"The Nahant Boulder" is an old friend to those who love to study rocks. The boulder was doubtless carried to Nahant by the ice, when this part of the country was ice covered, and deposited when the ice melted. The stone is well known to geologists.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our Memories Project, which was launched in September of 2017, has already shared over a dozen memories of Nahanters. Former board member Anne Cote worked diligently to bring this to Nahant. Response on Facebook and by email continues to be positive, eliciting offerings of other childhood memories. We hope to continue sharing these, but we need folks to come forward with their stories. If you have a reminiscence you would like to share, please stop by the Society or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘Memories’ forms can also be found at the Public Library. Let’s hear from you!
Molly Conlin was our guest speaker at the 2018 annual meeting. She shared with us the ins and outs of putting this incredible piece of art together. Under Molly’s gracious leadership, a total of 30 Nahant women gathered at the Conlin home to create the quilt in honor of our country’s Bicentennial celebration. We learned from Molly, and some of the other quilters who were in attendance, that a few husbands ‘lost’ their shirts and ties for the good of the Bicentennial. Some of their children were also involved in the project.