Historic ’Sconset

Siasconset Historical Research Group (SHRG)

Did you know that in 2008, a small group of ’Sconseters and islanders interested in preserving and documenting ’Sconset history came together and is now functioning under the umbrella of the Nantucket Historical Association? The idea man behind the formation of this group is Paul Judy, local historian and inveterate researcher. In collaboration with the NHA, the Nantucket Preservation Trust (NPT) and the ’Sconset Trust, Paul has defined a plan for collecting and sharing historical information about properties, historical homes, personalities and community institutions.

The idea of an annual village assembly to learn about and celebrate interesting aspects of the village’s history is an outgrowth of the highly successful Nantucket Historical Association’s ’’Sconset 02564 exhibition during the summer of 2008. Proceeds from the sale of the exhibition’s companion publication, ’Sconset: A History, are being set aside by the NHA to fund ongoing research on the community’s history. The Siasconset Historical Research Group (SHRG) has been organized under the auspices of the NHA to help plan and guide these further endeavors. The SHRG each summer holds a public meeting, named “‘Sconset History Night” of all interested individuals to attend a session at the Casino on the second or third Monday of August at 7 P.M. to talk about the SHRG’s set of initiatives, to seek input from the community, and to present a talk on an aspect of ‘Sconset history.

At the recent ‘Sconset History night on August 15, 2016, historian and writer Betsy Tyler, presented “‘Sconset’s Man of Mystery, William J. Flagg (1818-1898), Denizen of the North Bluff.”

Paul Judy also launched an initiative in 2008 to work on house histories. Paul brought together a modern-day team including historian and writer Betsy Tyler, Michael May, executive director of  the NPT, and Bob Felch, director of the Siasconset Historical Research Group.

Thank you to Mary Warren Moffett and Rob Benchley for creating and providing the following slide presentation on Historic ’Sconset: