 2008, 2-5pm, Cragmere, 211 Willow Road


Opera in Nahant
La Boheme

Saturday, June 28th 2008, 8pm Nahant Town Hall, 335 Nahant Road

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AUTUMN LECTURE: Fitz H. Lane
October 21, 2007, 2pm, Nahant Community Center


Nahant: the Painted Shores was a wonderful success!


The 2007 Paterson Lecture Longfellow Redux by Professor Christoph Irmscher Sunday February 25
For more details see the Paterson Lecture page