Welcome To The Nahant Historical Society!

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

Our Mission
“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.”

Nahant Historical Society Board of Directors’ Position on Northeastern University Expansion

The Nahant Historical Society Board of Directors has come to the conclusion that it has a responsibility to NHS members and the people of Nahant to speak out clearly against further expansion by Northeastern University at East Point. East Point is a Natural Resource District under the Town’s By-Laws, and has been for nearly 30 years. If further expansion is allowed, that will be an historic decision which will negatively impact the future of East Point’s landscape, and that of our town, for future generations.

The mission of the Nahant Historical Society is not only to look back at the history of Nahant but also to look forward and speak out against decisions which may have a significant impact upon the cultural and historical direction of Nahant in the future. The Society is tasked to preserve the town’s past for the benefit of future generations. We must keep the essential being of our town...our history, our scenic beauty, our sense of community.

East Point embodies all of these attributes. It is an environmentally sensitive area, as a natural habitat for wild plants, migratory birds, and wildlife of many species. The Point has a unique geological formation, which has delighted and challenged Nahanters for centuries. Its history stretches back to ancient times, back to an era in which some historians believe East Point to have been the landing site of the Viking explorer Thorvald. Early Native Americans used the Point as their summer home and fishing grounds. Its primeval forests were cut down to make way for Ram Pasture for over 100 years, before becoming the site of the Nahant Hotel in the 1800s. East Point was the home of the great statesman and Nahanter Henry Cabot Lodge and his family, before it became an important military site during the Spanish American War, World War I and World War II; and a Nike base during the Cold War. It has been enjoyed for many years as an open recreational space for the townspeople of Nahant, and we hope that what now is open space will remain so.

The Nahant Historical Society supports the vision of Northeastern in wanting to establish the Marine Science Center among world leaders in the fields of marine and environmental science, coastal sustainability and climate change. At the same time, we strongly believe any further expansion of the Marine Science Center will irrevocably change not only the scenic beauty of East Point but also the essential being of our small town. By this expansion, Northeastern may well be destroying the very things they are hoping to study.

We prefer Northeastern to build their vision in a community that has the size and infrastructure to support their long-term goals. Nahant clearly does not have that infrastructure or size. As one of the preservation-focused organizations in Nahant, the Nahant Historical Society is committed unequivocally to saving and protecting all that is special about our town.

Nahant Historical Society Board of Directors

President, Chris Mathias
Vice President, Nancy Cantelmo
Treasurer, Suzanne Hamill
Secretary, Tess Munro Bauta
Austin Antrim
Doris Bongiorno
Joyce Haynes
T. Rose Holdcraft
Eden Reiner
Roxanne Schena
Marc Schepens

Our 2019 Calendars Are Now Available!

Announcements and Exhibits Fall 2018
Our Memories Project See The Latest Contribution Here!
East Point Presentation Download Julie Tarmy's recent "East Point" Presentation Script
Our 2017 Annual Report Download Our 2017 Annual Report
Hodges Reference Room See What's Happening Here!
Lowell Gallery Nahant on the Rocks

The Nahant Historical Society Wants To Know,
What’s in Your Backyard?

Treasures? Tools?

Click Any Image To Purchase Our 2018 Calendar!

Photo of the Nahant Community Center FEATURED EXHIBITION

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:
Certificate of Commendation from the American Association of State and Local History.

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