Celebrating The Collection

Celebrating The Collection

The Nahant Historical Society’s Collections are rich and diverse. In the inaugural exhibition for our new gallery we have focused on paintings. The newly refurbished space gives us the opportunity to showcase our collections in fulfillment of our mission, “for the enjoyment, education, and enrichment of the public”.

The exhibit runs through October 5th. Viewing hours are: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays 1:00pm - 4pm, Saturdays 10:00am-4:00pm. Free and open to the public.

Memories of Growing up in Nahant

Memories of Growing up in Nahant

By Linda Zeitz Lehman

I remember being at the J.T. Wilson School in the 1950s and the two-platoon system. The Johnson School was under construction and the Wilson was over crowded. So, some of us went to school from 8:30 to 12:30 and some of us went from 12:30 to 4:30. Miss Goodwin was my all-time favorite teacher. And the ‘apparatus’ filled the school yard and was enjoyed by all. We went to the Valley Road School for grades 7, 8 and 9. Marie Wall was the best English teacher that we had, and Mrs. Wilson certainly let you know when the stitching was not to her liking.

Nahant digs into its plants, then and now.

Nahant digs into its plants, then and now.

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is providing Nahant with a $15,000 federal grant for the initiative, Go Local: Nature in Nahant. The project will involve discovering the plants that grow — and once grew — in the seaside town’s unique natural surroundings, using a 19th-century pressed plant collection held by the library. The herbarium was created in 1897 by Nahant schoolteacher Florence “Miss Flossie” Johnson and her pupils.

Position on Northeastern University Expansion

Position on Northeastern University Expansion

Photography courtesy of Dave Morin.

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 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 a 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.

Operators of the Nahant Phone Exchange

Operators of the Nahant Phone Exchange

All Nahant calls (incoming and outgoing) were handled by the Operators at the Nahant Exchange on the corner of Valley Road and Spring Road, from 1911 until Nahant went ‘over dial’ in 1960. They definitely had their fingers on the pulse of Nahant. Not only did they know what was happening, they knew where everyone was. If someone needed Dr. DiClerico, they usually know where they could get a message to him.

William Wood and the Founding of Nahant’s First Public Library

William Wood and the Founding of Nahant’s First Public Library

By Bonnie Ayers D’Orlando, NHS Curator (retired)

Nahant Historical Society salutes Nahant Public Library on the bicentenary of its founding.  Among our museum’s rarest artifacts is a framed collection of four original letters. Although fragile and faded after 200 years, they document that beginning. On Saturday June 1st, the letters will be displayed for one evening during the Library’s gala.

The Local History of “Fairy Land” Nahant

The Local History of “Fairy Land” Nahant

Written by Jeff Musman, Photography by Isaac Daniel

When I drive home from Boston and cross the mile-and-a-half causeway onto Nahant, it’s like entering a different world: a magical place, a fairy land, the transition point from chaos to calm. The island of Nahant is a refuge for me and its other residents, as it is for lots of wildlife. It’s been this way since I moved here 45 years ago, as it was long before I arrived, and I hope it will be far into the future. (Click for more.)

"As Old as the Hills"

But just how old are those hills? The Nahant Historical Society is excited to have Nahant Resident and Geologist Barry Sidwell answer this question and more at our Annual Meeting. With a long-standing interest in landscape and natural history, paleogeography, and paleoclimatology, Barry says “the more I have learned, the more fascinated I have become.” Please join us as Barry takes us on an exploration of the deep geologic history of coastal New England highlighting the rocky cliffs of East Point, Nahant which are 500 million years old.

Free and open to the Public! Sunday, April 7, 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Nahant Community Center, 41 Valley Rd, Nahant.