Friday Find

Friday Find: Preservation Month Events!

For the month of June, Nantucket Preservation Month the “Friday Find” will feature events you can find listed on the Preservation Month Calendar – click here. Below are this week’s featured events.

“Wallpaper is bACK” Panel Discussion

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Date: Friday, June 12
Times: 5:00pm and 7:00pm
Location: The Atheneum – Great Hall
Details: The preservation of the past and style through wallpaper. A design panel about the historical origins and modern day applications of wallpaper. Featuring Nantucket designers Audrey Sterk Design, Melanie Gowen Design, master wallpaper hanger and historic preservationist Tom Ayars, and special guest interior designer Gary McBournie Inc. FREE to the public. Donations welcome and greatly appreciated to benefit the Nantucket Preservation Trust.

Bartlett Farm’s Hayloft Lecture with Leslie Linsley


Date: Saturday, June 13
Times: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Bartlett Farm’s Hayloft
Details: Join author Leslie Linsley who will present a slide show and lecture from her latest book Nantucket Cottages & Gardens. The book will be available for sale (cash or check only). Enjoy complimentary coffee, tea and farm baked goodies prepared by Bartlett Farm. This event is FREE!

How to Properly Clean Gravestones


Date: Saturday, June 13
Times: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Mitchell House (starting location)
Details: The Maria Mitchell Association invites you to meet at the historic Mitchell House for a talk, lead by it’s curator, about stone monuments and their conservation.  Afterward, the class will move to the Prospect Hill Cemetery where participants will learn how to properly clean stone monuments. Members of the Maria Mitchell Association will be charged $10 and Non-Members $15. Limited space, reservations necessary. Please call 508.228.2896 to register.

Friday Find: Weekend Preservation Events!

In honor of Nantucket Preservation Month we’ve found three interesting events you can attend this weekend, and they’re all listed on the Nantucket Preservation Month calendar (click here).

“Built on Narrow Land”  Film Screening

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Date: Friday, June 5th
Times: 1:00pm and 4:00pm
Location: The Starlight Theater & Cafe
Details: The opening Preservation Month film, Built on Narrow Land, focuses on historic houses located along the Cape Cod National Seashore and their fate today.
Tickets cost $11 (includes one free small popcorn) and 50% proceeds will benefit the NPT.
Tickets will be for sale at the Starlight Theater one-hour prior to film screening.

 Historic Mortar and Plaster Demo


Date: Saturday, June 6th
Times: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Meet at 55 Union Street – side yard
Details: Come learn about the fantastic scientific process behind slaking lime for mortar and plaster (see it boil and bubble!) and how you can preserve your historic house using centuries old techniques. Island architectural conservator and mason Pen Austin utilizes historic processes to work on historic chimneys and historic plaster both on and off the island. Witness the process of slaking mortar, the importance of using historically accurate methods that help to ensure the stability of your chimney and your home, and the evolution of the fireplace and hearth!

Nantucket Historical Association – Historic Properties

Date: Saturday, June 6 –  7
Times: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Location: NHA Historic Properties
Details: In honor of Preservation Month, the Nantucket Historic Association is offering FREE admission to their historic properties including: Old Gaol, Greater Light, Fire Hose Cart House, and Old Mill. For more information visit the NHA Web Site –

Friday Find: Green Preserve Jars!


We want YOU to FIND a GREEN preserve jar at one of the Preserve Jar Campaign, participating businesses. June 1 kicks off Nantucket’s month- long celebration of Nantucket Preservation Month. The 2015 theme is, “Preservation is the ultimate green” So decided to help spread awareness of preservation by offering businesses the opportunity to join the GREEN, Preserve Jar Campaign. This is a simple and FREE way you can participate and show your support for preservation.. To participate find a GREEN preserve jar at one of the participating businesses and enter your name and email address for a chance to win the Preservation Month gift-basket! Don’t miss out on this easy and fun opportunity to win a great basket of items donated by: Skar Designs, Walter’s Deli, The Yoga Room, Nantucket Preservation Trust, Leslie Linsley, local authors and more! Starting Monday, June 1st until the end of the month stop by one of the following businesses to enter the Preserve Jar Campaign:

Access Nantucket
Annye’s Whole Foods
Epernay Wine and Spirits
Handlebar Café
Murray’s Toggery
Nantucket Antiques Depot
Nantucket House Antiques
The Carlisle House Inn
The Yoga Room
Wicked Island Bakery


Learn more about Nantucket Preservation month and all the events

Friday Find: NPT Board Members!

Guess who we found in the spotlight! Two NPT board members: Michelle Elzay, co-owner of Sparrow Designs with husband Matthew Brandon, and Susan Zises Green, interior designer and owner of Susan Zises Green Interior Design & Decoration.



If you watched the April 10th episode of the NBC Network television show, Open House, you may have recognized Michelle. As the show states, her “effortless” design work was the highlight of the episode filmed inside a late 18th century townhouse that she recently revamped on the upper east side at 953 5th Avenue, New York. To view the complete episode, click here.



Board member, Susan Zises Green, and her Nantucket home are currently featured in the June issue of Traditional Home magazine. The 1820’s Shaker-style summer house is beautifully portrayed in both words and photographs.  If you look closely at one of the photos, you just may see an NPT House Marker! To learn more about Susan Sizes Green and read the complete article, click here.

We are thrilled to share with you the successes of our wonderful board members! Elzay and Green may be the feature this week, but you never know who could turn up in the spotlight next! We are honored to have a total of 25 supportive and talented board members – for the complete list click here.

