02 September 2007

Hidden Treasure:Nantucket Atheneum and Century House

Question: What do the Century House B& B Luxury Inn and the Nantucket Atheneum have in common? Answer: they are both in the same age bracket --- the Nantucket Atheneum having opened its big double doors 172 years ago and the Century House entering its 175th year (Season 2008 )of serving the Island Traveler.

"We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing." Maria Mitchell, Atheneum's first Librarian (1836-1856) and the first astronomer (see article here).

The stewards know that the library is more than just an impressive and historic building; not a temple nor shrine to preserve the past, but a dynamic gathering place of ideas sparked by the information and the stories available within its walls.

In keeping with the traditions of the 19th and 20th centuries when speakers such as Frederick Douglas, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau spoke in the Atheneums' Great Hall, the Atheneum has continued to offer world class lectures including speakers such as David McCullough, Senator Bill Frist, Katie Couric, Lesley Stahl, Tim Russert and just this August 15 2007, the astute GE ex-corporate and business gurus Jack and Suzy Welch, Business Week Columnists and Authors of Winning.
Discover the freedoms of Nantucket! and enjoy the luxury of strolling just a few blocks down down the cobblestones and attending one of these prestigious lecture series in the intimate setting of Historic Nantucket. No traffic nor crowds to fight, just the simple pleasures of Island breezy living.

By the way, the Atheneum also owns an exceptional special collection of island-related artifacts and artwork. From whaling ships' logs to records of the town dating back to 1688, the special collection provides a window to the past centuries on Nantucket .