The Nantucket Beacon

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The Nantucket Beacon was an American weekly newspaper that was published on Nantucket Island from 1989 until 1998.

History[edit]

The Beacon's first edition (Issue I, Volume 1) was dated 9 March 1989.[1] Its founder, initial editor and publisher were the same person, Ann C. Olson.[2]

The Beacon quickly became a strong competitor to the Island's previous newspaper, The Inquirer and Mirror, so after a few years the Mirror's owners, Ottaway Newspaper Co. bought the Beacon. They ran it until it became unprofitable, and ceased publication in August 1998.[3][4]

Archives[edit]

A partial archive (1991 through 1997 issues) of the paper's output is at the Nantucket Historical Association Research Library.[5]

Notable issues[edit]

The 1 April 1992 issue ran April Fool's Day jokes on the first and last two pages. The front page stated that an earthquake destroyed Sankaty Head Light. Doctored photographs of the lighthouse were also on the front page.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] The Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, "The Nantucket Beacon"
  2. ^ [2] International Center for Journalists, 13 July 2004 issue, Ann Olson
  3. ^ [3] Peter B. Brace, environmental writer for Nantucket Beacon until August 1998
  4. ^ Nantucket Athenium
  5. ^ [4] Nantucket Athenium