July 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Online, YouTube Live, Zoom
While Nantucket native Frederick Coleman Sanford(1809-1890) owned several whale ships, he made a fortune in the California Gold Rush and foreign trade.
Join Atheneum Reference Department staff Jim Borzilleri and Lincoln Thurber for a discussion of Sanford’s life and times. His story embodies a period in Nantucket history when the Gold Rush lured Nantucketers west, Clipper Ships paid for themselves on a single voyage, trade with China led to war and financed American railroads, and the Island’s entrepreneurs shifted their vast fortunes from whaling to new technologies and markets.
After pursuing economic opportunities all over the world, Sanford returned to Nantucket later in life where passed away in 1890. An avid book and art collector, Sanford bequeathed his 1,000+ volume library and China Trade paintings to the Nantucket Atheneum, as well as one-third of his fortune.
Jim Borzilleri has been studying these materials, and Sanford’s life, and will share his findings in this presentation.
Join us on the Atheneum’s YouTube Channel where the discussion will be livestreamed.
Or join us in the Zoom webinar to ask questions: