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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Nantucket Historical Society Fellowship Offer

In an effort to enhance the public's knowledge and understanding of the heritage of Nantucket, Massachusetts, the Nantucket Historical Association offers the E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Fellowship.

Established in 1999, the award encourages research in the collections of the Nantucket Historical Association and other Nantucket repositories and is open to academics, graduate students, and independent scholars. The Nantucket Historical Association is the principal repository of Nantucket history, with extensive archives, collections of historic properties, and art and artifacts that broadly illustrate Nantucket's past.

Topics of research for recent scholars have included health aboard whaleships, women at sea, scrimshaw, samplers, local artists, Nantucket's architectural heritage, Quakerism, the African-American and Cape Verdean communities, the Quaise Asylum, and abolitionism.

The E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Fellow will reside in the Thomas Macy House, a historic property owned by the association, for up to a three-week period. Housing is available January - May and October - December 2006. NHA Visiting Research Scholars will be expected to produce an article suitable for publication in the summer edition of Historic Nantucket, the NHA's quarterly journal. Recipients of the award will receive a stipend of $300 per week during the time in residence, for up to three weeks. Travel expenses will be reimbursed for expenses up to $600.

To apply: Send a full description of the proposed project, a curriculum vitae, the names of three references, and an estimate of anticipated time and duration of stay. Application deadline is December 1, 2005. Applicants will be notified by December 21, 2005.

Send application packet to:

Georgen Gilliam Charnes
Curator of Library & Archives
Nantucket Historical Association
P.O. Box 1016
Nantucket, MA 02554-1016.

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