Egan Maritime’s Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum has launched children’s programs at the Museum this summer for children ages six to ten. Every Wednesday through August 15, the Museum will offer a two hour educational program for children. A specialized age-appropriate tour will be included along with other select activities. Children will play fun outside maritime games, make an instrument, and sing along to sea shanties, enjoy painting maritime scenes with watercolors and learn printmaking with local artist David Lazarus, learn the art of knot tying with Harbormaster Sheila Lucey, and more maritime fun. The cost is $25 per child per session, and the topics by week are as follows:
July 18: Printmaking Workshop: Learn about the traditional art of printmaking and make maritime prints with local artist David Lazarus. Lesson and supplies included.
July 25: Knot-Tying: Watch Harbormaster Sheila Lucey demonstrate the fine art of knot tying and then participate in a knot tying craft.
August 1: Shipwreck Stories: A tour about shipwrecks around Nantucket and how the people on the ships were saved. Be a captain on board a merchant ship and watch for shoals. View two films – You Have To Go Out, which tells of the wreck of the H.P. Kirkham off the Rose & Crown shoal in 1892 and Marshall: A Nantucket Sea Dog, the story of a Newfoundland rescued from the W.F. Marshall in 1877, followed by maritime songs and the making of an instrument.
August 8: Watercolor Painting: Paint outside at the museum with local artist David Lazarus. Lesson and supplies included.
An additional new offering for the Museum’s anniversary year: on Thursday mornings through August 23, 10 to 10:30 am , a variety of local experts will talk on various maritime subjects such as the history of the island’s three lighthouses, the history of the Fresnel lens and its mechanics, the stories of the lighthouse keepers and their families, boating safety today, and fun unknown maritime facts. Museum mariner talks are included with museum admission. Speakers and topics by week are as follows:
July 19: Karen Butler, Author, Nantucket Lights, Lighthouses, Keepers & Their Families
July 26: Charles Allard on Bonfires to Beacons: The Amazing Fresnel Lens
August 2: Karen Butler, Author, Nantucket Lights, Lighthouses, Keepers & Their Families
August 9: CDR Maurice Gibbs, USN (Ret) on Small Boat Safety
August 16: Charles Allard on Kites & Cannons: Rescue Equipment
August 23: Andrea Wulffleff on Lightship Basket Making
Egan Maritime’s Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum is located at 158 Polpis Road, just 3.5 miles from Nantucket Town. The museum and gift shop will open for the season on Saturday, May 26 and will close on Columbus Day, Monday, October 8, 2018. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sundays Noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 – 18, and free to children under 6. For more information call (508) 228 -2505, or visit www.eganmaritime.org
Egan Maritime Institute envisions a future in which Nantucket’s seafaring legacy is preserved, protected, and embraced by future generations. It works to achieve this vision through its programs: the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum; Sea of Opportunities, a maritime education program and collaboration with public and private Nantucket schools; ACKweather, a website, phone app, and multiple social media channels dedicated to reporting Nantucket’s unique weather challenges; and Mill Hill Press, publisher of distinct Nantucket books. Each program aims to educate and provide experiences to achieve Egan Maritime’s mission of inspiring the appreciation and preservation of Nantucket’s maritime culture and seafaring legacy.