History of Nantucket Told Through Photographs

Local authros James Everett Grieder and Georgen Charnes team up on new book and postcard packet.
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April 23, 2012 - PRLog -- The newest additions to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America and Postcards of America series is Nantcuket from local authors James Everett Grieder and Georgen Charnes. The books boast more than 200 vintage images and postcard memories of days gone by.

Nantucket, a Wampanoag word meaning “far-away island,” was first settled by Europeans in 1659. The earliest settlers, known as the “Proprietors,” envisioned a community of farmers and shepherds, but the island found its fortune as a preeminent whaling port in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. During its time under Quaker influence, Nantucket was a cosmopolitan and dynamic place; radical new ideas, like abolitionism and women’s rights, found fertile ground in the Quakers’ firm belief in equality.

As the entrance to the harbor became impassible, Nantucket lost its whaling focus and experienced a general economic decline. Ironically, this downturn and the resulting absence of new building, along with modern cultural change, became the springboard for its later revival. Nantucket was transformed into a tourist destination, an artist colony, and a summer home to the wealthy and famous, with a rich maritime heritage and a proud tradition of historic preservation.

Nantucket native James Everett Grieder has always had a deep interest in the island’s history. His efforts with the Nantucket Historic District Commission have allowed him to put his passion to work protecting the historic fabric of this special place. Georgen Charnes is the manuscript and photograph archivist at the Nantucket Historical Association, and through her work she has contributed greatly to the preservation of Nantucket’s long and storied history.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or

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