The Nantucket Chapter was organized September 28, 1959 and chartered September 10, 1960. The chapter holds its meetings on the 2nd Monday in January, May and October.
The chapter is named for Nantucket Island. Original Native American inhabitants, the Wampanoag people, lived undisturbed until 1641 when the island was deeded by the British to Thomas Mayhew and his son, merchants from Watertown, Massachusetts, and Martha's Vineyard. Nantucket was part of Dukes County, New York, until 1691, when it was transferred to the newly formed Province of Massachusetts Bay and split off to form Nantucket County. As Europeans began to settle Cape Cod, the island became a place of refuge for Native Americans in the region, as Nantucket was not yet settled by Europeans. The growing population welcomed seasonal groups of other Native Americans who traveled to the island to fish and later harvest whales that washed up on shore.