Friday Find: Roman God and Goddesses!

Statues inside 94 Main Street by Edgar W. Jenney
Statues inside 94 Main Street by Edgar W. Jenney


If you stop by our office you’ll find six, three foot Roman statues sitting in the back. You may wonder why and where we found them. Norton Preservation Trust owners, Valerie and Rick Norton, are currently restoring 94 Main Street. The property was most recently owned by Mrs. Lodge, a true preservationist, whom has sadly passed94 main 2 away. Mr. and Mrs. Lodge’s (John A. Lodge) strong commitment to the preservation of the island and it’s structures was recognized by the NPT through the creation of The John A. and Katherine S. Lodge Stewardship Award. The Lodges granted the NPT a preservation easement on 94 Main Street. Valerie and Rick thus felt it was fitting to give the Lodge’s beloved statues, , fixtures in the residence for almost 100 years, to the NPT.

Amazingly the statues, given their age, remain in decent condition, with three fully intact. Three of the statues have a stamp with the words “Caproni” on the bottom which, we learned means they were produced by the Boston based company, PP Caproni & Brothers. The company was known to be manufactures of plaster reproductions of classical and contemporary statues in the 1900’s. Online comparisons of similar Caproni sculptures lead us to believe the sculptures date back to at least 1920 and have resided in 94 Main Street for almost 100 years!

FullSizeRenderAfter a bit of digging and with the help of our Administrative Assistant, Heather Burke’s brother-in-law, Brendan Burke, Chair of the Department of Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada, were learned the Roman sculptures are fashioned after the following Gods and Goddesses (see photos below).

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Venus Genetrix
Aphrodite of Arles
Aphrodite of Arles
Artemis of Gabii
Artemis of Gabii


Heads up! You may have a chance to own one of these sculptures in the upcoming months. Stay tuned for more information.

Friday Find: YOU find us!

This week we want you to find us! That’s right, look for the official Nantucket Preservation Trust car in the 41st Daffodil Antique Auto Parade on Saturday. The car may look a bit different (see photo below) decorated with daffodils and yellow décor, but hopefully it’ll catch your eye. For a few tips on how you can properly restore your antique car, click here. Remember, it’s important to preserve your antique car, but even more important to preserve the home where your car resides!

IMG_9791– Marisa Holden

Friday Find: Historic barn converted into a library…


Did you know tomorrow, April 18, wraps up National Library Week?

This annual April celebration has a 2015 theme of “Unlimited Possibilities”. For today’s Friday Find, we found a historic barn that highlights this theme. The Jackson Public Library, located in Jackson, New Hampshire, was built as a barn, but has since been dismantled and rebuilt to become the town’s public library. Trickey Barn, built in 1858, was an extension to Jackson’s first inn, and by 2008 was in need of rescue. That same year, after the need for a new library became apparent, town officials and the local historical society joined forces to respond to the two issues: the potential fate of Trickey Barn and the need of a new library. In 2010, the reassembled barn officially opened as the Jackson Public Library. Throughout the process, sustainable materials were used and many of its original features were retained.


For more information and to see the barn, which is now the Jackson Public Library, click here. 

-Marisa Holden

Friday Find: Spring Cleaning!

IMG_0471The island weather is starting to feel like Spring and the April showers are here! Maybe that’s what led to this week’s office Spring cleaning. Cleaning usually doesn’t evoke excitement, however after finding old NPT event invitations, promotional items, newsletters, cards, and more we are eager to dive into the 2015 event season! Featured below and above are NPT graphics we’ve “preserved” over the years. Luckily, with the help of our lead graphic designer, Kathleen Hay our office has quite the collection of well-designed graphics to reminisce over.august fete

Do you recognize a common trend amongst the August Fete invitations? The 2015 event marks the 10-year anniversary and we can’t wait to reveal the graphics. They’ll be refreshing and new, however will still reflect the common trend – STARS! How could we forget the past Summer Kitchen Tour graphics, which were revamped for last year’s 10-year anniversary! Before the revamp the graphics were kept consistent over the years with a checkered kitchen look including the colors red, white and blue! FullSizeRender

Stay tuned and check your mailboxes to see what this year’s invitations will look like. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

– Marisa Holden

Friday Find: Preservation Month Wallpaper!

This week we found out a Nantucket designer, Audrey Sterk will offer a commemorate preservation month wallpaper, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the NPT. The historic pattern was hidden in the closest of a Fair Street home and found by Audrey during a renovation project. She has since given new life to the historic design and created:

The Fair Street Pattern

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This is just one of the featured Preservation Month specials that will be offered during the month of June on Nantucket. For a complete list of Nantucket’s Preservation Month events, activities and specials pick up the June 5th Inquirer & Mirror newspaper. To learn more about Audrey Sterk Design and her business click here.

-Marisa Holden

Friday Find: Musical Composition…

This week we found a musical composition titled, Why Old Places Matter by Composer, Eric Nathan. After Nathan spent time in Rome as a 2013 Rome Fellow and met Tom Mayes (author of the essay series “Why Old Places Matter”) he became inspired to create the piece. In a recent post on the National Trust for Historic Preservation Blog Nathan explained:

“I’m still figuring out exactly why and how old places matter to me. My piece was one attempt to try to understand that. So, perhaps my “wordless” answer in my piece might better speak to my evolving emotional engagement with old places.”
-Eric Nathan

Why do old places matter?
Sit back, relax and turn up your volume to hear how Eric Nathan musically answered this exact question.


– Marisa Holden