Families have a new way to explore Nantucket history with the Nantucket Historical Association’s new Time Traveler’s experience. The beautifully designed threepiece set includes a printed passport, coloring book, and journal and is intended to guide families to an adventure at of the NHA’s Historic Sites, which will be open free to all visitors this summer.
At each Historic Site, participants get their Time Traveler’s passport stamped and fill in their journals and coloring books with the history they have learned. Once a Time Traveler has their entire passport stamped, they can redeem a prize at the Whaling Museum.
Time Traveler kits are available at the Whaling Museum Shop at 13 Broad Street or through the online shop at nantucketmuseumshop.org. The NHA is donating Time Traveler kits to the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club and Nantucket Elementary School.
“After closing the Historic Sites in 2020 due to the pandemic and only having them open for a limited amount of time in 2021, we are very excited to have the sites back open every week for all to enjoy and to launch this new offering for families to enjoy,” says Miranda Dale, NHA Manager of Visitor Operations.
Hours of operation for each Historic Site are as follows:
Oldest House & Old Mill: Wed-Sat, 11 am–4 pm (through September 3)
Quaker Meeting House: Mon-Fri, 10 am–4 pm (through October 7)
Greater Light & Old Gaol: Wed-Sat, 11 am–4 pm (July 1–September 3)
The Time Traveler’s experience was created by students in the Michael Graves College at Kean University through a multi-year project partnership. The NHA thanks the students Zandra Aguilo, Catherine Circonciso, Zoe Feuer, Melissa Ostrander, Patrycja Sliwowska, and Drew Span, as well as their practicum staff, Christopher Navetta, faculty mentor, and Dawnmarie McDermid, Creative Director for their time and creativity during the development process of this project.
“Engaging our students and their faculty mentors in the research, concept, and design for Nantucket Historical Association projects have been invaluable for their education beyond the studio classroom. For the students, seeing their ideas and creativity yield actual products is not just rewarding, it validates their studies and career choice. We are grateful to the NHA for providing this extraordinary internship experience,” says Rose Gonnella, Associate Dean, Michael Graves College, Kean University.